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Stanley Cup to go: Get playoff prepared with these NHL Android apps

by Kellie Bartoli

It’s that time of year again... NHL playoff time, of course. The 16-team opening round kicks off tonight, and for Android users, you never have to be far from the action.

For starters, the NHL GameCenter app gives fans news, scores, stats. If that’s not enough, the premium version for $4.99 includes highlights, radio and condensed games. For $9.99, fans can upgrade to GameCenter Live, for streaming video direct from the games.

The Hockey News is also a great source to stay updated on the race for Lord Stanley’s Cup. THN offers playoff schedules, results and scores, plus player profiles, commentary from sportswriters and exclusive looks at your favorite team.

The Cup is the Chicago Blackhawk’s to lose this season, so stay up-to-date on the defending champs with their official app. Fans may already be familiar with “Blackhawks TV” from the team’s website, and the app expands on that. The free download features exclusive content, headlines, photos, stats, player profiles, and updates from the team’s “award-winning Twitter feed.”

Washington Capitals Mobile is another free, official app. In addition to player stats, news, schedule and standings, fans can access past game information, listen to audio podcasts and get exclusive ticket offers.

Fans of the two Canadian teams in this season’s playoffs can download free apps, conveniently titled Canucks and Montreal Canadiens, for exclusive, behind-the-scenes video, breaking news, live box scores, photos and a message board.

The always-dangerous Detroit Red Wings have a fan-made app in the Marketplace for $1.49. Some features include podcast feeds, news widgets, wallpapers, an air horn and custom clocks and themes.

Each team also has its own free GameSync app. It sends score alerts to fans’ phones, gives live stats and scores and counts down to your favorite team’s next game.

Android users have plenty of options to stay in the loop during the hockey playoffs (including live game streams, something the iPhone does not support for the NHL). All that’s missing is a Stanley Cup tracker. Maybe next season…