Breaking Down the NHL Playoff Bubble and Who's a Real Contender

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Breaking Down the NHL Playoff Bubble and Who's a Real Contender
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The Minnesota Wild are among many teams chasing playoff berths.

With about a third of this shortened NHL season already in the books, the playoff picture is beginning to sort itself out. The top teams are separating themselves somewhat, and the bottom squads are firmly established.

In the middle, though, there is a lot of room for movers and shakers. Teams off to good starts can cool off quickly, while others can rebound from slower starts. Injuries can also take their toll, robbing teams of key assets down the stretch.

Here, we'll examine the teams sitting at or around the playoff cutoff (the sixth through 10th seeds in each conference) to determine, based on what's happened so far, who will still be playing come May and who will be watching the playoffs on television.

 

Note: Standings reflect games played up to and including Feb. 19th.

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