Here are the national morning papers:
- Eric Duhatschek takes a look at the difference between coaching in the regular season and in the playoffs.
- William Houston provides readers with all they need to know about television and the NHL playoffs.
- Cam Cole of the National Post wonders where the Canucks can go from here.
Here are the Atlantic Division morning papers:
- The Rangers would have liked to defeat the Islanders last night, however, the team still controls its own fate in the standings, writes Larry Brooks.
- The Flyers defeated their arch-rival Devils and, in turn, clinched a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. It was an extremely exciting night on the Philadelphia sports landscape, writes Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Shelly Anderson has an interesting story about Penguins strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar. Meanwhile, the Penguins could be getting rugged winger Gary Roberts back for the regular season finale on Sunday.
- Greg Logan of Newsday recaps why the Islanders had such a tough year in the standings.
- Devils coach Brent Sutter thinks the Devils currently “lack professionalism.”
Here are the Southeast Division morning papers:
- The Hurricanes may have given away the Southeast Division title last night, writes Luke Decock. The writers surrounding the Hurricanes selected Eric Staal as the team’s MVP this season.
- With just one point tonight against the Florida Panthers, the Capitals will walk away with the Southeast Division title.
- Kari Lehtonen says the Thrashers are not tanking it to improve their chances at getting a better selection in the upcoming draft. (Writer’s note: Apparently he hasn’t seen this team play the last three weeks)
- The Panthers are shooting to ruin the Capitals season tonight with a victory over Ovechkin and friends.
- The Lightning will play tonight’s game against Atlanta without superstar Vincent Lecavalier.
Here are the Northeast Division morning papers:
- The Senators backed into a playoff spot last night, with a 2-1 home loss to the Bruins, writes Bruce Garrioch. Both Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher are out of the Senators line up for weeks.
- Forget a possible suspension for the Daniel Alfredsson hit, Mark Bell is going to jail after the season.
- Dave Stubbs profiles Mathieu Dandenault in this morning’s Montreal Gazette. Dandenault’s teammate Alexei Kovalev has his eyes on the Cup.
- Both Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek are having trouble accepting the Sabres’ non-playoff season. In great news, the Sabres will welcome Teppo Numminen back to their line up for the season finale.
- Most people didn’t predict this prior to the season, but the Bruins are heading to the playoffs after last night’s win at Ottawa. Clinching a playoff spot last night allows for Marc Savard and Patrice Bergeron to gear towards a return.
The Western Conference morning papers are soon to follow…
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