Tavares loves Long Island; MacLean gets vote of confidence; Playoff nails (Puck Headlines)

A woman predicts the Stanley Cup first round by painting her nails.


A woman predicts the Stanley Cup first round by painting her nails.

Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

• Here's an interesting way to pick the first round: by painting your nails. Why didn't I think of that? Anyway. I would say she... nailed it. And now I nailed it with that joke. [Sports-Kings]

John Tavares in response to rumblings that he's unhappy with the Islanders: "there's no part of me that wants to leave." [Newsday]

• Eugene Melnyk gives Paul MacLean a vote of confidence. [Senators Extra]

• Canada could support three more NHL teams, say economists. [Ottawa Citizen]

• Andrew MacDonald: good in the defensive zone, terrible in the neutral zone. [Broad Street Hockey]

• Katie Baker on the Red Wings' incredible playoff streak. [Grantland

• Speaking of the Red Wings, they'll begin this year's playoffs without Henrik Zetterberg, who still isn't ready to return to the lineup following back surgery. [FreeP]

• Meanwhile, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are back for the Blackhawks and ready to start their Stanley Cup defense. [Daily Herald

• Remembering the support from around the NHL following the Boston Marathon tragedy, on it's one-year anniversary. [Bruins Daily]

• Pierre LeBrun on Barry Trotz's next challenge. [ESPN]

Kari Lehtonen has matured as a player, and now he's ready to carry the Stars into the postseason. [Dallas News]

• The top 15 fantasy winners in the Eastern Conference. [Dobber Hockey]

• Mike Liambis remembers the hockey hit that changed his life, and almost ended his career. [Fox6 Now]

• Union's Mat Bodie has signed a deal with the New York Rangers. [Times Union]

• Meanwhile, Union's Shayne Gostisbehere signs with the Flyers. It's all just playoff posturing! [Daily Gazette]

• Behind the scenes with ESPN's biggest hockey fans at the Frozen Four. [Awful Announcing]

• Peter Laviolette has been named the head coach of the 2014 US Men's National team. [USA Hockey

• A closer look at the on-ice evaluation of head and neck injuries in the NHL. [Undisclosed Injury]

• Randy Carlyle tries to explain what happened with the Leafs this season. [TSN]

• Finally, this year's playoffs as the intro to Advance Wars 2.

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