Throughout the playoffs during the afternoon of each gameday, we’ll give you an overview of the day’s news prior to puck drop, with a healthy dose of irreverence mixed in. We’re not going to officially call this a link dump, but it’s a link dump. And I can’t think of a better way to bust out our new toy than introducing you to the best spot to watch a hockey game in Vancouver. Exotic hi def action? Score!!!

News that shocks no one: Chris Pronger is officially out for Game 1 tonight against Buffalo

Danny Briere doesn’t want anyone to be worried though.

“The way I see it is, we won some games, we were successful without him early in the season and halfway through the season. And we had our little letdown at the end, but we can’t use that as an excuse. I mean, Chris didn’t make us lose. We didn’t play as well as we could and should and that’s the reason why we lost.”

Say it ain’t so,

We fully understand that no matter how witty and clever a headline writer is, there are only so many great headlines to go around. But during times of desperation it’s better to reach into the bag and pull out a cliché, than to break the panic glass and roll with a Ron MacLean-esque pun.

The fine folks over at don’t even bother to replace the glass anymore. The pun machine is broken, and it churned out another dandy this afternoon.

Lars Eller has learned that North Americans can be blunt

The headline says it all in Rick Moffat’s latest for CJAD, as Habs rookie forward Lars Eller quite bluntly told reporters the message his veteran leaders relayed to the team prior to tonight’s opening game in Boston. Moffat also notes that defenceman Paul Mara will be a healthy scratch tonight, and that PK Subban has been teaching that old dog Hal Gill a few new tricks.

No Schenn for you

For some, the decision to bring forward Brayden Schenn into the Kings’ lineup after his Saskatoon Blades were eliminated from the WHL playoffs was a no-brainer. But it wasn’t for Dean Lombardi.

Woo hoo wooooo the Sharks are Canada’s team…GO SHARKS GO!!!!

That’s right, Leafs Nation, your awful song is full of lies. Lies! Or at least it is until the Sharks are eliminated. As the Calgary Herald tells us, the Sharks have the most Canadians on their roster out of the 16 teams that qualified for this year’s playoffs. Even more than the Canadiens, which seems like it violates some national treason law.