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.