Kings and Rangers open their second round series with victories, Coyotes and Predators prepare for Game Two, Flyers and Devils prepare for the opening game of their series, while the Florida Panthers head into the off-season.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/STLTODAY.COM: Defenseman Matt Greene scored the game-winner as the Kings downed the St. Louis Blues 3-1 in their series opener. The Blues also lost defenseman Alex Pietrangelo to a head injury, and is questionable for Game Two.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/WASHINGTON POST: Rookie forward Chris Kreider scored the game winner and set up another goal as the Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals 3-1 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Capitals rookie goalie sensation Braden Holtby, who faced only 14 shots, admitted the lack of work, compared to what he faced in the first round against the Bruins, made it difficult for him to mentally get into the game.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC/THE TENNESSEAN: The Phoenix Coyotes need their “Prime Line” – Ray Whitney, Radim Vrbata and Martin Hanzal – to continue performing as well as they did in Game One against the Nashville Predators, who hope to avoid falling being 0-2 in this series. In other Predators news, team chairman Tom Cigarran admitted the club still hasn’t turned a profit, but remains hopeful the club’s current business model, which has seen the team improve, as well as its fan support, will make the club profitable in the near future.
PHILLY.COM/NJ.COM: The Flyers are hoping for a quick start against the New Jersey Devils in their series opening game today, while the Devils know things are going to get rougher compared to what they experienced in their series against the Florida Panthers.
MIAMI HERALD/SUN-SENTINEL.COM: As the Florida Panthers cleaned out their lockers and headed into the off-season, management will face some decisions regarding their roster in the off-season, though none as significant as those experienced last year at this time. It was also revealed Kris Versteeg will require off-season hip surgery, Tomas Fleischmann suffered a broken left finger during the Devils series, and Sean Bergenheim played with a broken bone in his foot.