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Flyers GM made Mrazek trade to reward players, make playoffs
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Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall pulled the trigger on a necessary trade Monday night. Related: Red Wings trade Mrazek to Flyers for conditional draft picks With both Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth expected to be out weeks, Hextall did what he could to help aid his club, which currently sits third in the Metropolitan […]

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Adam Henrique leading Ducks’ charge towards playoffs
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If the Anaheim Ducks brought back the Flying V, Adam Henrique would be spearheading it at the moment. This isn’t the early 90s, however, so leading the Ducks’ charge as they plot their assault on a playoff spot will have to do. Indeed, Henrique has been an integral part of the late-blooming Ducks team that […]

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NHL All-Star Game 2018: Gary Bettman on Olympics, goalie interference, expanding playoffs
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TAMPA — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman gave his All-Star state of the game message Saturday night before the skills competition.  Among the highlights: On whether NHL players will eventually return to Olympics “We find — the clubs find, the owners find — the Olympics are very disruptive on our season.

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Who has better shot at playoffs: Penguins or Rangers?
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Yes, it’s just one game, but the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins both likely realize that these Metropolitan Division matchups are that much more important. Update: The Penguins beat the Rangers 5-2, so now Pittsburgh has 51 standings points in 46 games played while the Rangers have 49 points in 44 games. At the […]

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Oilers missing playoffs would be spectacular failure
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The Edmonton Oilers have had a lot of bad seasons over the past 12 years, but this one has to be the most frustrating, most disappointing, and quite frankly, the biggest failure out of them all. Entering 2017-18 as one of the top favorites to win the Stanley Cup, it’s probably not too soon to […]

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PHT Morning Skate: Maple Leafs outside of NHL’s elite, playoffs in Denver?
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Thursday's collection of links.

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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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