Stanley Cup Playoffs: Friday's Need to Know

Ottawa and Pittsburgh will clash on Friday night in a Game 2 that features a newly announced coach of the year candidate, as well as two of the classiest veterans in the game. Here's what you need to know about what's happening in the NHL playoffs.

Sens, Pens meet for Game 2

Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators handles the puck in Game 1 in front of the opponent who put him out for more than two months with an Achilles injury, Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins will have the stage to themselves Friday night in the Stanley Cup playoffs, with Hockey Night in Canada's coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

But there's still plenty going on around the league. Here's a list of things you need to know, to be updated throughout the day:

  • The Senators get another chance to upend the top-seeded Penguins in Game 2. Ottawa will look to play more disciplined after allowing two power-play goals and a short-handed marker in the opener.
  • Tim Wharnsby spoke to Jarome Iginla and Daniel Alfredsson. Both players spent over 15 years with their respective Canadian clubs. Iginla chose to leave Calgary for Pittsburgh when the opportunity arose, while Alfredsson has remained in Ottawa through thick and thin.
  • Hockey Night in Canada in this round of the playoffs is featuring series involving two of the three men announced Friday as finalists for the Jack Adams Award as top coach: Ottawa's Paul MacLean and Chicago bench boss Joel Quenneville. Bruce Boudreau of Anaheim was the other finalist.
  • The NHL on Thursday evening decreed that Raffi Torres of San Jose should miss the rest of the team's series against Los Angeles. readers and those on Twitter had plenty to say about the decision.
  • Both playoff games on Thursday night ended in dramatic fashion. Find out New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist's surprising overtime record, and why he was so ticked off.
  • Reminder: Game 2 of the Chicago-Detroit series on Hockey Night in Canada will be Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. Get interactive with the game with 2nd Screen!