Year of the Rat? Bears and Rats Tangle Tonight, Saturday's Open Thread

Nashville and Chicago will kick off NHL playoff action today at 3 p.m. as both teams try to take an advantage in the series.  Right now they are all tied up at 2-2.  

Pittsburgh will try once again to eliminate Ottawa.  Will the Sens have the emotional advantage after winning in the third overtime the other night?  It might not matter.

San Jose is sitting pretty in Colorado with a 3-2 lead.  Can they move on to the next round tonight?

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The Albany River Rats continue their quest for the Calder Cup as they begin round two of the AHL playoffs in Hershey tonight.  The Bears have been the class of the AHL all season long and are last year's champs.  This should be a great series.

Albany coach Jeff Daniels puts things in perspective for Pete Dougherty, writer for the timesunion.com.  "We have talked about it all year that in order to be the best, you have to beat the best," Daniels said.  "And Hershey is the best."

The Rats are feeling pretty good about themselves because they are coming off a sweep of the Pittsburgh farm club, the Wilkes-Barre Penguins.  "There's some quiet confidence going into the series," rookie forward Drayson Bowman said. "We swept a pretty good team. I don't think there's any reason to be scared."

Oskar Osala looks forward to facing his former teammates and feels that his new team "has more hunger."

We will find out starting at 7 tonight.

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