/Charles Barkley is serious when he says he loves the NHL playoffs

Charles Barkley is serious when he says he loves the NHL playoffs


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PITTSBURGH – Charles Barkley’s expertise is in the NBA and his rooting interest is in the NHL playoffs.

“Stanley Cup playoff hockey is the best thing going, and not just now,” the TNT analyst told USA TODAY Sports. “I think overtime hockey is the most nerve-wracking thing in the world. There’s nothing to compare it to.”

Barkley insists that running the playoff gauntlet in the NHL is more difficult than in the NBA.

“Let me explain it like this. Every broadcaster and sportscaster in the world knew seven months ago that the Cavs and Warriors were to going to play for the championship,” Barkley said. “There’s not a single person who had the Nashville Predators playing for the Stanley Cup championship.”

He said people knew the Penguins, their Stanley Cup Final opponent, had a chance to…

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