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NHL Game Day Preview: Coyotes-Red Wings, Sabres-Flyers, Canadiens-Bruins, Kings-Sharks

Game 1 scorer Patrick Kaleta hits Philly's Ville Leino. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Game 1 scorer Patrick Kaleta hits Philly's Ville Leino. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

PHOENIX COYOTES AT DETROIT RED WINGS

Game 1: 4-2 Red Wings

Game 2: 1:00 Saturday

Notes: Henrik Zetterberg missed Game 1 with a knee injury and won’t return for Game 2… Phoenix’s power play went 0-for-6 in Game 1… Rostislav Klesla and Todd Bertuzzi fought in the opening match… Phoenix’s Derek Morris missed Game 1 and didn’t skate Thursday - he’s listed as day-to-day… The Coyotes won two of three games in Detroit in last year’s seven-game series, but lost the last two games on home ice.

Quote worthy: "What happens is when one team loses, they get better, and sometimes the other team is so busy pumping their own tires that they don't get better. We've got to be better if we're going to win. The urgency goes up as the series goes on and the playoffs go on.” - Detroit coach Mike Babcock.

THN's STARS OF THE SERIES (our total game night star points in parenthesis)
1. Pavel Datsyuk (3)
2. Jimmy Howard (2)
3. Brian Rafalski (1)

What they’re saying in Phoenix: Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic writes the Coyotes have to step up the toughness in Game 2.

What they’re saying in Detroit:
John Niyo of the Detroit News writes that Todd Bertuzzi is finding redemption with the Wings.

Poll: Who will win Game 2?

BUFFALO SABRES AT PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Game 1: 1-0 Buffalo.

Game 2: 5:00 Saturday.

Notes:
Patrick Kaleta scored Game 1’s only goal; he hadn’t scored since Dec. 27… Philadelphia’s power play went 0-for-5 in Game 1… James van Riemsdyk and Kimmo Timonen led all players with six shots in Game 1… The Sabres are now 9-2 in road Game 1’s under coach Lindy Ruff… Chris Pronger will be a game day decision, but is expected to miss Game 2… It took 45:56 before Kaleta’s goal, marking the longest a Flyers playoff game had gone without a goal since 2002… Chris Pronger’s replacement in Game 1, Danny Syvret, didn’t record a hit... Defensemen Chris Butler, Marc-Andre Gragnani and Mike Weber all played their first post-season games Thursday - none played less than 19:00 and they combined for one point, five shots and six hits… The Flyers averaged 3.86 goals in the game following being shutout this season.

Quote worthy: “If Chris Pronger was available, he could be a difference maker. I think that speaks for itself. But he’s not, so there is no sense worrying about things we don’t have right now.” - Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette on injured defenseman Chris Pronger.

THN's STARS OF THE SERIES
1. Ryan Miller (3)
2. Patrick Kaleta (2)
3. Danny Briere (1)

What they’re saying in Buffalo: John Vogl of the Buffalo News writes that while the defensive effort was encouraging, more ice time from Thomas Vanek and Tyler Ennis is needed, as are more goals.

What they’re saying in Philadelphia: It’s the same in Pennsylvania, where Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that Flyers expect more offense in Game 2.

Poll: Who will win Game 2?

MONTREAL CANADIENS AT BOSTON BRUINS

Game 1: 2-0 Montreal.

Game 2: 7:00 Saturday.

Notes: Brian Gionta has seven goals in seven games against Boston this season including Game 1… The Habs blocked 19 shots in Game 1; Boston’s Tim Thomas made 18 saves… Carey Price’s win in Game 1 was his first in nine playoff games… Price’s shutout was the third of his playoff career - one more than Roberto Luongo and Ryan Miller… Boston outshot Montreal by 11 in Game 1, including a 12-shot edge in the second period… Scott Gomez was one of Montreal’s best players in Game 1, but didn’t record a shot… Tomas Kaberle and Dennis Seidenberg were Boston’s worst at minus-2 in Game 1… Kaberle and David Krejci were the only Bruins to not get a shot in Game 1… Boston’s 59 percent faceoff percentage is the best in the playoffs so far… Zdeno Chara was hospitalized overnight for dehydration and missed practice Friday; he is probable for Game 2... Andrei Kostitsyn and Jeff Halpern will be game-time decisions for Montreal.

Quote worthy: “We were all over them, playing in their zone. We just didn’t get a goal, that’s all.” - Boston David Krejci on Montreal’s Hal Gill-P.K. Subban defense pairing.

THN's STARS OF THE SERIES
1. Carey Price (3)
2. Brian Gionta (2)
3. Scott Gomez (1)

What they’re saying in Montreal: Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette writes about Tomas Plekanec as a difference-maker in this series.

What they’re saying in Boston: Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe writes the Bruins must get more traffic in front of Carey Price.

Poll: Who will win Game 2?

LOS ANGELES KINGS AT SAN JOSE SHARKS

Game 1: 3-2 San Jose (OT)

Game 2: 10:00 Saturday.

Notes: The Sharks held a 15-3 shot advantage in Game 1 before Ricard Wallin’s delay of game penalty; L.A. outshot the Sharks 32-30 the rest of the way… Joe Pavelski, who scored the overtime-winner in Game 1, had nine goals in San Jose’s first eight post-season games last year… In his past 35 playoff games, Pavelski has the game-winner in seven of them (20 percent)… The Sharks had lost the opening game of their first round series in 2008, 2009 and 2010 before Game 1’s win… Trade deadline acquisition Dustin Penner was relegated to the fourth line and had a minus-2 rating for the Kings in the opener... The Kings went 13 minutes without a shot at one point and San Jose went 15 minutes without at another in Game 1… Jarret Stoll will miss Game 2 after being suspended one game for a hit from behind on Ian White… White is likely to miss Game 2... Oscar Moller will suit up for the Kings.

Quote worthy: "That other hit is five times more severe, more intentional, travelling distance, launching yourself two to three feet off the ice and a blow to the head. That is a major longtime suspension.” - Los Angeles coach Terry Murray on Jason Demer’s hit on Ryan Smyth in Game 1. Murray was reacting to Stoll’s suspension.

THN's STARS OF THE SERIES
1. Antti Niemi (3)
2. Jonathan Quick (2)
3. Joe Pavelski (1)

What they’re saying in Los Angeles: Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times writes about the reaction to Jarret Stoll’s suspension.

What they’re saying in San Jose:
Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News writes about the childhood friendship of Sharks rookie Logan Couture and Kings defenseman Drew Doughty.

Poll: Who will win Game 2?

The NHL Game Day Preview will appear each day throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs to prepare you for the action ahead.

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