Can the Canucks and Penguins rally from their respective 0-2 deficits?…Five ways players find playoff motivation…Shea Weber, supplementary discipline and incentive to injure…Tracking the stock of the Blues pending free agents…The best worst team in NHL history…NBC’s second night playoff numbers…Running for the Boogeyman.

 

Can the Penguins rally back?

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski looks at whether the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks can rebound from their current 0-2 series deficits, as well as which one stands the best chance of doing so.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne on five ways players find an extra gear in the playoffs, and Ellen Etchingham on Shea Weber, supplementary discipline and intent to injure. She argues supplementary discipline has to play a major role in playoff hockey, even if it affects outcomes, if the league seriously intends on reducing injuries, especially head trauma.

ST. LOUIS GAME TIME: Tracking the stock of the Blues pending free agents through the post-season, and what kind of contracts they might get from the team.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Stephan Cooper on why the 2011-12 Montreal Canadiens were the best worst team in NHL history.

PUCK THE MEDIA: Steve Lepore on NBC’s numbers for night two of the NHL playoffs, and so far, so good.

PUCKS, GUTS AND GLORY: Jen, NHL History Girl, is participating in a marathon raising money to continue the late Derek Boogaard’s work with DTBL. Find out how you can participate or contribute to this worthwhile cause.

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