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NHL's Thanksgiving playoffs rule unlikely to fit this season
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Sure, it's only November, but it's never too early to start thinking about the playoffs and see which teams are atop the division standings. ''Every single point matters,'' the Vancouver Canucks defenseman said. For more than a decade, the status of that group at Thanksgiving

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Poll: Will the Golden Knights make the playoffs?
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The Vegas Golden Knights are 8-1-0 after defeating the Colorado Avalanche 7-0 on Friday. They sit fourth in the NHL with 16 points, and first in the league with an .889 points percentage. Though there's still plenty of hockey left to be played, do you think the Golden Knights will make the playoffs in their […]

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How the NHL playoffs would be even more fun with a pick-your-opponent format
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An American minor hockey league has adopted a “pick your opponent” playoff format that’s undeniably interesting. What if the NHL stole it? Sometimes minor hockey leagues look for fresh ways to drum up attention, so the Southern Professional Hockey League announced a new twist to its postseason format

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Tavares, Islanders hope for strong start, return to playoffs
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NEW YORK ISLANDERS LAST SEASON: 41-29-12, 94 points. Fifth in Metropolitan Division. COACH: Doug Weight (second season, second NHL season). ADDED: F Jordan Eberle. LOST: F Ryan Strome, D Travis Hamonic, G Jean-Francois Berube. PLAYER TO WATCH: John Tavares

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No. 1 pick Hischier will try to get Devils back to playoffs
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Coming off their worst season in nearly 30 years, the New Jersey Devils don't expect Nico Hischier to lead them back to the playoffs after a five-year drought. Coach John Hynes wants something more from Hischier and the rest of his team, which had the worst record in the Eastern Conference last season. Hynes wants […]

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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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