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Top five best-case-scenario first-round NHL playoff matchups

Top five best-case-scenario first-round NHL playoff matchups

thehockeynews.com Updated 14 minutes ago
With the end of the NHL’s regular-season approximately two weeks away, attention has settled on the possible first-round playoff showdowns. Many, if not most of the specific post-season berths won’t be finalized until closer to the final games on Apr. 1…
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  • Mike Smith big part of Coyotes future with or without McDavid o…

    Mike Smith big part of Coyotes future with or without McDavid or Eichel

    thehockeynews.com 16 hours ago
    BUFFALO – In a little more than 60 minutes, the 30th-place Buffalo Sabres and 29th-place Arizona Coyotes had a total of 124 shot attempts. That was three more than the Islanders and the Kings, 20 more than Carolina and Pittsburgh and 33 more than Nashvi…
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  • Kopitar's late goal lifts Kings to 3rd straight win on road tri…

    Kopitar's late goal lifts Kings to 3rd straight win on road trip, 3-2 over Islanders

    NHL.com 17 hours ago
    UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Anze Kopitar scored with 4:23 left, defenceman Alec Martinez had two assists, and the Los Angeles Kings won their third straight on their road trip by beating the slumping New York Islanders 3-2 on Thursday night. Kopitar, w...
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  • Wild-card primer: who makes it and who misses in the East and W…

    Wild-card primer: who makes it and who misses in the East and West?

    thehockeynews.com 23 hours ago
    When the NHL changed the playoff format to include wild-card teams last season, it’s unlikely even they could have imagined a scenario in which the races for the final playoff berths in each conference would be this tight. With less than 10 games remain…
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  • CHL playoffs: The most intriguing first-round matchups

    CHL playoffs: The most intriguing first-round matchups

    thehockeynews.com Mar 26 (yesterday)
    The CHL playoffs begin tonight and it’s going to be a lot of fun. Connor McDavid has one last chance to win it all with the Erie Otters in the Ontario League, but the powerfully-built Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds have designs of their own. Out in the Wes…
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  • Deryk Engelland delivers potentially crucial point to Flames

    Deryk Engelland delivers potentially crucial point to Flames

    yahoo.com Mar 26 (yesterday)
    The Dallas Stars were going to be the spoiler for the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night. The Stars had a 2-0 lead, blew it to the Calgary Flames, went up 3-2 late in the second period and then … let Deryk Engelland tie the game in the final 10 minute…
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  • Top five goalies to be absolutely petrified of in the NHL playo…

    Top five goalies to be absolutely petrified of in the NHL playoffs

    thehockeynews.com Mar 25 (2 days ago)
    One of the things that keeps NHL GMs awake at night is the prospect of facing a white-hot goaltender in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Your team could be a President’s Trophy winner, but if you follow up regular-season domination with a showdown against a ne…
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  • Why bother winning a lot of games in the Western Conference?

    Why bother winning a lot of games in the Western Conference?

    thehockeynews.com Mar 25 (2 days ago)
    St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong has done a lot of roster building over the past few years and if the franchise is going to win its first-ever Stanley Cup, the window is open. Of course, the Blues could also get knocked out in the first round again and…
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  • Tuesday's NHL Capsules

    Tuesday's NHL Capsules

    NHL.com Mar 25 (3 days ago)
    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Marian Gaborik snapped a second-period tie, and Jonathan Quick shook off an opening-minute goal to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night in a rematch of last year's Stanley Cup Fi...
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  • Quick, Kings top Rangers in Cup rematch

    Quick, Kings top Rangers in Cup rematch

    ESPN.com Mar 24 (3 days ago)
    Marian Gaborik snapped a second-period tie, and Jonathan Quick shook off an opening-minute goal to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night in a rematch of last year's Stanley Cup finals.
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  • Quick shakes off early goal, lifts Kings to 4-2 win over Ranger…

    Quick shakes off early goal, lifts Kings to 4-2 win over Rangers in Stanley Cup rematch

    NHL.com Mar 24 (3 days ago)
    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Marian Gaborik snapped a second-period tie, and Jonathan Quick shook off an opening-minute goal to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night in a rematch of last year's Stanley Cup Fi...
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  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: Everyone wins in the West (except Avs,…

    NHL Playoff Death Watch: Everyone wins in the West (except Avs, Sharks)

    yahoo.com Mar 24 (3 days ago)
    Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation. The Western Conference bubble teams all did their duty on Monday night, as the Flames, Wild, Jets, Kings and …
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  • NHL Three Stars: Kopitar leads Kings; Leafs hit attendance low

    NHL Three Stars: Kopitar leads Kings; Leafs hit attendance low

    yahoo.com Mar 24 (4 days ago)
    No. 1 Star: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings The Kings needed a star effort, and got one from their star center: a goal and two assists to account for their 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. Kopitar assisted on first-period goals by Andrej Sekera and T…
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  • The 10 most surprising struggles of 2014-15

    The 10 most surprising struggles of 2014-15

    thehockeynews.com Mar 23 (4 days ago)
    As much as a story like the resurgent New York Islanders or the Andrew Hammond-led Ottawa Senators pleases us, there will always be teams or players that fail to meet expectations. Be it simply a down year or a minor – or major, when it comes to a team …
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  • What does late playoff push mean for Dallas Stars?

    What does late playoff push mean for Dallas Stars?

    yahoo.com Mar 23 (4 days ago)
    The Ottawa Senators cannot be the only team to come from the depths of mediocrity and make an unbelievable run to the playoffs. There has to be another squad that can make a postseason race a little more interesting. With the Kings and Sharks swooning i…
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  • NCAA Frozen Four: Players to watch from every team in the tourn…

    NCAA Frozen Four: Players to watch from every team in the tournament

    thehockeynews.com Mar 23 (4 days ago)
    College hockey’s Frozen Four kicks off this week with 16 teams gunning for a spot in Boston, where the semifinal and final will be held in April. Regionals spread the squads across four cities and there is a lot of firepower at this year’s installment. …
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  • Darth Vader falls at hockey game, more embarrassing than preque…

    Darth Vader falls at hockey game, more embarrassing than prequels (Video)

    yahoo.com Mar 23 (4 days ago)
    Max The Lion is the mascot for the Manchester Monarchs, the Los Angeles Kings’ AHL affiliate. He had a birthday party on Sunday, and like so many boys turning 14 he decided to have a “Star Wars” theme. What a thrill to be accompanied onto the ice by the…
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  • Video - Ducks Edge Kings In Overtime 01:11

    Ducks Edge Kings In Overtime

    Mar 18
    Ryan Kesler's overtime goal lifted the Ducks past the Kings 3-2.
  • Video - 'SportsCenter's' Inside The NHL 16:06

    'SportsCenter's' Inside The NHL

    Mar 17
    John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Scott Burnside kick around the rule changes proposed by the general managers, look at the turmoil in San Jose and make their picks at the tight race for the Presidents' Trophy.
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    Kings Blank Coyotes

    Mar 16
    Jonathan Quick had 25 saves in the Kings' 1-0 win over the Coyotes.
  • Video - Predators Claw Past Kings 00:48

    Predators Claw Past Kings

    Mar 14
    Viktor Stalberg's first goal of the season lifted the Predators past the Kings 2-1.

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