Only eight teams made it into May, and the Carolina Hurricanes are one of them. Tonight, they kick off their Eastern Conference semifinals series with the Bruins in Boston, hoping to catch a long-idle team off guard in Game 1.
But standing in their way are two of the NHL's most dominant players this season — Norris Trophy candidate Zdeno Chara and Vezina frontrunner Tim Thomas — plus a top-to-bottom solid supporting cast that mixes youth, experience and grit.
Also, please visit Stanley Cup Of Chowder for a Bruins perspective.
Game 1 Previews And News
News & Observer: Canes rising stars are the key now • DeCock: Culture makes a comeback • Defense, depth will test Carolina • A recap of the regular season matchups• Canes' keys to victory • Career paths weave a tangled web
The Hockey News: Second round prognostications
WRALSportsFan.com: Stories, audio and video
From The Rink: Who will win the Cup? (poll, and Carolina doesn't fare well)
USA Today: Carolina at Boston