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Lightning's Johnson: Missing playoffs 'something I'd rather never do again'
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Tyler Johnson is not a fan of missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs. For the first time since 2013, and for the the first time since he made a permanent jump to the NHL, his Tampa Bay Lightning failed to qualify for the postseason, and Johnson isn’t keen on missing out on future quests for the […]

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Datsyuk believes ‘recharge started’ after Red Wings miss playoffs
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The Red Wings’ streak of playoff appearances came to an end this spring. The Red Wings had gone from a Stanley Cup contender — with a championship and back-to-back appearances in the final in 2008 and 2009 — to a team on the decline. Sure, the streak endured a little longer, but the Red Wings […]

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These 4 NHL goalie upgrades could take their teams to the playoffs
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One of the most challenging aspects of putting together a winning NHL team in any given year is goaltending. Poor goaltending sinks the hopes of otherwise solid teams every year, and it’ll happen again during the upcoming season. There are only a select few goalies in the league capable of posting

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3 teams that won't make it back to the playoffs in 2018
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The Stanley Cup: beautiful, majestic, and notoriously hard to win. Even qualifying for the playoffs in today's fast-paced NHL continues to get more difficult with each passing year, leading to a growing trend of teams making the postseason one year, only to miss out the very next one – to wit: seven teams that qualified […]

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3 teams that will be back in the playoffs this season
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More than one team that missed out on the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs should find its way back into the dance in 2018. This past spring's postseason featured the usual crop of powerhouses, but a few talented clubs were surprisingly absent. One went deep into the spring two years in a row before suffering a […]

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What if … LA Kings missed 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs? (NHL Alternate History)
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Note: It’s the NHL Alternate History project! We’ve asked fans and bloggers from 31 teams to pick one turning point in their franchise’s history and ask ‘what if things had gone differently?’ Trades, hirings, firings, wins, losses, injuries … all of it. How would one different outcome change the course of history for an NHL team? On […]

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Poll: Will the Flyers make the playoffs?
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The Philadelphia Flyers missed the playoffs by seven points last season, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that their future looks bright. If Patrick could stay healthy, he could provide the Flyers with a nice offensive boost next season. Philadelphia can use all the help they can get up front, as they ranked […]

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Poll: Will the Blue Jackets get past the first round of the playoffs?
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have made the playoffs three times in their franchise’s history, but they’ve never been able to make it out of the first round. In 2009, when they were still in the Western Conference, the Blue Jackets were swept by the Detroit Red Wings. During the 2014 postseason, they were tied 2-2 […]

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Why the Winnipeg Jets could go from the lottery to the playoffs next season
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Tons of young talent up front and improved goaltending should push Winnipeg into the postseason mix. It’s been a long time since the Winnipeg Jets made noise in an NHL postseason. The original Jets last made the playoffs in 1993 before their relocation to Arizona.

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Poll: Did the Jets do enough this summer to make the playoffs?
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Since relocating to Winnipeg for the 2011-12 season the Jets have qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs just one time. It is still looking for its first ever playoff win, making it the only active franchise in the NHL (minus the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, who have yet to play a game) that has never […]

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Poll: Will the Lightning make the playoffs next season?
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This post is part of Lightning Day on PHT…… The Tampa Bay Lightning missing the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs was one of the more shocking things that happened last season. Coming into the year, most people expected them to be in the hunt for the Stanley

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The Hockey News has the Rangers in the Wild Card for the playoffs
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The Hockey News has released their 2017-18 yearbook and has the Rangers finishing in fourth place in the Metro Division and, again, taking the first Wild Card spot. Last year The Hockey News had the Rangers missing the playoffs. They have Tampa Bay finishing as the overall number one seed in the East and hosting […]

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