Toews and Kane expected back for Blackhawks opening playoff game, Henrik Lundqvist doesn’t believe he has to prove himself in the playoffs, and much more on the eve of the opening round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
DAILYHERALD.COM: Chicago Blackhawks stars Jonathan Toews (shoulder) and Patrick Kane (knee) are expected to be in the lineup for Game One of their series against the St. Louis Blues.
STLTODAY.COM: The shorthanded Blues are trying to find the positives as they prepare to face off against the Blackhawks.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Struggling Anaheim Ducks starter Jonas Hiller could be on the bench when his club opens their series against the Dallas Stars.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: A matured Kari Lehtonen has put his early-career playoff struggles behind him as he looks forward to carrying the Stars against the Ducks.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg (back surgery) has returned to practice but there’s no timetable for his return to game action.
BOSTON HERALD: Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (knee surgery) is skating again but he’s not expected to return during the playoffs.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Penguins coach Dan Bylsma’s system will be put to the test in this year’s playoffs.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets forwards Nick Foligno and R.J. Umberger won’t be in the Blue Jackets lineup for their opening game against the Penguins.
DENVER POST: Predicting the Colorado Avalanche to defeat the Minnesota Wild in seven games, despite the Avs’ lousy Corsi numbers this season.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu understands how precious the playoffs can be.
NEW YORK POST: Despite a losing playoff record (30-37), Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist doesn’t feel he has to prove he can play well in the postseason.
PHILLY.COM: The Flyers aren’t sure if starting goalie Steve Mason (upper-body injury) will be ready for Game One of their series against the Rangers.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Helene Elliott picks the Kings over the Sharks in her opening round playoff predictions.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: Raffi Torres (knee) remains questionable for the Sharks when they open their series against the Kings.
TAMPA TRIBUNE: Backup Anton Lindback is expected to get the call when the Lightning open their series tomorrow against the Montreal Canadiens.
NBC SPORTS: The Nashville Predators yesterday relieved Barry Trotz of his duties as head coach, but have offered him a job in their hockey operations department.