Empty Netter Assists - 04-11-12

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Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Flyers

-"You don't want to get in a match where you're trading penalties. If we can be disciplined that way and give them two or three [power-play chances] a game, we'll do well." - Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato on the Flyers.

-"He likes playing against the Penguins, I think." - Evgeni Malkin on former teammate Maxime Talbot (above).

-Welcome back Sidney Crosby and Malkin... to the playoffs.

-A rally will be held at the Allgheny County Courthouse today at noon.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Brooks Orpik speaks:

-"I'm sure there will be a lot of blood. It's going to be a battle. It's going to be a chess match. The emotion is going to be there. The intensity is going to be there. Everything is going to be there. They dislike us just as much as we dislike them." - Flyers forward Scott Hartnell.

-"He's been one of the best goalies in the league; he's been our leader for a couple of months now. Everybody is pretty confident." - Talbot on Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

-“First of all, I don’t think I’m public enemy No. 1. I think Lavy is right now. At least that’s what I saw last game.” - Flyers forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr (right) on head coach Peter Laviolette.

-The NHL released its list of officials for the first round.

Rangers - Senators

-The Rangers signed forward Chris Kreider, a first-round pick in 2009, to a three-year entry-level contract. He is eligible for the postseason.

-Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated.

-Since the 2004-05 lockout, The Senators are 11-2-1 in Madison Square Garden.

-“They’re so good defensively. And you’d have to talk to them, but I’m pretty sure their mindset is to shut down the other team’s top line and let the rest of the team take care of the rest.” - Senators forward Jason Spezza on facing the Rangers' top defensive pair of Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh.

Bruins - Capitals

-“To be put in this situation, and feel like you’ve got a purpose . . . what more can you ask for?’’ - Forward Brian Rolston on being acquired by the Bruins from the Islanders at the trade deadline.

-“We have no choice — if the other guys aren’t ready to go, he’s playing. He can handle it. We’ve had other goalies do it that were the same age, or younger.” - Capitals general manager George McPhee on playing rookie goaltender Braden Holtby (right).

-Capitals goaltenders Michal Neuvirth (leg) and Tomas Vokoun (groin) each resumed practicing.

-The Capitals recalled forward Mattias Sjogren from Farjestad of the Elitserien in Sweden.

Panthers - Devils

-Will the Panthers go with Scott Clemmenesen or Jose Theodore in net?

-“I’ve played 10 years in the league and I’ve played only nine games in the playoffs." - Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk.

-"I missed it last year and I missed it three years with Atlanta, so it's been a long time since I've been in the playoffs. I'm just grateful to be playing beyond the regular season and I'm really looking forward to this." - Devils goaltender and former Penguin Johan Hedberg.

Canucks - Kings

-Canucks forward Daniel Sedin (right) did not practice yesterday. He has been sidelined due to a concussion since March 21.

-Kings forward Brad Richardson will be sidelined indefinitely due to an appendectomy.

-The Kings recalled forward Andrei Loktionov from Manchester of the AHL.

-It's been 30 years since the Kings beat the Oilers in a wild 6-5 comeback win in Game 3 of a 1982 Smyth Division semifinal. The game has become known as "The Miracle on Manchester."

Blues - Sharks

-With goaltender Brian Elliott day to day due to an "upper-body" injury, the Blues recalled goaltender Jake Allen from Peoria of the AHL.

-The Sharks were 18-18-7 this past regular season without forward Martin Havlat. With him, they went 25-11-3.

Coyotes - Blackhawks

-"I've been on some other teams where guys wouldn't play as many minutes, and coaches wouldn't talk to them. But he keeps everybody together. He talks to guys who are on the fourth line that play, I don't know, five or seven minutes -- the same he talks to a guy who's on the first line playing over 20 minutes. That's what is keeping this team so close, and that's why we've had success." - Coyotes forward Radim Vrbata on head coach and former Penguins forward Dave Tippett.

-Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews (concussion) will be a game-time decision for Thursday's Game 1.

Predators - Red Wings

-Predators defenseman and former Penguin Hal Gill (right) will be a game-time decision for tonight's Game 1 due to a "lower-body" ailment.

-"He’s going to have to look at the guy across in net and outplay him.'' - Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his goaltender Jimmy Howard facing Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Non-Playoff Stuff

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin coach John Hynes (right) piped in artificial crowd noise for practice yesterday.

-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins signed forward prospect Adam Payerl to an amateur tryout contract.

-Happy 61st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Ron Jones. Claimes from the Bruins in the 1973 intra-league draft, Jones appeared in 25 games for the 1973-74 Penguins and recorded three assists. Midway through the 1974-75 season, he was traded to the Capitals in exchange for Pete Laframboise.

Atlantic Division

-The city of Newark is reducing its police presence at Devils games in the Prudential Center.

Northeast Division

-"They got a lottery. They won a (expletive) lottery and they got the best player in the game. Is that available to me? Should we do that? Should we ask the League to have a lottery this year, and maybe we pick first?. The Pittsburgh model? My (expletive)." - Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke on the Penguins.

-“I haven’t slept in a month, two months. If fans think they’re disappointed, I can assure you the general manager is more disappointed.” - Burke.

-The Bruins signed Boston College defenseman Tommy Cross (right), a second-round pick in 2007, to a two-year entry-level contract.

Southeast Division

-The Hurricanes signed defenseman Brian Dumoulin, a second-round pick in 2009, to a three-year entry-level contract.

-With new sources of revenue, will the Hurricanes pursue a high-end free agent this summer?

Northwest Division

-"The fact that we’re here meeting with you here today, on April 10th is disappointing. It’s frustrating for us as an organization. And it is not acceptable. This is not where we expected to be. We expected to be preparing for the playoffs. I want to be clear. The responsibility for where we are is mine. I’m the general manager of the hockey club. I put the players in place. I hire the coach. And this season has been a failure.’’ - Flames general manager Jay Feaster.

Patrick Division

-The NHL held the draft lottery for the 14 non-playoff teams:

1.) Oilers
2.) Blue Jackets
3.) Canadiens
4.) Islanders
5.) Maple Leafs
6.) Ducks
7.) Wild
8.) Hurricanes
9.) Jets
10.) Lightning
11.) Capitals-**
12.) Sabres
13.) Stars
14.) Flames

**-Acquired from the Avalanche.

-The Oilers will have the top overall pick in the draft for the third consecutive year.

-"It's disappointing. My heart was pounding there when it got down to the final two spots." - Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson on failing to get the top overall pick despite having the NHL's worst overall record.

IIHF World Championships

-Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will play for Canada in next month's World Championships. Lightning forward Steven Stamkos will not play due to an injured shoulder.

-Stars defenseman and former Penguin Alex Goligoski (right) and Sabres forward Nathan Gerbe will play for the United States.

(Photos: Malkin/Talbot-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Jagr-Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images; Holtby-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Sedin and Goligoski-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Gill-Grant Halverson/Getty Images; Hynes-AHL; Cross-J. Meric/Getty Images)

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