NHL Playoff Predictions: Who Is Up and Who Is Down in The Playoff Race?

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NHL Playoff Predictions: Who Is Up and Who Is Down in The Playoff Race?
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With the All-Star break out of the way it is now time for the playoff push. Most teams now have less than 30 games left in the season.

The NHL trade deadline is less than a month away, usually teams are actively looking to make deals. An unusually close playoff race this year means that the trade deadline may pass quietly compared to past years. While there are teams looking to improve, the issue is finding a trade partner.

Currently the West has 11 teams within 10 points. Unless somebody really falls apart and quickly it will be rough to find trade partners within that bunch. 

The East is not as close but there are still plenty of teams fighting not only for a spot, but also for playoff positioning.

Which teams will make it, which ones have a chance and who should already be making tee times.

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