Stanley Cup Playoffs: Tuesday's Need To Know
Get up to speed before the pucks drops
By Justin Piercy, CBC Sports
Posted: May 7, 2013 12:06 PM ET
Last Updated: May 7, 2013 11:36 PM ET
Tuesday night's NHL playoff action features four crucial Game 4s, including a do-or-die tilt for one Canadian team facing elimination.
Here's a list of things you need to know, which we'll update throughout the day:
- The Vancouver Canucks will look to claw their way back into a series they trail 0-3 to the Sharks tonight in San Jose.
- Will it be Cory Schneider or Roberto Luongo that starts in goal for the Canucks tonight? Survey says...
- Sharks coach Todd McLellan had some choice words after Canucks' Kevin Bieksa accused San Jose of embellishing.
- With the return of a suspended Senator, will there be fireworks in Game 4 of the Montreal-Ottawa series tonight?
- If there are, they won't include the Habs' Ryan White or captain Brian Gionta.
- There's certainly no love lost between coaches Michel Therrien and Paul MacLean. But what about MacLean's doppelganger and the Habs coach?
- One young Sens fan who refused to remove her jersey during "Canadiens Spirit Day" at her school will be getting a lift to the game in a limo with her family, thanks to Eugene Melnyk.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins survived a scare from the Islanders in Game 3, and hope to have a key piece of their defence back for Game 4.
- They also might be adding more offensive firepower as James Neal nears a return.
- Minnesota looks to get back on even terms with Chicago. Will they have Jason Pominville in the lineup? He gave an update to reporters after morning practice.
- Coach Mike Yeo says the Wild will for sure be without injured goalie Niklas Backstrom.
- Meanwhile, Duncan Keith will play for the Blackhawks tonight — he's flying to St. Paul after an addition to his family in Chicago.