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Posted on: May 3, 2010 11:03 am
Edited on: May 3, 2010 2:57 pm
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 6 Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. (Bruins lead 1-0)

• After allowing 46 shots in Game 1, the Flyers know things must change against the Bruins. The plan is simple -- do not allow many odd-man rushes and do not allow the Bruins to camp out in front of the net, but it all comes down to if the Flyers can execute or not. How important is Game 2? When they have lost the first two playoff games, the Flyers have a 2-12 series record. When they are 1-1, they are 15-15. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Flyers' Chris Pronger gets an extra spring in his step this time of year. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins' Mark Recchi might want to stick around a little longer. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 9 p.m. (Canucks lead 1-0)

• Despite a rough Game 1, Antti Niemi will be starting goalie for Chicago. Coach Joel Quenneville emphatically stated he would start Game 2, one game after being shelled for five goals and being yanked after two periods during Saturday night's 5-1 defeat. "Antti's playing," Quenneville said. "No doubt. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Former Canuck Brent Sopel transforming himself with Blackhawks. [ Vancouver Sun ]

Kyle Wellwood doing fine job anchoring Canucks' third line. [ Vancouver Province ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Sharks lead 2-0)

• The Sharks Big Three does it again. Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, Patrick Marleau, all gold-medal winning forwards for Canada in the Olympics, came through the Sharks needed them the most. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Sharks steal the game with a little help from the referees. [ Detroit Free Press ]

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Series tied 1-1)

• Canadiens do their own version of the rope-a-dope to take out Penguins in Game 2. [ Montreal Gazette ]

• Canadiens make the most of limited offense to even series. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Posted on: April 16, 2010 11:43 am
Edited on: April 16, 2010 11:49 am
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 5 Ottawa Senators at No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. (Ottawa leads 1-0)

• Ottawa's Milan Michalek is out for the season with a torn ACL. [ Ottawa Citizen ]

Sidney Crosby, teammates starting to hate Senators. [ Ottawa Sun ]

• Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury hopes for rebound. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Penguins see some room for improvement in Game 2. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

• Penguins could give Ruslan Fedotenko the playoff hook. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 2 New Jersey Devils, 7:30 p.m. (Philadelphia leads 1-0)

• Flyers not satisfied with one win in New Jersey. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Philadelphia's Chris Pronger making his presence felt on blue line. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• New Jersey coach Jacques Lemaire not worried about matching lines with Flyers. [ New York Post ]

• New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk vows for payback the rest of the series. [ New York Post ]

Andrew Peters and Vladimir Zharkov are healthy, but will they play? [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

No. 7 Nashville Predators at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m.

• Nashville's David Legwand anticipates fresh start in playoffs. [ The Tennessean ]

• Nashville needs to find more scoring to keep up with Blackhawks' offense. [ The Tennessean ]

• Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi doesn't let nerves get in way. [ Chicago Sun Times ]

• Blackhawks, older and wiser, looking to make deep run in playoffs. [ Chicago Sun Times ]

• Blackhawks need these five key players to step up in the playoffs. [ Arlington Heights Daily Herald ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes, 10 p.m. (Phoenix leads 1-0)

Justin Abdelkader to replace Jason Williams in lineup for Red Wings. [ Detroit News ]

• After getting beat up in Game 1, Red Wings plan to counter Coyotes' aggressive play. [ Detroit News ]

• Phoenix looking to continue hit parade in Game 2 vs. Red Wings. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Public funds would back Phoenix Coyotes bidder Jerry Reinsdorf. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Coyotes believe they can win in overtime vs. Red Wings if needed. [ Arizona Republic ]

No. 8 Colorado Avalanche at No. 1 San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (Colorado leads 1-0)

• Colorado veteran John-Michael Liles turning into key player. [ Denver Post ]

• Sharks coach Todd McLellan says series isn't a duel between himself and Joe Sacco. [ Denver Post ]

• A 2-0 Avalanche lead would almost certainly escalate the tensions. [ Denver Post ]

• Every series could be the last for Sharks star Patrick Marleau. [ Mercury News ]

• Sharks team looks like same old rerun instead of newness we were promised. [ Mercury News ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 1 Washington Capitals vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Montreal leads 1-0)

• Washington coach Bruce Boudreau not happy with Stars play against Montreal. [ Washington Times ]

• Capitals' Game 1 loss doesn't mark crisis, but is cause for concern. [ Washington Post ]

• Capitals fans show their colors, flood city with red. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 3 Buffalo Sabres vs. No. 6 Boston Bruins (Buffalo leads 1-0)

• Bruins struggle to convert chances against Buffalo goalie Ryan Miller. [ Boston Globe ]

• Buffalo's Thomas Vanek continues to stay hot late in the season. [ Buffalo News ]

• Buffalo's Andrej Sekera gets first chance to play in playoffs. [ Buffalo News ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 6 Los Angeles Kings (Vancouver leads 1-0)

• Despite loss, goalie Jonathan Quick gave Kings chance in overtime. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Kings' Jack Johnson not concerned about team's lack of experience. [ Vancouver Province ]

Terry Murray moves enforcer Raitis Ivanans up to the fourth line. [ Los Angeles Times ]

Posted on: April 15, 2010 11:50 am
Edited on: April 15, 2010 12:10 pm
 

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

By Erin Brown

A look at news from around the league...

 

Tonight's Games

No. 6 Boston Bruins at No. 3 Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m.

• Buffalo's Ryan Miller expects plenty of pressure in a low-scoring series. [ Buffalo News ]

• What can Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers do for an encore to his stellar rookie season? [ Buffalo News ]

• Getting Tuukka Rask from Toronto has paid dividends for the Bruins. [ Boston Globe ]

• Boston needs a big series out of winger Milan Lucic . [ Boston Herald ]

• With the B's hurting along the blueline, rookie Johnny Boychuk hopes to crack the lineup. [ Boston Globe ]

 

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens at No. 1 Washington Capitals, 7 p.m.

