Game 5 of the shot-blockingest series in recent memory goes at Madison Square Garden, and the Rangers will be hoping for a better performance than their Game 5 loss to Ottawa in the first round. Expect the same thing you've seen in the first four games: pucks hitting bodies, bodies hitting bodies. This one's going to be a war.
The Coyotes return home with a chance to close out the Predators in 5 games and head to the Western Conference Final for the first time in their history. They'll be without Rotislav Klesla, who is serving a one-gamer for his hit from behind on Matt Halischuk. They'll miss the blueliner, especially with Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn back to punch up the Nashville attack, and the Predators likely continuing to run Mike Smith.
• The Vancouver Canucks have agreed to an extension with GM Mike Gillis. The thinking is that Gillis and Vigneault are a package deal and an extension for the Canucks' coach is forthcoming as well. [Canucks]
• A carbon monoxide leaks halts a hockey tournament in Kamloops. Scary. [Vancouver Sun]
• Why does Hockey Canada keep inviting Devan Dubnyk if they don't trust him to play goal? [Edmonton Journal]
• The Senators quietly re-signed Peter Regin to a contract extension on Friday. Where does he fit in the organization? [Ottawa Citizen]
Puck Buddy Comment of the Day: Matt, on Ryan Getzlaf's old English threats.
I hate the Ducks, but I'd have to become a fan of Getzlaf if he actually said "Three minutes, and all ye are fallen."
Bold prediction: Radulov scores in his first game back.
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