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Game Day Thread: Let the Battle Begin

Six teams prepare to sell their souls to the Hockey Gods and worship at their feet of the Corsi and Fenwick overlords. Tonight, it begins.

Mike Carlson
Recommended Pre-Game Reading:

Olivier Bouchard takes a statistical look at all eight series over on LNH.com. Translations for terms can be found in the Olympic Fancy Stats.

Arik Parnass of Eyes on the Prize thoroughly breaks down both the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference.

Cam Charron breaks down the great, mythical beast that is playoff hockey on Grantland.

Finally, Patrick Williams summarizes the day that was in Winnipeg on NHL.com

Tonight's Games

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Montreal Canadiens

Game 1 is 6:00 PM CST on CBC

Expected Starters: Anders Lindback and Carey Price

TBL Expected Scratches: Ben Bishop (skated 30 minutes), Tom Pyatt, Ryan Malone

MTL Scratches: Travis Moen (skated with team), Ryan White, George Parros, Douglas Murray, Jarred Tinordi

Quote du Jour: "I don't think they show a lot of care for me".- Cedric Paquette on the Montreal Canadiens not drafting him. (quote via Chris Johnston)

Pittsburgh Penguins vs Columbus Blue Jackets

Game 1 is 6:30 CST on CBC

Expected Starters: Marc-Andre Fleury and Sergei Bobrovsky

PITT Expected Scratches: Marcel Goc, Jaysen Megna, Taylor Pyatt, Deryck Engelland, Robert Bortuzzo

CBJ Expected Scratches: Dalton Prout, Nick Schultz, Nick Foligno, RJ Umberger, Nathan Horton

Quote du Jour (curtesy of the Pens website)

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Anaheim Duck vs Dallas Stars

Game 1 is 9:00 CST on TSN

Expected Starters: Frederick Andersen and Kari Lehtonen

ANA Expected Scratches: Tim Jackman, Mark Fistric,

DAL Expected Scratches: Kevin Connauton, Aaron Rome, Rich Peverly

Quote du Jour: "I know it’s going to be awesome seeing everybody waving the towels," he said. "The crowd is going to be awesome."- Matheiu Perrault on his first playoff game as a Duck