Finally. After what seems like a very long wait, the Stanley Cup playoffs begin today with Carolina visiting Newark to face the Devils in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The News & Observer had several articles today, just a piece of the ramped up media coverage Bubba talked about here.
There is also news outside of Raleigh and Newark. In the CHL, Drayson Bowman and Justin McCrae's defense of the Memorial Cup ended with Spokane's dramatic Game 7 loss to Vancouver.
Canes Country: Playoff pick 'em contest
Devils Game 1 Preview Coverage
New York Times: With grit and goals, Parise lifts the Devils
New York Daily News: Brodeur, Devils rested and ready for Hurricanes
Associated Press: Hurricanes-Devils preview
Buffalo News: Detroit, Carolina picked for Finals
850 The Buzz: Making adjustments for familiar opponent (audio also)
From The Rink: 2009 Playoff Predictions
Puck Daddy: Series preview
Spokane Chiefs (lose series to Vancouver 4-3): Lose Game 7, 1-0 in OT