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2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Goals should be hard to come by for Coyotes, Preds

Tuesday, 04.24.2012 / 12:16 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Two of the game's best coaches and two of the game's best goaltenders will go head-to-head in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Indeed, goals will be hard to come by as the Coyotes and Predators will meet in a Western Conference Semifinal after the Phoenix franchise advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 25 years with Monday's 4-0 win at Chicago.

Each team won twice during its four-game, regular-season series. The Coyotes, though, went 2-1-1 as it dropped a 5-4 shootout decision to Nashville on March 12.

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Team goals take priority over individual for Backes

Monday, 04.23.2012 / 5:47 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- When it's time to leave work, David Backes is the kind of person that leaves it all at the office -- or rink, in his case.

David Backes
Center - STL
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 0 | PTS: 1
SOG: 5 | +/-: -3
At least most of the time.

Backes, the Blues' center and first-year captain, prefers to devote his time and attention to wife Kelly and their pets. Both are advocates for various charities, including David's Dogs and Kelly's Kats. These organizations work to get needy stray pets placed in loving homes, as well as raise money for various shelters and animal-awareness campaigns. It's part of who Backes and his wife are away from the rink.

But at home?

"At home we don't talk a whole lot of hockey," Backes said Monday. "When I'm here for four hours a day, it's pretty intense decision-making and going through the paces and getting things done. When I get home, it's nice to have a little retreat. … It [hockey] takes me away from her. But she played in high school and there are times I do need to vent to her. She's pretty good at keeping me level-headed and talking me off the ledge. It's a lot of self-reflecting, and the coaching staff and some of the other leaders I think would be the guys that I really hash it out with."

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Blues expect defensive challenge against Kings

Monday, 04.23.2012 / 3:32 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

 

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- What do you get when the two stingiest teams in regards to goals allowed meet up in a seven-game playoff series?

The logical answer would be a lot of low-scoring, one-goal games.

Mirror images will meet up in the Western Conference Semifinals when the second-seeded St. Louis Blues, fresh off a five-game series win over the San Jose Sharks, face the upstart and eighth-seeded Los Angeles Kings, who are coming off a five-game upset of the Presidents' Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks.

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Laviolette isn't concerned with Flyers' next matchup

Monday, 04.23.2012 / 1:44 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The Flyers now get to watch six Eastern Conference teams battle to get to where they already are. Only three will make it, and one of them will be Philadelphia's opponent in the next round.

Peter Laviolette does not care who it is.

"The cards are going to fall, one way or the other, somewhere," Laviolette said Monday from the Flyers' practice facility in Voorhees, N.J. "They're going to tell us we're going somewhere or we're playing somebody. Regardless, we'll be ready."

Laviolette, though, certainly doesn't want to trade the upcoming days off because the break gives some injured players a chance to heal.

The Flyers finished their first-round series against Pittsburgh in six games despite losing defensemen Marc-Andre Bourdon in Game 1 and Nicklas Grossmann in Game 4 to upper-body injuries. They welcomed James van Riemsdyk back to the lineup in Game 5, but he hadn't played since March 1, so he was rusty.

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How the second round can shape up for Flyers

Monday, 04.23.2012 / 1:29 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Philadelphia Flyers center Danny Briere was asked after finishing their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins if he had any rooting interest in which team he would play next.

"We can't control that," he said. "And I'm not going to root for anyone. It is what it is. Yes, I'm going to watch, but we'll take whatever is going to be present. It's always the way we've approached it."

Of the remaining six teams in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt, the Flyers have a chance to play any of them in the next round.

So let's take a look at how each scenario would play out, look back at how the Flyers matched up with them in the regular season, and check out any playoff history that might exist.

New York Rangers-- The Flyers would face the top-seeded Rangers if they beat Ottawa, Boston beats Washington and Florida eliminates the Devils.

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Starting times set for Sunday's playoff games

Friday, 04.20.2012 / 10:57 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

The National Hockey League announced the starting times for the three Stanley Cup Playoff games scheduled for Sunday.

The first game will begin at noon ET with the Pittsburgh Penguins visiting Philadelphia in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. The Flyers still lead 3-2 after Pittsburgh's 3-2 victory in Game 5 on Friday night. The game will be shown on NBC in the United States and on CBC in Canada.

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For teams trailing series 3-1, long odds to advance

Friday, 04.20.2012 / 4:00 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings could be the first teams to see their runs in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs come to an end when they take the ice Friday.

Those teams trail their conference quarterfinal series 3-1 heading into games against the Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators, respectively.

The Penguins and Red Wings aren't the only teams in tough spots. The San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks also trail 3-1 in their respective series.

So should those teams start making tee times? Or is there a real chance they can recover and still advance to the next round?

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First week of playoffs spawns eight great storylines

Wednesday, 04.18.2012 / 12:33 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

With about a month's worth of playoff action packed into seven days, the first week of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs was one for the record books. The best may be yet to come, but there are specific reasons why the first week of the 2012 playoffs was truly unforgettable.

1. No lead is safe: No lead is ever safe in the NHL, but it wasn't long before teams realized it was going to be that kind of week.

In the Stanley Cup Playoffs opener this past Wednesday in Pittsburgh, the Flyers came back from an early 3-0 deficit before Jakub Voracek completed the comeback in overtime, shocking the Penguins and setting the tone for a stunning series of developments that sees Pittsburgh on the verge of being swept.

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WHV, NHL to release 'NHL: Road to Victory: The 1994 New York Rangers' Story' on DVD April 17

Monday, 04.16.2012 / 10:53 AM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- After waiting 54 years to raise another banner atop Madison Square Garden, Mark Messier and the New York Rangers hoisted the Stanley Cup in 1994. Now, Warner Home Video (WHV) and the National Hockey League are teaming up to deliver an action-packed film reliving the Rangers epic road to glory with the release of the NHL: Road to Victory -- The 1994 New York Rangers' Story DVD on April 17, 2012.

This collector's DVD will contain highlights from the Rangers' 1993-94 Stanley Cup season, while showing emotional and unforgettable stories from Rangers fans and Blueshirt legends Mark Messier and Brian Leetch. The NHL: Road to Victory -The 1994 New York Rangers' Story DVD will be available on standard definition for the $24.98 suggested retail price and available at retail stores in New York City, including the NHL Powered by Reebok store, and online at Shop.NHL.com.

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The day the Isles' dynasty almost died

Friday, 04.13.2012 / 12:12 PM / 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

In their four years as Stanley Cup champions, the New York Islanders faced only one game in which their dynasty could have ended with a single loss. Thirty years later, longtime Isles forward Bob Nystrom and then-Pittsburgh defenseman Randy Carlyle both have vivid memories of April 13, 1982 -- albeit for different reasons.

The Islanders had stormed through the regular season, finishing first in the overall standings and setting an NHL record by winning 15 straight games. The Penguins had finished fourth in the Patrick Division with 75 points, 43 behind New York.

"We were a young hockey club, and that was the first or second year of Eddie Johnston as coach. We were an offensive team and we were really the underdog to go in against the Islanders and that dynasty of a hockey club they had," Carlyle, now the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, told NHL.com's Neil Acharya.

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Quote of the Day

This team has been a real treat to say you've been the head coach of them. I'm extremely proud of this group ... after the disappointment of (the Game 6 loss) is digested, it's always a lot easier as a coach when your team has emptied its tank, and that team emptied its tank for me for three months.

— Senators coach Dave Cameron after getting eliminated in the first round by the Canadiens