1. Stanley Cup Playoffs: Are Contributions from Captains an Underrated Factor?

    When Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson deflected a last-minute equalizer en route to a dramatic 2-1 overtime win Sunday night, he capped a Stanley Cup playoff weekend dense with unexpected achievements...

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  2. 10 Biggest Takeaways from the 2013 World Hockey Championship

    There is always something to watch for when NHL personnel―whether it's the players, prospects or coaches―engage in on-ice competition of any sort...

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  3. Stanley Cup Playoffs: NHL Players with Impressive, but Underpublicized Stats

    Two otherworldly individual shutout streaks came to an end during Thursday night’s NHL playoff action...

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  4. 5-Year Projections for the Top Stars in the 2013 NHL Draft

    Seth Jones , Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin are part of one of history’s more memorable build-ups to the NHL entry draft when their respective teams face off in the Memorial Cup this weekend...

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  5. Ranking the 10 Most Overrated Players in the 2nd Round of the NHL Playoffs

    The Stanley Cup playoffs are a prime time for detecting overrated NHL players. This is generally when the game has a greater presence of casual followers who are too quick to judge based on name recognition or a small sample of performances...

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  6. 2013 NHL Draft: Why NHL Fans Do Not Want to Miss the 2013 Memorial Cup

    Is it Saturday yet? That is when each of the top three 2013 NHL draft prospects, as determined by Central Scouting , will intersect for their respective teams’ Memorial Cup opener in Canada in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan...

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  7. Most Important Lessons from Round 1 of the 2013 NHL Playoffs

    It is fitting that the Stanley Cup playoffs always coincide with final projects and exams for high school and college students. In each of those venues, toiling participants are learning and relearning in a rigorous fashion...

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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