THEM WACKY CANADIANS: Frothing at the mouth already has started in Canada. With five of the six Canadian teams in the playoffs, the lid is off Canadian sports pages. The flash point for the first round is the Ottawa-Toronto series, which is billed as the "Battle of Ontario IV." The teams are meeting in the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year. The Leafs have won the previous three. Screamed an Ottawa Sun headline: "Bring On The Leafs."
INVESTMENT TIME: The oddsmakers at the Hockey News have spoken, and the Lightning has the fifth-best chance to win it all. Despite being the East's fifth seed, Ottawa is given the best chance: