PITTSBURGH'S KEY PLAYER: Marc-Andre Fleury. The goaltender gave up 18 goals against Columbus, which scored three goals three times and four goals twice in the series. If Fleury does not fare better against the Rangers, he will likely be blamed in Pittsburgh for getting outplayed by New York's Henrik Lundqvist. He has not helped the Penguins win a game beyond the second round since helping them win the 2009 Stanley Cup.
NEW YORK'S KEY PLAYER: Brad Richards. The center scored twice and had four assists in the opening round against the Flyers after averaging a career-low .62 points per game during the regular season. If Richards can keep producing, he'll give the Rangers a shot at advancing to the conference finals as he did two years ago with a team-high 15 points in the postseason.
GAME 1: Friday at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
PREDICTION: Rangers in 6.
ANAHEIM vs. LOS ANGELES
FIRST ROUND: Ducks beat Dallas in six games. Kings beat San Jose in seven games.
SEASON SERIES: Anaheim won 4-1.
STORY LINE: Los Angeles is the fourth NHL team — and only the second in nearly four decades — to come back from an 0-3 deficit to win a best-of-seven series. Two years ago, the Kings became the league's first No. 8 seeded team to win a Stanley Cup. Anaheim, meanwhile, may be rusty early in the series because it hasn't played since Sunday. The Ducks lead the conference in points during the regular season and are determined to make a run after losing the Western Conference finals last year.
ANAHEIM'S KEY PLAYER: Teemu Selanne. The 43-year-old Finnish Flash may benefit from the long break between series. Selanne also has plenty of motivation to do whatever it takes to win on and off the ice in what is expected to be his last year. He became the second oldest player to record a multi-assist game in the playoffs in Game 6 against the Stars.