The NHL playoffs open tonight with five games on the schedule. While the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals don’t begin their series against Carolina until tomorrow night, their rival in the Eastern Conference — the Pittsburgh Penguins (44-26-12) — open up on the road against the New York Islanders (48-27-7). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NHL schedule for today’s and Thursday’s contests, click HERE.

On the diamond, the Chicago Cubs learned yesterday that Jon Lester is likely headed to the injured list with a hamstring injury. Missing their ace for at least a few starts puts added pressure on tonight’s starter — Yu Darvish — to begin living up to his mega-contract. Darvish will be seeking his first win in 11 months as the Cubs (3-7) continue their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates (5-4) at Wrigley Field. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full MLB schedule, click HERE.

And the NBA regular season wraps up tonight with a few spots in the postseason left to be determined, including the Charlotte Hornets, who are fighting for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Hornets (39-42) trail the Detroit Pistons by one game for the final spot as they host the Orlando Magic (41-40) at Spectrum Center. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click HERE.

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