Five Canadian teams, Blackhawks dynasty among stories to watch in NHL playoffs

WAYNE FISH: Picking Stanley Cup winner a roll of the dice

It's not ideal, and there will surely be complaints, but based on the way both teams are trending it is something fans are going to have to get accustomed to. Needless to say, this Penguins team is still unsafe with the likes of Sidney Crosby, Justin Schultz, Phil Kessel and Olli Maata in the lineup.

The defending champion Pittsburg Penguins are without top defenceman Kris Letang, who is gone for the season with the neck injury.

Well who saw that coming?

"They're a well-balanced team", Carrick added. Games 3 and 4 at the Air Canada Centre start at $199 - and those are standing room only.

Ovechkin wasn't the Caps' best or even second-best player. What changes, according to the 2008 Stanley Cup-winning coach? Even 31-year-old Matt Hunwick has suited up for only 20. Anderson's skate appeared to have collided with Mason's skate and caused the goaltender to lose his balance allowing the shot to go in. I don't think we had enough bodies taking personal responsibility for each win and loss. As solid a season as Roman Polak had, he seemed out of place in San Jose's run to the Stanley Cup final a year ago.

None of this should be taken to mean the Leafs don't have a healthy respect for how deep and risky the Capitals are.

Like picking between two sons, MLSE on Monday laid down the rules for which of their playoff bound clubs get use of Maple Leaf Square when both Raptors and Leafs playoffs schedules overlap.

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If you gas up the vehicle early Thursday morning, let's say that costs you $120 for a roundtrip, you can be in your two-star hotel room in nearby Laurel, Md. - and really, who hasn't wanted to visit Laurel - by mid-afternoon.

"The more times you go through it I think the more perspective you have on it", he said. "I am so proud of them". This one should be good.

That line can certainly score and so can the Leafs, but can they stop wave upon wave of Washington's attack? The defense is stacked with the addition of Kevin Shattenkirk.

Capitals: The tandem of Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer won the Jennings Trophy for the best goals-against average in the league. To be fair, Ovechkin's ice time was cut a bit this year to keep him fresh for the playoffs.

"I would say to some degree for sure", said van Riemsdyk.

So perhaps the only thing you should be asking yourself right now is: Is my passport up to date?

Why Wings Fans Should Care: This one should be a great match-up between two of the best coaches in the league.

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Bruins over Senators in 7: Pastrnak and Marchand come up with key goals as B's win three games in OT for series triumph. "I think we've surprised a lot of teams this year".

Defensive depth is a weakness for the Leafs and they've got at least one tired defensive line - Tyler Bozak, Mitch Marner and James van Riemsdyk - that can be exposed, especially on the road. Could they play spoiler on an otherwise flawless season from the Capitals? Matthews' performance overshadowed that of another Leafs rookie Mitch Marner, who had 19 goals and team-leading 42 assists.

The Maple Leafs won't have their biggest minute-eater from the regular season available to play Game 1 against the Washington Capitals, and Toronto head coach Mike Babcock is still trying to figure out what to do about it. Toronto's status as a division rival might play into this one too.

There's no secret what Toronto's Achilles heel is.

Yes, the trip to D.C. doesn't budget for food or parking, but if you stay in Hogtown, you'll have those same expenses.

"It's going to be unbelievable", said the new member of Legend's Row in Maple Leaf Square.

"It's going to be a heck of a series but our goalie Frederik Andersen has been incredible all year and he will be a factor", he said.

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