USA and Canada: NHL Playoffs: Saturday will see some exciting games in this year's National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Nashville Predators capped off the franchise's first playoff sweep Thursday night with a 4-1 Game 4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena. They became the first team to advance beyond the first round. The Predators were able to put the clamps on the Blackhawks thanks to a pair of shutouts back in the Windy City—results that have been rather rare over the past decade-plus. The Predators became the first team in the past 15 years and only the third to post consecutive postseason shutouts on the road in Chicago. Also advancing at this point to the second round are the Anaheim Ducks, in a 4 games to nil sweep of the Calgary Flames, and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won a 4-1 series over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Saturday's games pit the Rangers against the Canadiens, the St. Louis Blues vs. the Minnesota Wild, and the Oilers vs. the Sharks
NBA Finals: The Toronto Raptors will visit the Milwaukee Bucks this afternoon in Game 4 of an Eastern Conference first-round series. The Washington Wizards visit the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 of an Eastern Conference first-round series. The San Antonio Spurs visit the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 4 of a Western Conference first-round series. The Golden State Warriors visit the Portland Trailblazers in Game 3 of a Western Conference first-round series.
In England and Wales: Premier League Soccer heats up today. The Tottenham Hotspur may win over Chelsea this afternoon, as they go into the weekend with momentum. This is the FA Cup semi-finals, but Tottenham are not just winning, they are winning well, and Chelsea have begun to dip at exactly the wrong time. This evening Bournemouth plays Middlesbrough. It has been a rough past couple of weeks for Bournemouth, having been well beaten by Chelsea and Tottenham, but they tend to do well at home. Middlesbrough faces relegation, having not won since December 17, picking up just six points from their past 14 games.
In the United States, College Lacrosse presents some exciting competition: Notre Dame hosts North Carolina, Michigan visits Johns Hopkins.
The men's and women's 2017 Artistic European Championships of Gymnastics are ongoing today in Cluj, Romania. They began on Wednesday and wrap up Sunday. As usual for this competition, there is no team competition, only individuals compete, but for the honor of the country they represent. The overall champions have already been crowned. This competition includes all six major exercises: floor and pommel horse, rings, vault, highbar and parallel bars. Englishman James Hall clinched the bronze medal with a total of 84.664 behind Russia’s Artur Dalaloyan in silver (85.498) and multiple Olympic medallist Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) in gold (85.866). Competition wraps up on Sunday.