The basis for playoff fan routines, 10 veteran players in need of a Stanley Cup, analysis of the Flyers and Coyotes, recalling the Bruins 1972 Stanley Cup celebration, and more.

BACKHAND SHELF: Ellen Etchingham believes fear is the basis for playoff fan routines and superstitions, while Dave Lozo examines a variety of topics in his weekly mail bag, or “bag skate”, if you will.

Jarome Iginla hopes to win an elusive Cup title.

Jarome Iginla hopes to win an elusive Cup title.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe lists ten veteran NHL players looking for their first Stanley Cup.  James Hughes recalls his late father’s love of hockey, his father being famous film director John Hughes.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Has the Stanley Cup window re-opened for Montreal? As an unbiased columnist, I doubt it, but the Habs fan in me says, “Please, oh please, yes!”

HOCKEY BUZZ: Bill Meltzer on which Flyers defensemen will stay, which ones are on the fence, and which ones will depart this summer.

SUN BELT HOCKEY: Bill Tiller reports Coyotes GM Don Maloney and coach Dave Tippett are optimistic over the club’s future.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Mark Wallace Graham wonders if the NHL is ready for a gay player. Judging from the positive reaction and participation in Patrick Burke’s “You Can Play” program, I say, “yes”.

PUCKS, GUTS AND GLORY: NHL History Girl Jen recalls the Boston Bruins raucous 1972 Stanley Cup celebration.

SB NATION: Steve Lepore on eating your way to a Stanley Cup with cupcakes.