News: Matt Beleskey (lower body) will not play in Friday's game against the Stars. Analysis: The nature and extent of Matt Beleskey's setback are uncertain, but whatever ailment he is dealing with will prevent him from taking the ice Friday. Consider him questionable for Monday's Game 3.
News: As expected, Ryan Getzlaf will play Friday against the Stars. Analysis: Ryan Getzlaf took a puck to the face in the Ducks' playoff opener Wednesday, but that won't prevent him from suiting up for the second game of the series Friday night. While Getzlaf will take the ice Friday, he will be without one of his regular linemates, as Matt Beleskey (lower body) will not play.
News: After gifting the Blackhawks three goals on just seven first-period shots Thursday, Ryan Miller was perfect the rest of the way, turning aside the next 35 in a 4-3 triple overtime win in Game 1. Analysis: The nightmarish start by Ryan Miller caused panic among the Scottrade Center faithful, but the veteran netminder settled in nicely to prevent a seventh straight Blues loss. He got a little help by Max Lapierre -- who prevented an overtime goal when he covered a gaping net to stone the Blackhawks' Kris Versteeg -- but sometimes you've gotta be good to be lucky. Miller and the Blues should tighten things up even further when Game 2 goes Saturday afternoon.
News: Johan Franzen assisted on the game's only goal Friday as Detroit beat Boston 1-0 in Game 1 of their Atlantic Division semifinal series. Analysis: Johan Franzen is one of several experienced playoff performers on Detroit's roster and can be expected to fill a vital role until captain Henrik Zetterberg returns to action. Franzen's regular season was plagued with injury but he still managed 41 points in 54 games.
News: Pavel Datsyuk scored the only goal in Friday's 1-0 win over Boston in Game 1 of their Atlantic Division semifinal series, his 37th career playoff goal. Analysis: The goal was a Pavel Datsyukian effort in every sense of the word as the Russian wizard collected the puck near his own zone by casually reaching behind him with one hand and pulling the puck up to his stick. After that it was simply a matter of skating through the Bruins defense and beating Tuukka Rask. Datsyuk will need to be at his best to continue Detroit's momentum against a strong Boston squad.
News: Jimmy Howard turned away all of the 25 shots he faced in Friday's 1-0 victory over Boston in Game 1 of their Atlantic Division semifinal series. Analysis: Jimmy Howard had been one of the league's better netminders in the month leading up to the playoffs and denied the presumptive Eastern Conference favorite in the series opener. The odds of Detroit leaving Boston up 2-0 are slim, but many believed the Wings wouldn't win Game 1. Howard will need to be one of the league's best goalies in the playoffs and he fired the opening salvo Friday.
News: David Desharnais scored the opening goal in Friday's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 2 of the teams' Atlantic Division semifinal. Analysis: David Desharnais deflected a P.K. Subban shot past Anders Lindback and grabbed a point for the second-consecutive game in the series. Considering the chemistry Desharnais has shown with Thomas Vanek and Max Pacioretty, one can assume he'll be productive if the Habs are to continue playin well.
News: P.K. Subban assisted on two of Montreal's four goals in Friday's Game 2 win over Tampa Bay in their Atlantic Division semifinal series. Analysis: P.K. Subban created Montreal's second goal with a great outlet pass to Thomas Vanek who then sprung Rene Bourque. There's little question that Subban will be one of the team's more active offensive players, look for him to be on the scoresheet often if the Habs are doing well.
News: Rene Bourque scored twice in Friday's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 2 of their Atlantic Division semifinal series, his first points of the playoffs. Analysis: Rene Bourque's first goal saw him dart through the Tampa Bay defense and deftly finish past Anders Lindback. Bourque had been rather inconsistent this season, as his nine goals didn't exactly mesh well with his high cap hit. The odds of him scoring consistently in the postseason are limited if his regular season bears any meaning.
News: Carey Price allowed one goal on 27 shots in Friday's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay in Game 2 of their Atlantic Division semifinal series. Analysis: The game was a marked improvement from Game 1 where Carey Price surrendered four goals on 25 shots. The Habs take a 2-0 series lead back to Montreal where Price has been rather solid this season. Montreal is in complete control of this series and Price can make it a quick one if he gets into lockdown mode.