The Columbus Blue Jackets know that almost no one thinks they have a shot against mighty Pittsburgh in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, which start Wednesday night.
The Penguins' superstars include Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Co.
In goal for Columbus is Sergei Bobrovsky, considered a playoff failure in Philadelphia. The Russian won the Vezina Trophy as top netminder last season.
Montreal vs. Tampa Bay. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop is expected to miss the start of the series because of an upper-body injury.
Anaheim vs. Dallas. The Ducks want to send 43-year-old Teemu Selanne out with a championship in what is expected to be his final season.
Laviolette leads U.S.
Former Flyers coach Peter Laviolette will lead Team USA in the IIHF World Championships next month in Minsk, Belarus.
Florida wins lottery
The Florida Panthers bucked the odds by jumping up a spot ahead of last-place Buffalo to win the NHL draft lottery and earn the right to the top pick in June.
- Associated Press