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What's hot, what's not
for NHL playoffs

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As the toughest, most grueling championship tournament in sports opens Wednesday night, Page 2 decided to put the Stanley Cup playoffs to the test. We've got a pretty good idea what to expect in the next two months of playoff hockey.

So, here's our take on what's hot and what's not as the Stanley Cup playoffs begin:

Page 2's Hot 'n' Not list for the Stanley Cup playoffs
Category   Hot   Not
Dog   Curtis JosephCuJo   Phoenix CoyotesCoyotes
Cat   Felix PotvinFelix Potvin   Florida PanthersPanthers
Decoy to hide more serious injuries   Hoof and mouth disease   Groin injury
Pool pick   Milan Hejduk   Keith Tkachuk
Pool sleeper   Scott Thornton   Scott Gomez
Holdout   Michael Peca   Eric Lindros
Original Six   Detroit Red WingsRed Wings   Toronto Maple LeafsMaple Leafs
Late-season pickup   Mike Sillinger   Rob Blake
Between-periods player interview cliché   "We just need to be patient, keep playing our own game."   "We need to take it one shift at a time."
Capital   OttawaOttawa   Dainius ZubrusDainius Zubrus
Arena pump-up song   Anything Metallica   "Who Let the Dogs Out"
Celebrity fan   Ed NortonEd Norton   Tim RobbinsTim Robbins
Pest   Mike Ricci   Darcy Tucker
Superstition   Skipping merrily over blue lines and red line   Lucky blazer
Money sniper   Patrik EliasPatrik Elias   Pavol DemitrasPavol Demitra
Grinder   Martin Lapointe   Darren Langdon
Enforcer   Georges Laraque   Chris Simon
Redemption story   Alexei Yashin   Roman Turek
Defensive force   Scott Stevens   Chris Chelios
Sentimental favorite   Ray BourqueRay Bourque   Mario LemieuxMario Lemieux
Tradition   Blues' early exit   Octupus on Detroit ice
Badge of honor   Stitches   Concussion
Cagey GM   Lou Lamoriello   Pat Quinn
Referee taunt   "It took two of you to miss that call?"   "Have another doughnut, you fat pig."
Czech   Roman Cechmanek   Dominik Hasek
Newfie   Natasha HenstridgeNatasha Henstridge   Harold DrukenHarold Druken
Playoff beard   Full-on Grizzly Adams look   Soul patch
Dumb-fan interaction   Penalty-box diving   Glass banging
Overrated advantage   Home ice   Veteran leadership
Scary young team   Edmonton OilersOilers   Vancouver CanucksCanucks
Tactic   Left-wing lock   Neutral-zone trap
Penalty   Unsportsmanlike conduct, diving   Instigator
Hair   Mullet (makin' a comeback?)   Mullet (nah!)
Athlete-as-owner   Michael Jordan   Wayne Gretzky
Between-periods entertainment   Just bring out the damn Zambonis, and let's play the games.   Shinny in inflatable sumo wrestling suits
Target market   NASCAR country   Great White North (NHL policy, not ours)
Goalie mask design   Patrick LalimePatrick Lalime's Marvin the Martian   Olaf KolzigOlie the goalie's Kolzilla
Country of origin   Kazakhstan   Latvia

Jim Wilkie is an editor for Page 2.

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