The opening round of the NHL 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight. Here’s the latest on Callahan, Seguin, Holtby, Doan, Toews, Elliott, Niemi, Quick and more.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers will have a healthy Ryan Callahan to open this year’s playoffs, unlike last season when an ankle injury sidelined him. More on their first round opponent, the Ottawa Senators, in “Canadian Corner”.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr deflects questions about facing his former team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in the opening round.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: Special teams could determine the outcome of the Pittsburgh Penguins-Philadelphia Flyers series.
BOSTON HERALD: Unlike last year, Bruins forward Tyler Seguin won’t be a spectator to open this year’s playoffs.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals rookie goalie Braden Holtby confident as he prepares to face the Bruins. This could be a golden opportunity for Holtby to prove himself as an NHL goaltender.
STLTODAY.COM: Jaroslav Halak will be the Blues obvious starting goalie to open their series against the San Jose Sharks, as Brian Elliott is day-to-day with an upper body injury.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi faces a big challenge against the Blues, though his playoff experience should come in handy.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan pursues his first-ever playoff series win.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will be a game time decision when the club opens their series tomorrow night against the Coyotes.
THE TENNESSEAN: After years of always being the playoff underdog, the Nashville Predators are considered the favorites in their opening round series against Detroit.
DETROIT NEWS: A look at the tasks facing the Red Wings as they open their series against the Predators.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings chances for success against the Vancouver Canucks rest with goaltender Jonathan Quick. For more on the Canucks, visit “Canadian Corner”.
MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers will enter their playoff series against the New Jersey Devils with a healthy lineup.
NJ.COM: Examining if the Devils defense corps is good enough for a long playoff run.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets simply cannot catch a break this season, for despite having the worst record in the league, they wound up with the second overall pick in this year’s entry draft in the draft lottery.