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Franzen expected to be ready to go

Categories: DET vs. PHO, First Round
Johan Franzen of the Detroit Red Wings will be ready to play for the first game of round two.  (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

 The Detroit Red Wings took another step closer to a 100 per cent healthy roster Tuesday, as forward Johan Franzen returned to practice.

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Habs shut down Lucic, Horton

Categories: BOS vs. MTL, First Round
Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic is kept to the outside by Montreal forward Travis Moen in Game 1. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Montreal coach Jacques Martin deployed his top pairing of P.K. Subban and Hal Gill against Boston's No. 1 line of Lucic, David Krejci, and Nathan Horton, and it proved successful in the series opener.

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Carlyle not tipping his Game 2 starter

Categories: ANA vs. NSH, First Round
Ray Emery of Anaheim saw action in the third period of the opener against Nashville, and he could be the starter when the puck drops again in the series. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

Randy Carlyle gave a hearty laugh when asked which of his three goaltenders gave the Ducks the best chance to beat Nashville in Friday's Game 2.

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Canucks believe in their line depth

Categories: First Round, VAN vs. CHI
Vancouver forward Daniel Sedin and Chicago defenceman Brent Seabrook battle during a regular season game. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

This series against Chicago, the Sedins are expecting more line matching but don't think coach Alain Vigneault should have them running scared of the Duncan Keith-BrentSeabrook pairing.

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Canucks' Luongo staying focused

Categories: Chicago Blackhawks, First Round, Teams, VAN vs. CHI, Vancouver Canucks
Canuck goaltender Roberto Luongo has always had a prickly relationship with the media.  (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Canucks and Roberto Luongo turned some heads when they announced the goalie will no longer be talking to the media on game days. But it shouldn't have surprised anyone. Read more »

Blackhawks a lot different this time

Categories: Chicago Blackhawks, First Round, VAN vs. CHI, Vancouver Canucks
Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks talks with his players during a stop in play.  in (By Elsa/Getty Images)
This spring, at least on paper and in the standings, brings a different look to the third consecutive playoff meeting between the Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks. Read more »

Flyers, Sabres renew acquaintances

Categories: Buffalo Sabres, First Round, PHI vs. BUF, Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, seen following the puck as Buffalo forwards Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis look on, is one of the question marks for an otherwise deep team. (Matt Slocum/Associated Press)
The health of Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller and Philadelphia defenceman Chris Pronger is just one of the key issues that could determine the course of their Eastern Conference first round playoff series. Read more »