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  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. PHT Predicts: Bruins vs. Canadiens — Who do you have?

    Apr 11, 2011, 5:52 PM EDT

    Montreal Canadiens v Boston Bruins

    A blood feud on ice that’s become a virtually annual event. Montreal and Boston go to war once again and we dig in to see who we think will win. You can vote in our poll and tell us how smart/dumb you think we are.

  13. PHT Predicts: Flyers vs. Sabres — Who do you have?

    Apr 11, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Jeff Carter, Thomas Vanek

    Buffalo and Philadelphia always manage to cross paths in the playoffs and this year is no exception. The Flyers limped into the end of the season while the Sabres are playing great. Oh the drama!

  14. PHT Predicts: Capitals vs. Rangers – Who do you have?

    Apr 11, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT

    Alex Ovechkin,  Artem Anisimov

    The Rangers and Capitals get it on again in the playoffs only this time some of the players and the circumstances have changed. We take a look at who we think wins this series and want to know who you think takes it.

  15. PHT Predicts: Penguins vs. Lightning – Who do you have?

    Apr 11, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    Pascal Dupuis, Nate Thompson

    The PHT staff weighs in with their thoughts on the Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay series and we ask you for your prediction in our poll. Are you Team Staal or Team Stamkos?

  16. Caps’ Mike Green ready to play in Game 1 against New York

    Apr 11, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Mike Green

    Caps defenseman Mike Green is officially ready to play again and will get the start in Game 1 against New York on Wednesday.

  17. Sideshow Bobrovsky: Flyers goalie shows off new Simpsons-inspired mask for playoffs

    Apr 11, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    BobrovskyMask-Side2

    Sergei Bobrovsky pays homage to a Philadelphia folk hero and a Simpsons villain with his new goalie mask for the playoffs.

  18. Thomas Vanek, Vincent Lecavalier, and Dan Ellis named NHL’s Three Stars of the Week

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

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    Thomas Vanek

    Thomas Vanek’s Herculean effort to help get the Sabres into the playoffs this past week earned him the NHL’s number one star of the week. Vincent Lecavalier and Dan Ellis rounded out the top three.

  19. Rangers, Sabres, Ducks, and Kings to begin next season in Europe

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

    NHL Premiere Series - Berlin

    The NHL Premiere Series is coming back for the fifth straight year and the Kings, Ducks, Rangers, and Sabres are all headed to Europe to start next season. For the first time ever, they’ll be playing in Germany too.

  20. Minnesota fires coach Todd Richards; Would a roster overhaul help the next coach?

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Todd Richards

    Minnesota has relieved coach Todd Richards of his duties but much like a pair of other coaches let go already this year, you can’t really blame him for not being a miracle worker.

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