1. Boston Bruins: Game 5 of the Toronto Series Will Be a Test of Their Growth

    For Friday night’s Game 5 of the 2013 Eastern Conference quarterfinals, the Boston Bruins will presumably dress five holdovers from the last game of their 2008 playoff run under then-first-year head coach Claude Julien ...

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  2. Ranking the 10 Strangest Moments in NHL Playoff History

    Spring weather and spring fever―or, rather, Stanley Cup fever―each have an overwhelming track record of percolating peculiar events around the NHL playoffs...

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  3. NHL Players Who Desperately Need a Fresh Start with a New Team

    There are two NHL goaltenders that have swung and missed on multiple bids to neutralize the notion that they are better off serving a less fervent hockey market than the one they currently play in...

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  4. Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild Setting Tone for New Divisional Rivalry

    The Minnesota Wild are at that stage where they're still on the rise to championship contention and have nothing to lose in the current Stanley Cup playoffs...

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  5. Ranking the 5 Biggest Early Surprises in the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

    During Sunday’s brief, inactive interlude between the end of Game 3 of Chicago vs. Minnesota and the start of Game 3 of Montreal vs. Ottawa, the top echelon of the NHL ’s playoff scoring leaderboard was permeated with prime suspects...

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  6. Phil Kessel: Has The Maple Leaf Forward Exorcised His Boston Bruins Demons?

    Within the opening minute of Saturday’s third period at TD Garden, Phil Kessel caught a break, turned it into a breakaway and let it complete its course en route to a breakthrough...

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  7. Pittsburgh Penguins: 3 Questions Stemming from Their Game 2 Collapse

    What happened? OK, that’s a simple, borderline, shallow question to pose in response to the Pittsburgh Penguins blowing a 3-1 lead en route to a 4-3 setback in Game 2 of their first-round series with the New York Islanders ...

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  8. The Biggest Worry of Each NHL Playoff Team as Series Switch Locations

    By the conclusion of Friday night’s Stanley Cup playoff action, six out of the eight first-round series will have completed two games and be ready to shuffle to the lower seed’s home arena...

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  9. 6 Best Washington Capitals-New York Rangers Games in NHL Playoff History

    Thursday night’s faceoff at the Verizon Center between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals will commence the 42nd all-time playoff game and the eighth series between these two franchises...

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  10. Minnesota Wild: Can Their Rookies Build On Their Game 1 Performances?

    The PSATs , otherwise known as the NHL ’s regular-season games, are over for the three freshmen on the Minnesota Wild ’s active roster...

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  11. 5 Players Who Will Spend the Most Time in the Penalty Box During NHL Playoffs

    The best-case officiating scenario in the Stanley Cup playoffs has the referees reserving their whistles strictly for egregious infractions that threaten a player’s safety or draws an unfair advantage for the offending team...

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  12. Kings-Blues or Rangers-Caps: Which NHL Playoff Rematch Is More Compelling?

    As part of Tuesday night’s commencement of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, the defending champion Los Angeles Kings will again face one of their 2012 victims, the St. Louis Blues...

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  13. 1 Stanley Cup-Less Player from Each NHL Playoff Team We'd Love to See Win

    Unless, perhaps, you were a fan of one of the opponents along the way, it was hard not to feel good for Ray Bourque in 2001, Dave Andreychuk in 2004 and Rod Brind ’Amour in 2006...

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  14. Preview and Prediction for the Anaheim Ducks-Detroit Red Wings Playoff Matchup

    The Anaheim Ducks have been locked into second place in the NHL’s Western Conference since blanking the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 on Monday...

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  15. With AHL Aeros Leaving, Should the NHL Consider Adding a Team in Houston?

    Friday night will mark the beginning of a bittersweet end for hockey fans in Houston when their Aeros host the Grand Rapids Griffins in the first game of their 2013 Calder Cup playoff run...

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  16. NY Islanders' Playoff Push Has Brought out the Best in Kyle Okposo

    John Tavares , the face of the New York Islanders , fittingly put the final touch on his team’s own role in sealing its first Stanley Cup playoff passport since 2007...

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  17. Are The Vancouver Canucks The Most Promising NHL Playoff Dark Horse?

    The Vancouver Canucks cemented third place in the Western Conference by sealing the Northwest Division championship with a 3-1 triumph over the top-dog Chicago Blackhawks Monday night...

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  18. NHL Western Conference Prospects to Watch in the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs

    Six of the NHL teams who will still be in the Western Conference after realignment will have a farm team in the first round of the 2013 American Hockey League playoffs starting this weekend...

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  19. 15 NHL Eastern Conference Prospects to Watch in the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs

    The American Hockey League, the NHL ’s primary development circuit, completed its regular season on Sunday and is set to commence the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs this coming weekend...

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  20. Updated Look at the Race for Bottom NHL Playoff Spots in Each Conference

    Look no further than the Southeast Division for confirmation that the NHL is in pseudo-playoff mode this week ...

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  21. Ranking the 20 Best NHL Players Age 23 or Younger

    The Edmonton Oilers’ recent firing of general manager Steve Tambellini does not mean they are set back for another handful of years...

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  22. 2013 NHL Draft: How Some Draft Prospects Are Performing in the CHL Playoffs

    This Thursday and Friday will mark the beginning of the conference finals in the Western , Ontario and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs...

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  23. The Most Painful Injuries in the 2013 NHL Season (With Video)

    Kevlar socks have become a new upper-echelon discussion topic in the NHL this season. Extraordinarily, the use of visors remains a debate, too, no matter how many times a vulnerable set of eyes endures the worst ...

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  24. 2 Recent NHL Games Reiterate That the OT/Shootout Points System Is Correct

    Two sets of NHL teams hovering around the playoff qualification borderline , one pair per conference, refused to make each other’s lives any easier over the weekend...

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  25. 6 Rookies Who Can Have a Major Impact on the 2013 NHL Playoffs

    The NHL playoffs, complete with broadened national media coverage and spiked fan interest, have hardly ever failed to introduce the league’s collective fanbase to a couple of new faces...

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