On a day with two Game 7s in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, New York Islanders defenseman Steve Staios drops by Thursday afternoon to discuss the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Staios, who has played in 1,001 regular-season games, as well as a Game 7 in the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, knows a bit about the pressure the first round's four remaining teams will face Thursday night. After a season of facing off against these teams, he also knows about their personnel and tendencies. So stop by and get an insider's scoop on the drama that will unfold Thursday night.
I think everyone left it out there. Every game this season, regular season and playoffs, we played as hard as we could. We're not out of the playoffs right now because of lack of effort, and that's all that we can ask of each other.
— Predators defenseman Seth Jones after Nashville was eliminated by Chicago in Game 6 on Saturday