Some excellent teams will exit early from the playoffs, which will begin Wednesday. At least two West teams that earned at least 100 points are sure to be gone after the first round because they're playing teams that also had 100 points or more.
"It's one of those awards that I think represents who we are as a group,"
"I don't think there's any limits how good this team can be," winger
"The way we played last year in the playoffs, we want to make sure everybody is going to remember that because there is a next level to go, and this team can do it."
It was a huge stumble for the Blues, but Coach Ken Hitchcock said he expects to have a different lineup for the series opener, Thursday at St. Louis. "This break will do us really a lot of good, and we can get re-energized, refocused and come back and get ready to play," he said.
Fiery Coach Patrick Roy led Colorado's turnaround from worst to first. Colorado will face wild-card entry Minnesota, starting Thursday in Denver.
"After the last few seasons that we've had, it was nice to have a change of mentality in the room. I think you have to give the coaching staff a lot of credit for that," Avalanche goaltender
"The one thing we don't accept anymore is losing, and it's nice to be able to come out successful on most nights."
It's nicer to win when it counts most. The
"That's the beauty of the playoffs. You never know," Selanne said. "Especially the teams who have been playing do-or-die games the last couple weeks, they're going to be hot."