2011 NHL Playoffs: Welcome to March Madness

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2011 NHL Playoffs: Welcome to March Madness
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While rosters continue to be adjusted, many are looking toward what may be coming in April.  Numerous teams are positioning themselves for a playoff run, while only a few are true Stanley Cup contenders. 

What is truly becoming a reality is the depth of talent up-and-down the Western Conference.  Maybe it is stability and consistency that has left the Eastern Conference lacking luster, but many can justify it to injuries.

Get ready for the beginning of the last full month of regular season hockey.  Intensity and physicality will surely be ratcheted up a few rungs in the weeks to come, but for now take a look at this week's playoff projections and games to watch this week!

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