St. Louis badly needs to beat Detroit to prove it belongs in the elite class of Western Conference contenders.
The Devils Cup-clinching victory proved more than ever that New Jersey was the best team in the NHL.
Dallas will be making some tough personnel decisions based on the uncertainty of the collective bargaining agreement.
Niklas Backstrom continues to be sharp in net, offsetting Minnesota's lack of offense.
The U.S. media and casual sports fans should appreciate the exciting hockey played by Calgary and San Jose.
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The Sharks wouldn't be among the best teams in the West without strong goaltending.
Chicago GM Bob Pulford still believes the Blackhawks can compete for the eighth and last playoff spot.
Thirty-one seasons have passed since Boston last won the Stanley Cup, so Bruins fans are a skeptical bunch.
In two games Sean Burke has been near perfect, stopping 54 of 55 shots and leading the Coyotes to a 2-0 record.
An unusually large number of picks from this year's draft are poised to make their respective teams.
Whichever team can dictate the tempo should advance to meet the Mighty Ducks in the Stanley Cup finals.
The explosive Senators take on the defensive Devils in the in an intriguing matchup of the conference's two best teams.
With the series now a best-of-3, the edge will go to the team whose coach can push the right buttons.