Western Conference Playoff Reports
First all-California playoff series since 1969, between the Sharks & Ducks and it will be the first in-state postseason matchup in the NHL, NBA or Major League Baseball since 2002, when the Angels and San Francisco played in the World Series.
No NHL team has won more playoff rounds (6) than the Ducks and Detroit since the 2005-06 season.
The Columbus Blue Jackets could have forward Fredrik Modin in the lineup as early as Game 1 according to Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch.
Monday’s Lines in practice according to the Dispatch
Kristian Huselius — Manny Malhotra — Rick Nash
R.J. Umberger — Antoine Vermette — Jake Voracek
Raffi Torres — Jason Williams — Derek Dorsett
Jason Chimera — Michael Peca/Jiri Novotny — Fredrik Modin
Alexandre Picard — Derick Brassard/Chris Gratton — Nikita Filatov
Jan Hejda — Mike Commodore
Fedor Tyutin — Rostislav Klesla
Kris Russell — Marc Methot
Christian Backman — Aaron Rome
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios, 47, has said he fully intends to play next season.
St. Louis Blues forward
Paul Kariya is set to return to the lineup and practiced today with the Blues. The Blues open up on Wednesday against the Canucks.
Eastern Conference Reports
The Washington Capitals have their playoff lines set. Forward Chris Clark is expected to return for the second round.
Bobby Holik, a healthy scratch for the Devils final two games skated with the fifth line in Monday’s practice.
Canes center Matt Cullen was back on the ice today for the first playoff practice at the RBC Center.
Cullen missed the last eight games of the regular season with a foot injury.
Rangers forward Chris Drury is day-to-day and is being regarded as questionable for Game 1 against Washington.