The Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins kick off their Eastern Conference Finals series tonight at Mellon Arena. Both teams are coming off grueling conference semifinals series but have to refocus for Game 1.
Also, be sure to check out our lunchtime live chat from noon to 1 p.m. Bubba and I will answer your questions and try and get everyone ready for tonight's game.
New York Times: Partisan Preview: Pittsburgh vs. Carolina (The Times again asked us to weigh in on the series)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Penguins' postseason brings out best in Crosby • Penguins Notebook: Gonchar expects to play in Game 1 • Hurricanes' Locker Room: Carolina playing its best hockey • Collier: Staying five on five the Penguins' best plan • Crosby wants just one tag
NHL.com: Staal in the family • Coming up big while short • 'Cardiac' 'Canes eye up Pens • Sid at his best in postseason • Ward's impressive playoff resume • PIT / CAR series blog • Brains Behind The Bench: Dan Bylsma • Brains Behind The Bench: Paul Maurice • Who will win?
From The Rink: The bracket racket: Round 3 predictions
WRALSportsFan.com: Stories, video and audio
Beaver County Times: Having a Whale of a time rooting for Canes