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Despite trending in different directions, Caps and Penguins given same Stanley Cup odds
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Sitting in first place in the Metropolitan Division at the start of the new year, the Capitals saw their Stanley Cup odds improve, but not as much as you may think.After going 10-2-2 in December, the sports betting site Bovada gives Washington 18/1 odds

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Blackhawks finish road trip on high note
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Heading into the six-game road trip the Blackhawks completed on Wednesday, the team was on a five-game winning streak and appeared to be surging back into a playoff spot. Then the first three games of the roadie were all losses and the Blackhawks' inconsistency this season showed once again. The Blackhawks finished the road trip […]

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Pens-Flyers hope rivalry leads to consistency
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Coming into the 2017-18 season, many figured the Philadelphia Flyers would spend most of their time on the Eastern Conference playoff bubble. Few thought the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins would as well. Entering the teams' Tuesday night showdown in Philadelphia, just one point separates the Penguins (19-18-3) from the Flyers (16-14-8), and […]

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Penguins score 4 in 2nd period to top Flyers 5-1
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Ryan Reaves can be quick to drop his gloves and start a timely fight to spark his team. With his gloves on, Reaves instead found another way to lift Pittsburgh with an opportune goal. Reaves had a rare goal and an assist, and the Penguins scored four times in the second period to beat the […]

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Flyers' rivalry turns to rout in the blink of an eye
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Tuesday's night's 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins was all the proof you needed as the Flyers had a prime opportunity to pass up their cross-state rival in the wild-card standings, only to watch it come crashing down in a span of two minutes and 17 seconds when the Pens scored three unanswered goals (see […]

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PHT Morning Skate: Winter Classic Edition
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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com. • The New York Rangers face a treacherous path following their win at the Winter Classic. (NBC Pro

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Ovechkin makes more history at Hurricanes’ expense
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Look, there’s no denying that Alex Ovechkin scores a lot of goals from “his office,” aka the left faceoff circle, particularly during power plays. If Jaccob Slavin and the Carolina Hurricanes didn’t understand that already, Tuesday slammed that point home … well, like an Ovechkin wrister. Ovechkin really did it all on the 5-4 overtime-winner, […]

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More Penguins injuries pile up vs. Flyers, including Jarry
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As of this writing, the Pittsburgh Penguins are in a strong position to get a much-needed win against the Philadelphia Flyers, what with their 4-1 lead. It seems like Matt Murray‘s barely been available for the Penguins from injury issues, and now Tristan Jarry is a concern.

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Penguins get (costly?) win against flat Flyers
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Depending upon how medical updates go, Tuesday could have been a rough game for both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. Without knowing how cloudy or sunny injury news ends up being, the game itself went the Penguins’ way, in a big way. Riding a frenetic second period, the Penguins pummeled their cross-state rivals, beating […]

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Bruins score 3 in third, pull away to beat Islanders 5-1
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Patrice Bergeron had the go-ahead goal in the second period and the surging Boston Bruins scored three times in the third to pull away for a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. Danton Heinen, Brad Marchand, Tim Schaller and Noel Acciari also scored for the Bruins, who are 7-0-2 in their last nine games. Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots. […]

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3 reasons the Caps beat the Hurricanes
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It looked like the Caps were about to give away Tuesday's game, but instead the Caps rallied behind Alex Ovechkin's two goals for the 5-4 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Here is how the Caps won. With the Caps trailing by one, Ovechkin skated after the puck in the offensive zone as Carolina defenseman […]

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Whose blunder was worse: Capitals’ Carlson or Bruins’ Carlo?
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Let’s assume that defensemen John Carlson (Washington Capitals) and Brandon Carlo (Boston Bruins) didn’t resolve to land on more blooper reels in 2018. Either way, these two prominent defensemen suffered from some groan-worthy gaffes early on Tuesday

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