The Boston Bruins come in as the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference and the second best record in the NHL. They are led by #91, Center Marc Savard:
Born: July 17, 1977
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario
Height: 5' 10" Weight: 196
2009-04-13 - Savard had a goal and two assists to help the Bruins wrap up their Eastern Conference championship with a 6-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday.
2009-04-03 - Savard scored his 24th goal of the season for Boston in Thursday's 2-1 win over Ottawa.
2009-03-13 - Savard had two assists in Boston's 5-3 win over Ottawa on Thursday night.
2009-03-01 - Savard had assists on all three Boston goals, but the Bruins lost 4-3 in overtime to Southeast Division-leading Washington on Saturday.
The Washington Capitals come in as the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference and quite possibly the most exciting player in the NHL, #8, Left Winger Alex Ovechkin.
Born: September 17, 1985
Birthplace: Moscow, USSR
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 216
2009-04-04 - Ovechkin had a goal and two assists in Washington's 5-4 overtime loss to Buffalo on Friday.
2009-03-28 - Ovechkin had two goals and two assists to lead the Capitals to a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay on Friday.
2009-03-25 - Ovechkin had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to Toronto.
2009-03-20 - Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 50th goal to become Washington's first three-time 50-goal scorer as the Capitals beat Tampa Bay 5-2 on Thursday night.
The New Jersey Devils come in as the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference and are led by #9, Left Winger Zach Parise.
Born: July 28, 1984
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 190
2009-04-04 - Parise had a goal and two assists in the Devils' 5-4 overtime win over Tampa Bay on Friday.
2009-03-21 - Parise extended his point streak to seven with two assists in a 4-0 win over Minnesota on Friday.
2009-03-15 - Parise had two assists in Saturday's 3-1 win over Montreal.
2009-03-13 - Parise scored 18 seconds after the opening faceoff for his 40th of the season in New Jersey's 5-2 win over Phoenix on Thursday night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins come in as the #5 seed in the Eastern Conference and are led by #71, Center Evgeni Malkin.
Born: July 31, 1986
Birthplace: Magnitogorsk, USSR
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 195
2009-04-11 - Malkin secured the Art Ross Trophy, the NHL's regular-season scoring title, with a goal in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 3-1 season-ending victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
2009-03-21 - Malkin had a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.
2009-03-18 - Malkin tied a career-high with five points - two goals and three assists - to surpass 100 for the second consecutive season and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Atlanta Thrashers 6-2 Tuesday night.
2009-03-02 - Malkin had a goal and two assists and the Penguins won their third in a row without Sidney Crosby, 4-1 over the stumbling Dallas Stars on Sunday.
The Philadelphia Flyers come in as the #6 seed in the Eastern Conference and are led by #17, Center Jeff Carter.
Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, Ontario
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 200
2009-04-04 - Carter netted a hat trick and added an assist to help the Flyers to an 8-5 win over Toronto on Friday.
2009-03-11 - Carter scored two goals in the third period as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Tuesday night.
2009-02-26 - Carter had a goal and an assist for the second straight game in Wednesday night's 2-0 victory over visiting Los Angeles
2009-02-25 - Breaking a season-high five-game scoring drought, Carter assisted on the tying goal and had the go-ahead score to help the Flyers rally for a 4-2 victory Tuesday night in Washington.
The Carolina Hurricanes come in as the #7 seed in the Eastern Conference and are led by #13, veteran Left Wing Ray Whitney.
Born: May 8, 1972
Birthplace: Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
Height: 5' 10" Weight: 180
2009-03-21 - Whitney had three assists in Friday's 5-4 win over the New York Islanders.
2009-03-15 - Whitney extended his point streak to four with a goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-4 shootout loss to Washington.
2009-03-12 - Whitney had two assists in a 4-3 overtime win over Vancouver on Wednesday.
2009-03-07 - Whitney reached 300 goals in remarkable fashion with his third career hat trick in Friday night's 6-1 victory over visiting Calgary. He scored his milestone goal with 14:52 remaining in the game, his third power-play tally of the night.
The New York Rangers come in as the #4 seed in the Eastern Conference and are led by #30, Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
Born: March 2, 1982
Birthplace: Are, Sweden
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 195
2009-04-10 - Lundqvist made 37 saves in New York's 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.
2009-03-25 - Lundqvist stopped 18 shots in the Rangers' 2-1 win over the Wild on Tuesday.
2009-03-13 - Lundqvist stopped 19 shots in New York's 4-2 win over Nashville on Thursday night.
2009-02-26 - Lundqvist's hard luck continued Wednesday night in a 2-1 shootout loss to Toronto. The Rangers goalie lost for the third straight time - and second outside of regulation - despite stopping 24 shots and two of three shootout attempts.
The Montreal Canadiens come in as the #8 seed in the Eastern Conference and are led by #27, veteran Right Wing Alexei Kovalev.
Born: February 24, 1973
Birthplace: Togliatti, USSR
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 224
2009-04-05 - Kovalev had a goal and three assists in Saturday's 6-2 victory over Toronto.
2009-04-03 - Kovalev had three assists in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Islanders.
2009-04-01 - Kovalev scored 25 seconds into Montreal's 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.
2009-03-25 - Kovalev had two goals and an assist
The San Jose Sharks come in as the #1 seed in the Western Conference and the best overall record in the NHL. They are led by #19, veteran Center Joe Thornton.
Born: July 2, 1979
Birthplace: London, Ontario
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 235
2009-03-18 - Thornton scored two goals and added an assist in the Sharks' 4-3 loss at Phoenix on Tuesday.
2009-03-11 - Thornton tied a season high with two goals in Tuesday night's 5-4 overtime win in Minnesota.
2009-02-20 - Thornton extended his point streak to four games with a pair of assists in Thursday night's 4-2 victory over visiting Los Angeles.
2009-02-14 - Thornton had a season-high four assists and tied his season high for points in a 6-5 shootout loss Friday night at Buffalo.
The Detroit Red Wings come in as the #2 seed in the Western Conference and are led by #13, Center Pavel Datsyuk.
Born: July 20, 1978
Birthplace: Sverdlovsk, USSR
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 197
2009-03-15 - Datsyuk extended his point streak to four with two goals in a 5-2 win over St. Louis on Saturday.
2009-03-04 - Datsyuk had two assists in a 5-0 win over St. Louis on Tuesday.
2009-02-21 - Datsyuk extended his point streak to four games on Friday with a goal and an assist in the Red Wings' 5-2 win over Anaheim.
2009-02-09 - Datsyuk scored twice to lead the Red Wings to a 3-0 victory Sunday in their first visit to Pittsburgh since winning the Stanley Cup there in June.