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Injuries: Daniel Paille (head), Adam McQuaid (quad), Dennis Seidenberg (knee), Chris Kelly (back), Patrice Bergeron (LBI)
Key players: Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Milan Lucic
SBNation Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder
Detroit Red Wings:
Injuries: Henrik Zetterberg (back), Stephen Weiss (sports hernia), Dan Cleary (knee), Jonathan Ericsson (finger)
Key Players: Jimmy Howard, Pavel Datsyuk, Niklas Kronwall, Gustav Nyquist
SBNation Blog: Winging it in Motown
What to look for: Coaching matchup. Mike Babcock is under appreciated as an NHL coach as he has managed to keep an aging Red Wings team in playoff contention every year; Claude Julien is a highly talented coach who has managed to Cup Final appearances and one Cup win since 2011.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Injuries: Ben Bishop (UBI), Ondrej Palat (UBI), Valtteri Filppula (LBI), Ryan Malone (arrest)
Key Players: Ben Bishop, Victor Hedman, Sami Salo, Steven Stamkos, Valtteri Filppula
SBNation Blog: Raw Charge
Injuries: Travis Moen (concussion), Alex Galchenyuk (knee), Brandon Prust (UBI)
Key Players: Carey Price, Andrei Markov, PK Subban, Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec
SBNation Blog: Eyes on the Prize
What to look for: Lars Eller and Tomas Plekanec to run two separate shutdown lines. John Cooper to try to get the Filppula line out against Pacioretty-Desharnais-Vanek. Stamkos out against Douglas Murray or Francis Boullion.
New York Rangers
Injuries: Ryan McDonagh (shoulder), Chris Kreider (hand)
Key Players: Derek Stepan, Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi
SBNation Blog: Blueshirt Banter
Injuries: Steve Mason (UBI), Niklas Grossman (ankle), Zac Rinaldo (body injury)
Key Players: Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Kimmo Timmonen, Braydon Coburn
SBNation Blog: Broad Street Hockey
What to look for: A chess match with who the Sean Couturier line will match up against. The Flyers lack of puck moving defence men could bite them in the playoffs. Ryan McDonagh's health.
Injuries: Pascal Dupuis (knee), Chris Conner (hand), Joe Vitale (UBI), Marcel Goc (ankle), Evgeni Malkin (foot)
Key Players: Sidney Crosby, Jussi Jokinen, Matt Niskanen, Olli Maatta
SBNation Blog: PensBurgh
Columbus Blue Jackets
Injuries: Ryan Murray (knee), RJ Umberger (body injury), Nathan Horton (abdominal surgery), Nick Foligno (LBI)
Key Players: Ryan Johansen, Artem Anisimov, James Wizneiwski, Fedor Tyutin
SBNation Blog: The Cannon
What to look for: Besides the health of Evgeni Malkin; Marc-Andre Fleury's mental state, the health of Ryan Murray and the Johansen/Crosby matchup. Also if Dan Bylsma is comfortable turning to Tomas Vokoun if needed.
Los Angeles Kings
Injuries: Drew Doughty (shoulder)
Key Players: Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik, Slava Voynov, Drew Doughty
SBNation Blog: Jewels from the Crown
San Jose Sharks
Injuries: Raffi Torres (body soreness), Adam Burish (broken finger)
Key Players: Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau, Marc-Eduard Vlasic, Justin Braun
SBNation Blog: Fear the Fin
What to look for: Match ups. If the top two lines play each other to a draw the third lines could decide the series. Joe Pavelski versus Jarrett Stoll may be the most important match up there is.
St. Louis Blues
Injuries: Vladimir Tarasenko (hand), David Backes (LBI), Vladimir Sobotka (body injury), TJ Oshie (UBI), Patrick Berglund (shoulder), Brenden Morrow (foot)
Key Players: Alex Steen, Jaden Schwartz, Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester, Ryan Miller
SBNation Blog: St. Louis Game Time
Injuries: Patrick Kane (knee), Jonathan Toews (UBI)
Key Players: Marian Hossa, Brandon Saad, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya
SBNation Blog: Second City Hockey
What to look for: Besides the health of both teams, the use of Chicago's fourth line which is a D-zone heavy line that can break even on possession. Ryan Miller's play as he has turned into Ondrej Pavelec lately.
Injuries: Tim Jackman (hand)
Key Players: Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Cam Fowler, Francois Beauchemin
SBNation Blog: Anaheim Calling
Injuries: Rich Peverly (heart), Brenden Dillon (LBI), Ray Whitney (LBI)
Key Players: Brenden Dillon, Alex Goligoski, Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin
SBNation Blog: Defending Big D
What to look for: The Dallas Stars to outshoot the Anaheim Ducks. Tyler Seguin to shoot above 2%. What goalie will start and finish the series for Anaheim? Bruce Boudreau offensive zone face-off loss puck recovery.
Minnesota Wild vs Colorado Avalanche
Injuries: Jason Zucker (knee/quad), Kyle Brodziak (body injury), Darcy Kuemper (LBI), Keith Ballard (groin), Mikael Granlund (UBI), Mike Rupp (body injury)
Key Players: Jared Spurgeon, Ryan Suter, Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise, The Universe
SBNation Blog: Hockey Wilderness
Injuries: Matt Duchene (knee), John Mitchell (concussion), Tyson Barrie (UBI), Cody McLeaod (knee/ankle), Jan Hejda (UBI), Cory Sarich (back spasms)
Key Players: Semyon Varlamov, Paul Statsny, Jan Hejda, Nathan MacKinnon
SBNation Blog: Mile High Hockey
What to look for: Bad, exciting hockey. Two bad possession teams going head to head while suffering through injuries. This could very well turn into a battle of the Russian 'tenders with Ilya Brygalov going up again Semyon Varlamov.
*Not all injury information reflects who will and will not play in the playoffs because it is the playoffs. All injury information from TSN.ca
The unscientific and completely non-stats based predictions of the writers of Arctic Ice Hockey. We all went Ken Holland and went with "gut analytics"! (Missing a couple of writers, sorry guys).
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