Morning Skate: Technically, it’s still morning.

Morning skate is a feature that will look at the stories developing each day in these 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and a look ahead to the games on the schedule.

Technically, on the west coast, it’s still morning. I had a late night, I’m sorry. Tomorrow will be an earlier publish, I promise*.

*Promises not honored.

Crushing loss

Last night’s loss to the Bruins was crushing for more than just the Capitals.

That’s David Krejci, extricating himself after fans popped out the glass in Boston. Tim Thomas provides the goalie stick for leverage, I presume. Krejci may (or may not) have been hurt in the incident; conflicting reports from Twitter:

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Instagram

Check out this super cool gallery, here. And please excuse the picture of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bold moves paying dividens early

Puck Daddy looks at how several risky trades all looked brilliant after game one. (Puck Daddy)

Brian Elliott ready

But Ken Hitchcock says he’ll start Jaroslav Halak for game two.

Hockey superstitions are Fun.

An interesting article about the superstitions of the Norfolk Admirals, currently on a 25 game winning streak.

Best tweet from yesterday:

I expect the camera crews to be on their A-game.

On The Schedule Tonight:

Florida vs New Jersey 7pm EST

The late bloomer in this years playoffs. Florida returns to post season action after a 12 year hiatus. Expect to see rats.

Pittsburgh vs Philadelphia 7:30pm EST

The Penguins likely aren’t happy about blowing the lead and losing in game one. The Flyers have to expect a strong start from Pittsburgh. If Ilya Bryzgalov can weather the storm, Philly has a chance at taking a 2-0 series lead. (My money is on the Pens tonight, though).

Nashville vs Detroit 7:30 EST

Will we see another penalty filled match? Or will the zebras allow these two to be the least penalized teams in the league as they were during the season? Will Shea Weber continue to work on his WWE resume?

Vancouver vs Los Angeles 7:00 PST

Roberto Luongo was solid in game one, but it wasn’t enough. Vancouver will need another strong outing from their goalie if they want to even this series. They also need to stay out of the penalty box.

Don’t forget to check in after the games for my Nightly Review. Now get out there and enjoy the games!

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