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Rangers, Islanders rivalry heats up with playoff race
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A pair of local rivals will resume their frantic race for an Eastern Conference playoff berth Saturday afternoon, when the New York Rangers host the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Both the Rangers and Islanders are coming off their five-day "bye week" and will be playing for the first time since Sunday, when […]

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NHL Mixed Bag: Finding legitimacy among playoff contenders at season's midpoint
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Each Monday during the NHL season, Rob Mixer takes a look at the biggest storylines from the hockey week that was. We are halfway through the NHL regular season. As Jon Bon Jovi would say, some teams are living on a prayer while others are heading into 2018 feeling quite content with their position.

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The Buzzer: Bergeron’s big night, Sens win again, Avalanche in a playoff spot
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Players of the Night:  Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins: Bergeron came into Saturday three points shy of 700 for his NHL career. He reached that mark in the first period, scoring twice and adding an assist as the Bruins put up five against the Carolina

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Avs leap into playoff spot after 5th straight win
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After spending the entire 2016-17 season at the bottom of the standings, the Colorado Avalanche currently find themselves on the right side of the playoff cutline. The Avs pounded the Minnesota Wild 7-2 on Saturday night for their fifth straight victory, and in doing so, moved into the second wildcard spot in the West with […]

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Nathan MacKinnon’s resurgence has Avalanche in surprising fight for playoff spot
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Back in 2013-14 the Colorado Avalanche came out of nowhere to win 52 games and, somewhat shockingly, make the Stanley Cup playoffs. It came just one year after they finished with the second-worst record in the league and with a first-year coach (Patrick Roy) behind the bench.

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How the Avalanche have risen from rock bottom to playoff contention
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Don’t look now, but the Colorado Avalanche are just three points back of the Anaheim Ducks for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with two games in hand. What a difference a year makes. Just one season removed from being the NHL's laughing stock, finishing with the lowest point percentage in the shootout […]

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PHT Morning Skate: Underrated Barrie; Oilers’ playoff chances
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• Michael Leighton was traded to the Penguins earlier this week, but he’ll spend most of his team with their farm team in Wiles-Barre/Scranton. • The Bruins are starting to look like one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. • Canadiens forward Daniel Carr is skating on his team’s fourth line, but he […]

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Flyers keep rolling, continue climb toward playoff position
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Just a couple of weeks ago the Philadelphia Flyers looked like a team that was going nowhere fast. On Wednesday, they topped the Detroit Red Wings by a 4-3 margin to win for the seventh time in their past eight games and moved to within two points of a Wild Card spot in the Eastern […]

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NHL Power Rankings: Top-slotted Predators returning to playoff form
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theScore’s NHL Power Rankings are published every other Monday. Our sixth installment is put together by editors Craig Hagerman, Cory Wilkins, and Sean O’Leary. 1. Nashville Predators (21-7-4) ▲ Previously 3rd The Predators are looking like the same club that made a dazzling march to the Cup Final last season. The offense is thriving and […]

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The NHL's current playoff format is bad, but here's how to fix it
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There's no professional sports league in America that does their standings the way the NHL does. The NBA, NFL, and MLB all categorize their standings by a team's win-loss total, the easiest way to identify which teams are good and which are bad. By comparison, the NHL assigns point values to

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Poll: With Price back and healthy, are the Canadiens a playoff team?
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With five wins in seven days, the Montreal Canadiens are the hottest team in the NHL. And a big reason for that has been the return of all-world netminder Carey Price. While we give the fans in the La Belle Province a minute to contain their excitement, here's an opportunity to weigh in on one […]

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Price helps Canadiens climb into playoff spot with 4th straight win
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The postseason doesn’t start for a very long time, but the Montreal Canadiens are temporarily, and somewhat improbably, in a playoff spot. Carey Price continued his strong play since recovering from injury, making 28 saves on 31 shots to lift the Canadiens to a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. Montreal […]

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