Two teams picked by many to go far in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs will face each other on national television Monday night.
The Los Angeles Kings, who reside in last place in the Pacific Division despite being six games above the .500 mark (16-10-1), will face the Detroit Red Wings (19-6-3) at Joe Louis Arena. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on Versus in the United States and TSN2 in Canada.
Canadian fans will be treated to a second game, as the Ottawa Senators host the Atlanta Thrashers at 7:30 p.m. ET. Atlanta has won eight of its last 10 games and is just four points behind first-place Washington in the Southeast Division. That match can be seen on RDS.
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie