Thursday, May 2
by Matthew Coller
The Montreal Canadiens improved from worst in the Eastern Conference all the way to a second seed, while the Ottawa Senators made the playoffs despite losing Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson, and Craig Anderson all for large portions of the shortened season. It's a battle of feel good stories as well as division rivals.
by Robert Vollman and ESPN Insider
Toronto took advantage of a short season, but New Jersey suffered for it.
Wednesday, May 1
by Ryan Schwepfinger
Even putting Sidney Crosby aside, the Penguins have a boatload of talent. But the surprising Islanders are led by their own Hart Trophy hopeful in former first overall pick John Tavares.
by Jonathan Willis
The Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks are two teams that have had a great deal of success over the past several seasons, but that have been ultimately viewed as postseason disappointments. One will fail yet again, but one will move on.
by Ryan Wagman
The Maple Leafs are back in the playoffs! But with some ugly looking possession numbers, do they have any chance against the 2011 champion Boston Bruins?
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