Here’s a fun fact: Peter Forsberg has yet to play three consecutive games this season. The Avs have got to love that. Actually, the Wild probably do find that a fun fact, seeing as how they’re meeting in the playoffs.
Sam Donnellon thinks Flyers goalie Marty Biron might be the hottest goalie in the playoffs (login info.). I think heat is a bit of a relative term for a team that basically backed into the playoffs after a giant two-week misfire, but I guess Biron has been playing well. He certainly stood up the Penguins in the Flyers last game of the season. Interestingly, the Times says the San Jose Sharks actually got too hot too soon. I think that’s what doomed Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn.
Larry Brooks wonders if Ted Nolan is on his way out of Long Island, given that the team is getting younger and Nolan’s reputation isn’t exactly that of a developer of new talent.
Also, speaking of losing, things seem kind of awkward in Carolina, too. Luke DeCock wonders if coach Peter Laviolette is going to take the fall for the Hurricanes missing the playoffs — specifically for the way he rushed so many vets back into the lineup.