PETER FORSBERG is in the playoffs, but the Flyers are not. The Agitator that Rescued the Rangers is Broadway's latest hit. And check out the company Joe Thornton is keeping these days.
Apparently, they still do hold the postseason without the Flyers, and here are 20 things to know about the teams that are in:
1 Obviously, the Devils have the X-factor in goaltender Martin Brodeur, who turns 35 on May 6. He has carried the Devils to three Cups already. This year, he has played in an amazing 78 games and logged 4,697 minutes - both are career highs.
2Tampa Bay, Jersey's first-round opponent, will go with Johan Holmqvist in net. Holmqvist is a playoff rookie who took over late in the season after free-agent signee Marc Denis failed to hold the job.
3 The Ottawa-Pittsburgh series should be a dandy. Not only will they be trotting out two of the league's top three offenses, they just played last Thursday in a game that was very chippy.
4 Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby (84 assists, 120 points) is a leading MVP candidate, while Ottawa's Dany Heatley became the first player with consecutive 50-goal seasons since Pavel Bure (2001, 2002).
5 Nashville went 12-6-5 after acquiring Peter Forsberg from the Flyers. Forsberg played in 17 of those games, registering two goals and 13 assists. The Preds never have won a playoff series.
6 Eric Lindros (groin) hasn't played for Dallas since March 8, but could be available for the playoffs. Lindros played in 49 games this year with five goals and 21 points. He hasn't scored a goal since Nov. 20, however, and didn't travel with the team to Vancouver on Monday.
7 Quality over quantity: The Sabres posted the league's best record but were cumulatively outshot in all three periods and overtime. Unlike last year, Buffalo is taking a healthy lineup into the postseason now that Tim Connolly and Maxim Afinogenov are off the shelf.
8 "There's no question that some parts of upstate New York, and Buffalo is included in that, has had an inferiority complex for a while," said Tom Golisano, the Sabres owner since 2003. "And to have this team emerge like it has, has been very, very good for the psyche of the area."
9 Three things to know about Atlanta Thrashers captain Scott Mellanby, the active leader with 1,431 games played without a Stanley Cup ring: He broke in with the Flyers in 1985-86 and was a key member of the 1987 Cup finalists. He turns 41 on June 11. He beat Washington's Pete Peeters for his first career goal.
10 Detroit has been eliminated in the first round in two of the last three playoffs. Like this year, they were the West's No. 1 seed in 2006 before losing to Edmonton.
11 The Red Wings will have Henrik Zetterberg for tomorrow's opener. Zetterberg (back) hasn't played since Feb. 24. He had 68 points in 63 games and is a terrific defensive forward.
12Calgary went 30-9-2 at home, the second-best mark in franchise history. Only the Cup champs of 1988-89 (32-4-4) fared better. Detroit, the Flames' first-round opponent, was 29-4-8 at home. Could be a long series.
13Jaromir Jagr credits the acquisition of feisty winger Sean Avery from Los Angeles with igniting, and possibly saving the Rangers' season. New York closed with a mark of 17-6-6 after getting Avery, a rather unpopular fellow among opposing players.
14 The biggest difference between the Rangers this year and the bunch that got swept by the Devils in the opening round of 2006 is that Jagr and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist are both healthy.
15 Anaheim was a popular preseason Stanley Cup pick. The Ducks set team records for wins (48) and points (110) in claiming their first division title and the West's No. 2 seed.
16 Ducks goalie (remember, they're not the Mighty Ducks anymore) Jean-Sebastien Giguere is dealing with a medical issue involving his newborn son, Maxime. Giguere understandably hasn't disclosed the problem, saying only that it isn't life-threatening.
17Former Flyer Branko Radivojevic has spent some time centering Minnesota's top line alongside Pavol Demitra and Marian Gaborik. Wild coach Jacques Lemaire says his wings need to dump the puck in the offensive zone a little more often, rather than trying to stickhandle through the defense.
18 San Jose's Joe Thornton became just the third player to record consecutive 90-assist seasons. The other two had catchy nicknames: the Great One and Super Mario. That's heady company.
19 Sharks 20-year-old rookie Marc-Edouard Vlasic is an interesting story. Vlasic was supposed to head back to juniors after training camp, but made the team instead. He rewarded San Jose by playing an average of 22 minutes, 11 seconds and registering a respectable plus-13. He also had just 18 PIM in 81 games.