Breaking Down the Top Playoff Races After the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline

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Breaking Down the Top Playoff Races After the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline
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The passing of the NHL trade deadline has shifted the focus of the hockey world to the playoff race, where there are many clubs fighting for division titles, home-ice advantage or just to earn a spot in the 16-team tournament.

As of April 4, there are only six teams more than four points out of a playoff spot, which means that 24 fanbases still have plenty of reasons to be excited for the final month of the 2013 season.

This year's playoff races could result in the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets all making the playoffs, which would be a refreshing change for the NHL. These three teams have two combined playoff appearances since the 2006-07 season.

Let's look at a breakdown of the top playoff races in the NHL.

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