Daily Cupcakes - News from Around the NHL - March 23rd, 2012

Mar 14, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) celebrates a goal during the second period against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

Want to ask Colorado Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog a question? He'll be on CBC's After Hours Saturday.

Scott Oake and co-host Daryl Reaugh go one-on-one Saturday after Game 2 of Hockey Night In Canada with Calder Trophy candidate Gabriel Landeskog.

Submit your questions to the young Colorado Avalanche forward and get interactive with After Hours. There are six ways to send your questions to Gabriel and connect with us.

The OHL playoffs have begun!

The London Knights are the team everyone wants to beat.

The Sarnia Sting are the team everyone wants to watch.

And the Niagara Ice Dogs and Plymouth Whalers are the teams no one wants to meet.

Welcome to the 2012 OHL playoffs, which open in three rinks on Thursday night and another five on Friday. They feature 16 teams battling for nearly two months for the J. Ross Robertson Cup and a ticket as Ontario’s hope at the Memorial Cup beginning May 18 in Shawinigan, Que.

"This is as wide open as we’ve seen it in the last half dozen years," said Sam Cosentino, the CHL analyst for Friday Night Hockey on Sportsnet.

If you are in Montreal and want to meet Gordie Howe, here is your chance.

It’s been a while since hockey icon Gordie Howe, who turns 84 on March 31, has been in Montreal to casually mingle with fans.

But the Detroit Red Wings legend returns Saturday for a one-hour autograph signing at Centre Pierre Charbonneau, headlining the two-day 14th edition of the Sport & Toy Collectibles show.

Howe was last in Montreal for the Canadiens’ Dec. 4, 2009 Centennial Game, receiving a standing ovation from Bell Centre fans when he walked to centre ice to introduce his great friend and Canadiens rival Jean Béliveau.

A Calder Trophy preview. With a video introducing the Rookies.

The voting for the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year should be a close one this season.

Through March 21, Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche was the leading rookie scorer with 21-26-47 totals to go along with a plus-20. New Jersey’s Adam Henrique was second at 15-31-46 and plus-7, followed by Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins at 18-27-45 and minus-2.

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