Rangers and Capitals prepare for Game Seven, Ducks and Blackhawks get ready for their upcoming series. Details and more in your morning headlines.
THE WASHINGTON POST/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The head coaches of the Capitals and Rangers responded to Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin’s guarantee his club will win Game Seven of their series tomorrow in New York. Capitals coach Barry Trotz praised Ovechkin’s confident claim, while Rangers bench boss Alain Vigneault downplayed the comments. The Capitals also recalled defenseman Nate Schmidt, sparking speculation battered blueliner Tim Gleason might be unable to play in Game Seven.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We’ll find out on Wednesday night if Ovechkin’s guarantee was empty bluster or a promise fulfilled.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/CHICAGO TRIBUNE: As the Anaheim Ducks shift their focus toward the Chicago Blackhawks and the Western Conference Final, the Blackhawks (who will have enjoyed a week-plus playoff break) aren’t taking the Ducks lightly. The Blackhawks also learned pending UFA center Peter Regin, who’s spent all but four games this season in the minors, has signed a one-year deal with Jokerit of the KHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This series between the Ducks and Blackhawks has the potential to be the best matchup yet in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs. This is also the first time these two clubs have faced each other in the postseason.
NOTE: Ongoing playoff series involving Canadian NHL teams are covered in “Canadian Corner.”
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild winger Chris Stewart suffered a separated right shoulder during his club’s series against the Chicago Blackhawks, while forward Jason Zucker suffered a broken left thumb in Game 2 of their series against the St. Louis Blues. Defenseman Nate Prosser sliced a finger during Game Three of the Chicago series, Marco Scandella suffered a hand injury in the first round, Jared Spurgeon was banged-up and Justin Fontaine suffered a groin injury.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Unlike last summer, the Columbus Blue Jackets aren’t expecting much contract negotiation drama this year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s because all their core players are under contract for next season.
BOSTON HERALD: With the departure of Niklas Svedberg to the KHL, Bruins management must find a new backup for Tuukka Rask. They could look to within their system.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Given the New Jersey Devils recent management change, Martin Brodeur doesn’t anticipate joining the club’s front office anytime soon. It’s expected Brodeur, who was part of the St. Louis Blues front office this season following his retirement as a player, will remain with the Blues.