Playoff hopefuls have backups whom you may or may not know well, ranging from hardened veterans to retreads to fuzzy-cheeked kids. If past playoffs are any indication, now's the time to get to know 'em.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs have gone the longest without winning a Stanley Cup. So who will end the drought first? Damien Cox handicaps the futility.
They will be at the center of every game, usually the hero and often the goat, talked about more than any other player. They are the goaltenders.
Another anniversary of the Bertuzzi-Moore incident has come and gone, but have the league and its players really evolved?
Working with change has not been the Maple Leafs' strong suit, and it's providing more of the same futility for the famed franchise.