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  1. Kings forward Justin Williams expected to play in Game 1

    Apr 12, 2011, 8:24 PM EDT

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    Justin Williams

    The Kings will get some offensive help for the playoffs against San Jose as right wing Justin Williams has been cleared to play after suffering a dislocated shoulder three weeks ago.

  2. Dallas Stars fire Marc Crawford after two playoff-free seasons

    Apr 12, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

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    Joe Nieuwendyk,  Marc Crawford

    In what has to be the most surprising coach firing so far, the Stars gave Marc Crawford the axe after two seasons.

  3. Ilya Bryzgalov’s diving stop earns him the Save of the Week (April 4-10)

    Apr 12, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Ilya Bryzgalov, Dany Heatley

    Ilya Bryzgalov edged Tuukka Rask for the April 4-10 Save of the Week.

  4. The 2011 NHL Draft Lottery airs at 8 pm ET on Versus; Who should fans covet?

    Apr 12, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    The 2011 NHL Entry Draft Lottery will take place tonight at 8 pm ET on Versus. Who could end up with the top pick and which prospects are getting the most attention? This post has some of those answers.

  5. Panthers sell rink naming rights to Lexus, team president wants ads on jerseys

    Apr 12, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers v Florida Panthers

    The Florida Panthers don’t just play at the BankAtlantic Center anymore; now they skate at the Lexus Rink at the BankAtlantic Center. Could placing ads on jerseys be the next frontier?

  6. Michal Neuvirth will be in Washington’s net for Game 1

    Apr 12, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

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    Michal Neuvirth is Washington’s starting goalie, at least for Game 1 of the Rangers-Capitals series.

  7. Nathan Gerbe runs away with Goal of the Week (April 4-10)

    Apr 12, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Buffalo Sabres v Philadelphia Flyers

    Nathan Gerbe’s spinning backhander helped him run away with the final Goal of the Week voting of the 2010-11 season.

  8. Islanders drop ‘interim’ from head coach Jack Capuano’s title

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Jack Capuano

    Interim head coach Jack Capuano is now just head coach Jack Capuano, the Islanders announced today.

  9. Which of the first round series will be the most (and least) exciting?

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Paul Mara, Gregory Campbell

    Which first round series look the most (and least) exciting? This post ranks all eight.

  10. NHL names officials for 2011 playoffs; Will they actually use their whistles?

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:58 PM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v Atlanta Thrashers

    The NHL named the 20 referees and 20 linesmen who will work the 2011 playoffs. The question is: will the gradual decline toward pre-lockout officiating continue?

  11. Vote for the Save of the Week (April 4-10)

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:15 PM EDT

    Jhonas Enroth

    Who made the best save of the last week of the 2010-11 season? The contestants are: James Reimer, Tim Thomas, Ondrej Pavelec, Pekka Rinne, Ilya Bryzgalov and Tuukka Rask.

  12. Vote for the Goal of the Week (April 4-10)

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    Dallas Stars v San Jose Sharks

    Who scored the best goal of the final week of the 2010-11 season? Your choices are: the Rangers’ five-goal outburst, Patrick Kane, Corey Perry, Bobby Butler, Nathan Gerbe, T.J. Oshie or Colton Gillies.

  13. Tomorrow’s practice may determine Justin Williams’ availability for Game 1

    Apr 11, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

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    Justin Williams, Kari Lehtonen

    The Kings are likely to avoid trading scoring chances with the Sharks in their first round series, but they still need to score goals, so they hope that Justin Williams can return for Game 1 on Thursday.

  14. Ray Emery doesn’t think he will be able to play for Ducks in Game 1

    Apr 11, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

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    Ray Emery

    It’s unclear if Ray Emery re-injured the surgically repaired hip that endangered his career, but either way, it looks like the Ducks will need to turn to Dan Ellis in Game 1 of their series against the Predators.

  15. Boston will be without Steven Kampfer for about two weeks

    Apr 11, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

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    Washington Capitals v Boston Bruins

    The Bruins will be without depth defenseman Steven Kampfer for at least two weeks, according to Joe Haggerty.

  16. PHT Predicts: Ducks vs. Predators — Who do you have?

    Apr 11, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Shea Weber, Bobby Ryan

    It might not be getting the attention some of the other series are, but Anaheim and Nashville are set up for a slobbknocker of a series.

  17. PHT Predicts: Red Wings vs. Coyotes — Who do you have?

    Apr 11, 2011, 7:47 PM EDT

    Phoenix Coyotes v Detroit Red Wings

    So they meet again… Detroit and Phoenix go at it for the second straight year in the playoffs. Can Phoenix turn the tables or will it be more of the same for the Red Wings? We make our call.

  18. PHT Predicts: Sharks vs. Kings — Who do you have?

    Apr 11, 2011, 7:17 PM EDT

    Antti Niemi, Dustin Brown

    It’s a battle of California in the playoffs for the first time and unfortunately, both teams are going in different directions. We pick on the Kings and Sharks as PHT Predicts this series.

  19. Chris Pronger’s Game 1 status remains a mystery

    Apr 11, 2011, 7:13 PM EDT

    Edmonton Oilers v Philadelphia Flyers

    Chris Pronger didn’t practice today, but he participated in team meetings, leaving his status for Game 1 of the Sabres-Flyers series just as unclear as it was before.

  20. PHT Predicts: Canucks vs. Blackhawks — Who do you have?

    Apr 11, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Blackhawks v Vancouver Canucks

    It must be the playoffs if Chicago and Vancouver are playing. Can the Canucks vanquish the demons of past playoff failures or does Chicago still own them? Oh the intrigue is large here.

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