For the team

There aren’t many NHL teams with official Android apps, but the Chicago Blackhawks is one. With the free Android app, you’ll get team news, exclusive content, video recaps, photo galleries and schedule information. The team’s Twitter stream is also pulled through their app, so you won’t miss the entertainment on or off the ice.

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 an official app in the Marketplace for free. Some features include podcast feeds, news widgets, wallpapers, an air horn and custom clocks and themes.

Games and aggregators

NHL Hockey News (free) brings the latest in league news, including player updates, trades, and scores. Pulling from a number of resources, this aggregator makes it easy to stay updated in real-time. Set your favorite team for quick access on the home page, and bookmark stories for later. Customize sports channels to follow your teams, and share items with friends.

theScore: Sports Scores & News is an aggregator of multiple news sources, bringing you the headline feeds from ESPN, NBC and a number of sports blogs. You can get your hockey news on this app, along with many other sports. Add various feeds to your favorites, filter by blogs, scores and websites, and share articles with friends. This app is free.

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

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…