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Tuesday, April 16, 2002
Updated: April 17, 3:35 PM ET
Stanley Cup playoffs Hot 'n' Not List

By Jim Wilkie
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If you're not ready for the toughest tournament in sports, Page 2 is here again to provide our declarations about what's hot and what's not before the Stanley Cup playoffs begin.

Whether you're picking players for your hockey pool or just searching for that clever icebreaker, then look no further than our list below. It's a long ride, so stock up on tape, bandages, chips and Molsons as 16 teams search for 16 wins between now and June.

What's Hot, What's Not: 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs
Category Hot Not
Sentimental favorite
Saku Koivu

Roger Nielson
Old Ray Ferraro Bourque
Underdog Coyotes CuJo
Red Wings' fear Young Canucks
with nothing to lose
Old legs with
everything to lose
Argument for emptying the vault
Red Wings

Argument for rebuilding with more patience and prudence

Pool pick Owen Nolan (Sharks) Peter Forsberg (Avalanche)
Pool sleeper Darcy Tucker (Leafs) Chris Drury (Avalanche)
Unstoppable force
Todd Bertuzzi
(told ya so)

Brendan Shanahan
Executive Wayne Gretzky Glen Sather
Original Six
Maple Leafs

Jose Theodore

Dominik Hasek
Playoff beard Goatee sans moustache Soul patch
The Osbournes on MTV

Chris Osgood on Long Island
Scary young club

Rivalry Canadiens-Bruins Devils-Hurricanes
Little guy Doug Gilmour (Canadiens) Cliff Ronning (Kings)
Late-season pickup Joe Nieuwendyk (Devils) Lyle Odelein (Blackhawks)
Region Canada Sun Belt
Money player
Patrick Roy

Steve Yzerman
Coach Robbie Ftorek (Bruins) Joel Quenneville (Blues)
Playoff favorite disguised as a crappy seed

High-flying series Canucks-Red Wings Flyers-Senators
Goaltending duel Patrick Roy
vs. Felix Potvin
Patrick Lalime
vs. Roman Cechmanek
Glen Murray

John LeClair
Defenseman Bryan McCabe (Leafs) Eric Desjardins (Flyers)
Arena pump-up music
The Strokes

Checker Niklas Sundstrom (Sharks) Tom Fitzgerald (Blackhawks)
Disappearing act Alexei Yashin (Islanders) Robert Reichel (Leafs)
Pest Ian Laperriere (Kings) Claude Lemieux (Coyotes)
Young gun
Patrick Marleau

Joe Thornton
Enforcer Donald Brashear (Flyers) P.J. Stock (Bruins)
Hitter Rob Blake (Avalanche) Scott Stevens (Devils)
Line Markus Naslund, Brendan Morrison and Todd Bertuzzi John LeClair, Adam Oates, Mark Recchi
Celebrity fan
Mike Myers

Kurt Russell
Camera angle Over the goal Net-cam
Conn Smythe

Martin Brodeur

Jason Allison
Swede Markus Naslund (Canucks) Magnus Arvedson (Senators)
Finn Teppo Numminen (Coyotes) Sami Kapanen (Hurricanes)
Czech Bobby Holik (Devils) Jiri Dopita (Flyers)
Cliché "We're just squeezing
our sticks too hard."
"We're not getting
the bounces."
Hockey wife/significant other
Carol Alt
(Alexei Yashin)

Anna Kournikova
(Sergei Fedorov)
Revenge matchup
we can't wait for
Robbie Ftorek vs. Devils Alexei Yashin vs. Senators
Advantage Speed Home-ice
Planets might be aligned team

Reason it will be
a fantastic playoff year
Every team has a legitimate shot to reach finals Red Wings are just too powerful
Stanley Cup
finals pick
Sharks vs. Devils Red Wings vs. Bruins

Jim Wilkie is an editor for Page 2.