Complete Blueprint to Peak Before the Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Complete Blueprint to Peak Before the Stanley Cup Playoffs
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There's much more to playoff success in the NHL than having the best team.

Timing is everything, and playing your best hockey of the season going into the playoffs is just as important as having the most talent.

Several different factors determine the outcome of the first round of the playoffs, which is why the opening group of matchups often produces the most exciting hockey of the postseason.

Let's look at the blueprint for what teams need to do in order to go into the playoffs on a roll.

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