The Top Storylines to Follow in Final Days of the 2013-14 NHL Season

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The Top Storylines to Follow in Final Days of the 2013-14 NHL Season
David Zalubowski

As the 2013-14 NHL regular season enters its final weekend, it's a good time to take stock of the season and start looking toward the playoffs.

The individual statistical races are locked up. Sidney Crosby has a 16-point lead over Ryan Getzlaf for the NHL scoring title and will be the only player to break 100 points this year, while Alex Ovechkin has already hit 50 goals and will take home his fourth Maurice Richard Trophy at the NHL Awards in June.

Looking at the playoff race, 15 teams have clinched their postseason berths, and the Dallas Stars have a chance to round out the pack on Friday.

Still, there are plenty of questions marks surrounding the end of the season. Teams continue to fight for playoff positioning in both conferences, and we'll soon find out which teams have done the best job of preparing for the postseason.

Among the non-playoff teams, winds of change have started to blow with new front-office hirings recently being announced. Speculation runs rampant about which coaches and managers will be set free in the coming weeks and months.

Here's a look at the top NHL storylines that you should be following as the regular season winds to a close.

 

All stats current through Thursday, April 10, courtesy of NHL.com.

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