NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 11, 2012.

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. 


Healthy Callahan could give Rangers an edge against Senators.

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.


  1. not a Detroit fan but i think Gill playing hurt (if he plays at all after taking a Souray shot off his right foot last thrusday) gives the Wings the edge going into the series. Nashville leans heavily on Suter & Weber and a deeper team like Detroit can take advantage of the times they have to play their 3rd pairing as Bouillon and Hillen are a little undersized. if Detroit can attack Gill on the rush or force him into situations where he has to push off his right foot (battling Bertuzzi, Holmstrom, and Cleary)they can make Nashville consider using Josi who’s not as experienced or physical. Detroit should get at least a split in Nashville and will probably take it in 6.

  2. I don’t understand why there was ever a debate between Halak and Elliot as the starter for the playoffs … they’ve both been amazing, but Halak is a proven playoff performer more so when he has something to prove. The situation in STL reminds me of the Halak/Price situation and Halak will have something to prove and this time knows that if he plays well that he will be KEPT and will keep that position.

    Looking forward to the Pit/Phi series and if it is done by special teams then Philly can kiss their asses goodbye … likely can anyway as the Penguins have been dominate the past few weeks.

    Holtby not good enough to beat Bruins.

    Really want to see Phoenix knock off the Hawks, but if they get Toews back that could be a task too big to do. Also looking forward to VAN vs LA and NAS vs DET!

    The Oilers are going to be a sick team in the future more so if they happen to draft Yakupov. I am generally in a state of flux now though and unsure of whom the Jackets will pick if Yakupov is off the block. Do they draft Murray and add a big talented blueliner? Or if they are worried about losing Nash then maybe they need to draft a forward like Forsberg or Grigs?

    Personally I believe this puts pressure on the Jackets management to move Nash either just before or at the draft, hopefully getting a top 10 pick, prospect, and established player at some position and use this trade in order to determine what the team need is. I say team need for them as I believe that 2nd pick has many player options who could be good players. I am sure if they shopped Nash TOR, ANA, MIN, WSH, BUF and maybe MTL would be willing to part with their firsts in a deal to pick up Nash (not saying he would agree to go).

  3. I still think Nash has the Jackets’ management by the ballz. He only has to list 4 teams he will accept a trade to right? After the Sharks get swept by the Blues in the first round, expect to see Nash playing on Thornton’s wing next year. Hate to say it, but i think Pavs and Boyle are the ones to go too :(

  4. You have to wonder if Detroit, will be more dangerous as underdogs more than they would of been as favorites.The Preds could learn that the hard way.If you kick the wounded bear too many times, he or she can become more hungry. Beware Preds.