Records: Boston (54-19-9, NHL-best 117 points); Detroit (39-28-15, 93 points).
Coaches: Bruins - Claude Julien (7th season, 310-163-65); Red Wings - Mike Babcock (9th season, 415-198-98).
Season series: Red Wings, 3-1.
Last year's playoffs: Bruins lost to Chicago in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Red Wings lost to Chicago in the conference semifinals.
Key players: Bruins - C David Krejci (19 goals, 50 assists, 69 points); G Tuukka Rask (36-15.6, 2.04 GAA); Red Wings - RW Gustav Nyquist (28 G, 20 A, 48 pts., 57 games); D Niklas Kronwall (8 G, team-high 41 A, 49 points).
Outlook: Boston was second in the NHL in fewest goals allowed per game (2.08). . . . Red Wings LW Henrik Zetterberg, who ranks third among active players with 55 postseason goals, is recovering from back surgery and not likely to play in the series.
Records: Pittsburgh (51-24-7, 108 points); Columbus (43-32-7, 93 points).
Coaches: Penguins - Dan Bylsma (6th season, 252-117-32); Blue Jackets - Todd Richards (3d season, 85-70-16).
Season series: Penguins, 5-0.
Last year's playoffs: Penguins lost to Boston in the conference finals. Columbus didn't qualify.
Key players: Penguins - C Sidney Crosby (36 G, 68 A, 104 points), LW Chris Kunitz (35 G, 33 A, 68 points). Blue Jackets - C Ryan Johansen (33 G, 30 A, 63 points), G Sergei Bobrovsky (32-20-5, 2.38 GAA).
Outlook: Crosby won his second NHL scoring title with 104 points and led the NHL in assists. . . . Pittsburgh C Evgeni Malkin (23 G, 49 A, 72 points in 60 games), last played March 23 because of a foot injury, but he began skating last week, so his status will be key. . . . Pittsburgh had the NHL's best power play percentage. . . . Bobrovsky, the former Flyer, appeared in just one of the five games this year against Pittsburgh.
Records: Tampa Bay (46-27-9, 101 points); Montreal (46-28-8, 100 points)
Coaches: Lightning - Jon Cooper (2d season, 51-35-12); Canadiens - Michel Therrien (5th season, 152-119-23T, 26 OL).
Season series: Lightning, 3-1.
Last year's playoffs: The Canadiens lost in the first round to Ottawa. The Lightning didn't qualify.
Key players: Lightning - RW Steven Stamkos (25 G, 15 A, 40 points in 37 games); D Victor Hedman (13 G, 42 A, 55 points); Canadiens - G Carey Price (34-20-5, 2.32 GAA), LW Max Pacioretty (39 G, 21 A, 60 points).
Outlook: Three of the four games this season were tied 1-1 through regulation and the fourth was a 3-1 Tampa Bay win that ended with a Lightning empty-net goal. . . . D P.K. Subban led Montreal with 43 assists. . . . LW Thomas Vanek had 6 g and 15 a in 18 games for Montreal after being acquired at the trade deadline from the Islanders. . . . Lightning G Ben Bishop (.924 save percentage) missed the final three games with an upper- body injury.
Records: Colorado (52-22-8, 112 points), Minnesota (43-27-12, 98 points)
Coaches: Avalanche - Patrick Roy (1st season, 52-22-8); Wild - Mike Yeo (3d season, 104-82-26).
Season series: Avalanche, 4-1.
Last year's playoffs: The Avalanche didn't qualify. The Wild lost in the first round to Chicago.
Key players: Avalanche - C Nathan MacKinnon (24 G, 39 A, 63 points), LW Gabriel Landeskog (26 G, 39 A, 65 points); Wild - RW Jason Pominville (30 G, 30 A, 60 points); LW Zach Parise (29 G, 27 A, 56 points).
Outlook: MacKinnon is a leading candidate for rookie of the year. . . . Avalanche leading scorer Matt Duchene (23 G, 47 A, 70 points) is likely out for the series with a knee injury suffered March 29. . . . Colorado G Semyon Varlamov led the NHL with 41 wins and his .927 save percentage was second among goalies who had 30 or more starts. . . . Former Flyer Ilya Bryzgalov went 7-1-3 with a 2.12 GAA, a .911 save percentage, and three shutouts after joining the Wild in March.
Records: St. Louis (52-23-7, 111 points); Chicago (46-21-15, 107 points)
Coaches: Blues - Ken Hitchcock (3d season, 124-55-20); Blackhawks - Joel Quenneville (6th season, 268-127-59).
Season series: Blues, 3-2.
Last year's playoffs: Chicago won the Stanley Cup. The Blues lost in the opening round to Los Angeles.
Key players: Blackhawks - LW Patrick Sharp (34 G, 44 A, 78 points), RW Marian Hossa (30 G, 30 A, 60 points); Blues - RW T.J. Oshie (21 G, 39 A, 60 points), LW Jaden Schwartz, 25 G, 21 A, 56 points, team-best plus-28).
Outlook: Chicago forwards Jonathan Toews (upper body) and Patrick Kane (lower body) are coming off late-season injuries but are expected to be available. . . . St. Louis acquired G Ryan Miller on Feb. 28 from Buffalo and he went 10-8-1 with a 2.47 GAA. . . . Blues RW Vladimir Tarasenko (21 G, 22 A) hasn't played since suffering a hand injury on March 15 and it's possible he could return for the first round.
Records: Anaheim (54-20-8, 116 points); Dallas (40-31-11, 91 points)
Coaches: Ducks - Bruce Boudreau (3d season, 111-55-22); Stars - Lindy Ruff (1st season, 40-31-11).
Season series: Stars, 2-1.
Last year's playoffs: The Ducks lost in the first round to Detroit. Dallas didn't qualify.
Key players: Ducks - C Ryan Getzlaf (31 G, 56 A, 87 points), RW Corey Perry (43 G, 39 A, 82 points); Stars - C Tyler Seguin (37 G, 47 A, 84 points), LW Jamie Benn (34 G, 45 A, 79 points).
Outlook: The Ducks had six players with a plus-20 or more - Perry (32), D Hampus Lindhold (29), Getzlaf (28), D Francois Beauchemin (26), D Ben Lovejoy (21), and D Bryan Allen (20). . . . Stars G Kari Lehtonen appeared in 65 games (64 starts) while compiling a 2.41 GAA and .919 save percentage. . . . The Ducks led the NHL with 3.21 goals per game.
Records: San Jose (51-22-9, 111 points); Los Angeles (46-28-8, 100 points)
Coaches: Sharks - Todd McLellan (6th season, 195-92-41); Kings - Darryl Sutter (3d season, 98-57-24).
Season series: Kings, 3-2
Last year's playoffs: The Sharks lost to the Kings in the second round. The Kings lost in the conference finals to Chicago.
Key players: Sharks - C Joe Pavelski (41 G, 38 A, 79 points), C Joe Thornton (11 G, 65 A, 76 points); Kings - G Jonathan Quick (27-17-4, 2.07 GAA, .915), C Anze Kopitar (29 G, 41 A, 70 points)
Outlook: Last year in the playoffs the Kings beat San Jose in seven games and five of those contests were decided by a goal, with one in OT. . . . The Kings received a boost from RW Marian Gaborik, who had 5 goals and 11 assists in 19 games since being acquired on March 5 from Columbus. . . . Three former Flyers were the second-