NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): Don’t expect Sundin tonight, first playoff game in Columbus and Moen not speaking with former teammates during series
San Jose Sharks (1) versus Anaheim Ducks (8)
- For a team that cannot score any goals on the ice, at least the Sharks are doing well when it comes to television ratings. San Jose just has to continue sticking with the process and ramp up their intensity a little bit more, says GM Doug Wilson. Travis Moen is not talking to any of his former teammates until the series is over.
- The Ducks were not very good at home this year. The Ducks have to make sure they don’t let the Sharks realize their potential.
Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Columbus Blue Jackets (7)
- Mike Babcock says he has enough players to matchup against Rick Nash, so he isn’t overly worried about not having last change. Perhaps Detroit has learned from last year’s first round series against Nashville, that you can’t take road games lightly. Jiri Hudler, for all his talent, doesn’t get much attention outside of Detroit.
- The Blue Jackets are hoping the crowd will be the seventh man on ice tonight. If Columbus has a chance in this series, they better start getting after Chris Osgood. Fear not Jackets fans, Steve Mason still has confidence in himself.
Vancouver Canucks (3) versus St Louis Blues (6)
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province says Mason Raymond has been great in his team’s first round series. Don’t expect Mats Sundin in the Vancouver lineup tonight. Tony Gallagher wonders how the Canucks will play when they face stiffer competition? The Canucks know they are good team.
- If only every Blues player could play like Andy McDonald. Here is how the Blues have fared in the playoffs as compared to the regular season. The Blues may be down 3-0, but they aren’t done yet.
Chicago Blackhawks (4) versus Calgary Flames (5)
- The Blackhawks blew a 1-0 lead yesterday to lose 4-2 at Calgary. The Hawks most definitely missed Patrick Kane on Monday. If Nikolai Khabibulin does falter, Cristobal Huet is ready to go.
- Olli Jokinen answered his critics yesterday with a solid game. Calgary’s role players were the key last night. Todd Bertuzzi played a very physical game. Mike Cammalleri’s play during the playoffs may have a significant effect on his next contract.