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NHL scoring remains stagnant despite league efforts
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Capitals are not running from Stanley Cup expectations (Yahoo Sports)
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Once again, the Washington Capitals are atop the NHL as the best regular-season team. Once again, the pressure’s on them as the favorite to win the Stanley Cup and prove this year won’t bring another early playoff exit. Expectations have never been higher for Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals, six years after their first Presidents’ […]

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Penguins looking to exorcise playoff demons against Rangers (Yahoo Sports)
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Marc Staal noticed the gaudy record, the highlight reel goals, the unrelenting speed and can’t help but be impressed with the way the Pittsburgh Penguins have ripped through the NHL over the last three months. ”They’ve been playing really well, as much as the regular season matters,” Staal said. One the Rangers have proven adept […]

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Blackhawks-Blues Preview (Yahoo Sports)
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Apparently, Ken Hitchcock is talked out about the Chicago Blackhawks. The St. Louis Blues coach cut his news conference short Tuesday a day ahead of the team’s first-round playoff matchup against the team that has won three Stanley Cups the last six seasons, including last year. ”So, let’s play,” Hitchcock said, adding ”thanks” as he […]

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Pending free agent Cam Ward wants to remain with Hurricanes
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Veteran goaltender Cam Ward is heading to unrestricted free agency this summer but the 32-year-old is hopeful he can remain with the Carolina Hurricanes – with whom he has spent the first 11 years of his NHL career. “I want to stay because I want to stay, but also because I believe in the group […]

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Kings GM touts Doughty for Norris: Defense not a 'highlight-film position'
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Dean Lombardi says Drew Doughty‘s lack of flair shouldn’t prevent him from winning the Norris Trophy. The Los Angeles Kings general manager made the case Tuesday when asked why his franchise defenseman deserves the award, which is handed out annually to the NHL’s top blue-liner. "Not even close. All you've got to do is stay […]

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3 Canadians under 25 to watch in the playoffs
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Canadian teams may have been shut out of the NHL postseason, but there is still a plethora of young Canadian talent looking to steal the spotlight as they chase a Stanley Cup, with the eyes of the entire hockey world upon them. Here’s a trio of young Canucks – under 25 – worth watching this […]

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1st-round preview: Surging Ducks take on hungry Predators
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Midway through the NHL season, it didn't appear as though the Anaheim Ducks, nor the Nashville Predators, would reach the postseason. Thanks to drastic second-half turnarounds for both teams, though, the Ducks and Predators are set to square off in the opening round. Nashville won the season series 2-1, but the clubs haven't met since […]

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NHL Playoffs Predictions 2016: Picks & Preview For Atlantic Division Bracket In Eastern Conference [POLL, PHOTOS & VIDEOS]
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The Stanley Cup playoffs are set to being on Wednesday and in the Atlantic Division bracket, the top-seeded Panthers will hold home ice over the Wild Card-winning Islanders, while the No. 2 Lightning do the same over the No. 3 Red Wings. Here are our breakdown and predictions.

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NHL Playoffs 2016 Bracket Predictions: Picks & Preview For Metropolitan Division In Eastern Conference [POLL, PHOTOS & VIDEOS]
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The Metopolitan Division bracket boasts two great Round 1 matchups as the top-seeded Capitals play the Wild Card-winning Flyers and the No. 2 Penguins hold home ice over the No. 3 Rangers. Here are our predictions and a breakdown for each series.

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High-profile injuries around NHL muddle playoff landscape
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WASHINGTON (AP) The defending Eastern Conference Tampa Bay Lightning are a lot more uneasy going into the playoffs than they were a year ago. Not having Steven Stamkos and Anton Stralman can do that.

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Ailing Wild need more goals than they've been getting
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Dallas Stars have a high-octane offense that no team in the NHL this season could match.

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