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Playoff Fever

CowbellI've got a fever, and the only prescription is more playoff games.

Seriously, it's Friday afternoon and there are no games on. What is up wit dat? So far, some of the games have been dogs but most of the action has been pretty good I think. Going into Game 2s, lots of story lines. Can the Pens bounce back after getting dogged by the Sens? Can the Stars put away their 4 OT loss to the Luongos? Could Calgary be as bad as they looked last night (I hope not, I picked them to win that series!)

-- Good news for the suddenly white hot Islanders: Rick DiPietro has been cleared to play. That said, think you stick with Dubie. Backup Wade Dubielewicz has been great for them. You don't mess with a hot goalie in the playoffs, especially when dude won four straight at the end of the season to get you into the postseason. If he slips up, yeah, bring in the money man. But until then, Ted Nolan should let DiPietro get some more rest and see what happens.

-- The Rangers got their first postseason win since 1997 when they beat Atlanta. Sound familiar Florida fans? The Panthers last postseason win came in 1997, and it came against the Rangers.