• Goalie Jose Theodore expects to start Game 1 after taking a puck to the knee at practice. [ Washington Post ]

• The Capitals enter the postseason favored to win it the Cup. [ Washington Post ]

• Offensively minded Washington must focus more on its own end. [ Washington Post ]

• No one on the Canadiens roster can afford to take a night off in this series. [ Montreal Gazette ]

Andrei Markov and Marc-Andre Bergeron find instant chemistry along the Habs' blueline. [ Montreal Gazette ]

 

No. 6 Los Angeles Kings at No. 3 Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m.

• Canucks coach Alain Vigneault on preparing his team: "We do sex every day." [ Vancouver Province ]

• Defenseman Sami Salo is healthy and keeping his teammate in stitches. [ Vancouver Sun ]

• Kings coach Terry Murray plans to keep his top lines intact for Game 1. [ Los Angeles Times ]

• Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi is finally seeing his rebuilding project take shape. [ Los Angeles Times ]

• About half of the Kings' roster will make its playoff debut tonight. [ Orange County Register ]

 

Off-Day Teams

No. 2 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers (Philadelphia leads 1-0)

Chris Pronger did just about everything in the Flyers' 2-1 win over the Devils [ Newark Star-Ledger ]

• New Jersey coach Jacques Lemaire isn't looking to match lines with Philadelphia [ New York Post ]

• Flyers forward, and New Jersey native James van Riemsdyk gets support in Devils country. [ Camden Courier-Post ]

 

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Ottawa Senators (Ottawa leads, 1-0)

• 2009 playoff phenon Marc-Andre Fleury didn't give the Penguins a chance to win on Wednesday. [ Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ]

• Neither did the old Mellon Arena boards, which gave up a bad bounce for the Pens. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Rookie Brian Elliott says he's glad to have survived his first playoff game. [ Ottawa Sun ]

 

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 8 Colorado Avalanche (Colorado leads, 1-0)

• The Sharks suffer another heart-sinking moment thanks to an ugly bounce. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Avs rookie Matt Duchene , 19, shows no fear in facing San Jose or trying to grow a playoff beard. [ Denver Post ]

• Being down in this series only adds to the Sharks' stress of reversing their playoff woes. [ Denver Post ]

 

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 7 Nashville Predators

• Hawks winger Marian Hossa hopes he can win a Stanley Cup after two straight unsuccessful attempts. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Chicago's Brian Campbell hopes to return to the lineup sometime during this series. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Predators leading goal scorer Patric Hornqvist returned to practice and will suit up for Game 1. [ The Tennessean ]

 

No. 4 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings (Phoenix leads, 1-0)

• Coyotes fans embrace the 'whiteout' tradition from the team's days in Winnipeg, Man. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Former 'Yotes Jeremy Roenick and Keith Tkachuk are thrilled to see Phoenix doing well. [ Arizona Republic ]

• Detroit's success hinges on whether Tomas Holmstrom can be a factor. [ Detroit News ]


Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:24 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2010 11:57 pm
 

Preview: No. 2 New Jersey vs. No. 7 Philadelphia

No. 2 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Devils will win if: They take advantage of the big advantage they have in goal. Martin Brodeur is arguably the best netminder of his generation and Philadelphia's Brian Boucher , well, is not. The key here is that New Jersey isn't all about defense any more, even with Jacques Lemaire back behind the bench, especially since the arrival of Ilya Kovalchuk . The dynamic Russian forward hasn't put up eye-popping numbers since his mid-season arrival, but his presence means that teams can no longer shut down the Devils by shutting down Zach Parise 's line. And yes, the Devils can still play defense, too, an area of their game that will be helped by a healthy Paul Martin back on the blue line. New Jersey has to be disciplined, though, because the Flyers power play is one of the best in the league.

The Flyers will win if: They keep playing the way they did to end the season. Philadelphia has essentially been playing for its playoff life for a couple of weeks now. The Flyers battled back from a five-game losing streak to end March by winning three of their last four, including an emotional do-or-die finale against the Rangers to clinch a playoff spot. The bright side for the Flyers is that they head into this series as healthy as they have been all year and with the knowledge they have effectively controlled New Jersey in all meetings between the bitter rivals this season. Several Philadelphia players had disappointing seasons, but with Jeff Carter , Mike Richards , Danny Briere and Simon Gagne , there is a lot of fire power up front. And the blueline group led by Chris Pronger compares favorably to any other in the league.

Regular Season Recap

New Jersey: 48-27-7, 103 points (1st, Atlantic Division)

Philadelphia: 41-35-6, 88 points (3rd, Atlantic Division)

 

Schedules
Date Location Time
Apr. 14 at New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 16 at New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 18 at Philadelphia 6 p.m.
Apr. 20 at Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 22 at New Jersey * 7 p.m.
Apr. 25 at Philadelphia * TBD
Apr. 27 at New Jersey * 7:30 p.m.
* if necessary

 

Season Series
Philadelphia wins, 5-1
Date Result
Oct. 3 Philadelphia 5, New Jersey 2 Recap
Nov. 16 Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2 Recap
Dec. 12 New Jersey 4, Philadelphia 1 Recap
Feb. 8 Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2 Recap
Feb. 10 Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2 (OT) Recap
Mar. 28 Philadelphia 5, New Jersey 1 Recap

 

Stats Comparison
Statistic NJ PHI
Goals For (Avg.) 2.63 2.83
Goals Against (Avg.) 2.27 2.71
Power Play 18.7% 21.4%
Penalty Kill 82.8% 83.0%


 
 
 
 
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