Mc David, the youngest captain ever in the NHL, lifted the Oilers into the playoffs for the first time since they lost in the 2006 Stanley Cup Final.Edmonton has a first-round matchup with San Jose that starts Wednesday night at home.Gibson is coming off a regular season in which he set career highs with 25 wins and six shutouts.___ More AP NHL: apnews.com/tag/NHLhockey ___ Follow AP Hockey Writer Larry Lage at FILE - In this Monday, April 3, 2017, file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (34) gets a shot off during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo, N. The NHL's coaching carousel is paying off for playoff-starved franchises in Toronto, Edmonton and Columbus.Mc David, the youngest captain ever in the NHL, lifted the Oilers into the playoffs for the first time since they lost in the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals.
The 5-foot-9, 181-pound forward, who was suspended for the last two games for spearing, will lead the Bruins in their opening-round series Wednesday night at Ottawa.PATRICK KANE Chicago's superstar may have something to prove in the playoffs after being held to only one goal in a seven-game, first-round series the Blackhawks lost to St. Kane is coming off the second-highest scoring season of his career with 89 points going in Game 1 against Nashville on Thursday night at home.He had 23 points in the 2015 playoffs when he lifted Chicago to its third Stanley Cup in six seasons. It looks like the trade paid off for the Atlantic Division champions a year after they missed the playoffs.MIKAEL GRANLUND Like Marchand, the 5-10, 184-pound Minnesota center doesn't let the lack of size stop him.He had a breakout season with 69 points, surpassing his previous career high by 25.SHEA WEBER Montreal made a bold move last summer, trading P. Weber hasn't played since April 1, sitting out to give a lower-body injury time to heal, but he was on the ice with the Canadiens on Monday and appears to be ready to face the New York Rangers at home on Wednesday night.BRAD MARCHAND Marchand was one of the best players last fall when he helped the Canadians win the World Cup of Hockey.Gibson is coming off a regular season in which he set career highs with 25 wins and six shutouts. Hong, File) FILE - In this March 19, 2017, file phtoo, Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby returns to his bench after getting his third goal of the game in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, in Pittsburgh.Crosby might be playing the best hockey of his career, a scary thought for the rest of the NHL. AUSTON MATTHEWS Toronto drafted the 19-year-old center No.1 overall last summer, a year after Mc David was taken at the top of the draft, and surpassed high expectations.