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  1. Which of the first round series will be the most (and least) exciting?

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Paul Mara, Gregory Campbell

    Which first round series look the most (and least) exciting? This post ranks all eight.

  2. NHL names officials for 2011 playoffs; Will they actually use their whistles?

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:58 PM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v Atlanta Thrashers

    The NHL named the 20 referees and 20 linesmen who will work the 2011 playoffs. The question is: will the gradual decline toward pre-lockout officiating continue?

  3. Vote for the Save of the Week (April 4-10)

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:15 PM EDT

    Jhonas Enroth

    Who made the best save of the last week of the 2010-11 season? The contestants are: James Reimer, Tim Thomas, Ondrej Pavelec, Pekka Rinne, Ilya Bryzgalov and Tuukka Rask.

  4. Vote for the Goal of the Week (April 4-10)

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    Dallas Stars v San Jose Sharks

    Who scored the best goal of the final week of the 2010-11 season? Your choices are: the Rangers’ five-goal outburst, Patrick Kane, Corey Perry, Bobby Butler, Nathan Gerbe, T.J. Oshie or Colton Gillies.

  5. Tomorrow’s practice may determine Justin Williams’ availability for Game 1

    Apr 11, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

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    Justin Williams, Kari Lehtonen

    The Kings are likely to avoid trading scoring chances with the Sharks in their first round series, but they still need to score goals, so they hope that Justin Williams can return for Game 1 on Thursday.

  6. Ray Emery doesn’t think he will be able to play for Ducks in Game 1

    Apr 11, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

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    Ray Emery

    It’s unclear if Ray Emery re-injured the surgically repaired hip that endangered his career, but either way, it looks like the Ducks will need to turn to Dan Ellis in Game 1 of their series against the Predators.

  7. Boston will be without Steven Kampfer for about two weeks

    Apr 11, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

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    Washington Capitals v Boston Bruins

    The Bruins will be without depth defenseman Steven Kampfer for at least two weeks, according to Joe Haggerty.

  8. Chris Pronger’s Game 1 status remains a mystery

    Apr 11, 2011, 7:13 PM EDT

    Edmonton Oilers v Philadelphia Flyers

    Chris Pronger didn’t practice today, but he participated in team meetings, leaving his status for Game 1 of the Sabres-Flyers series just as unclear as it was before.

  9. Video: Star Cam highlights from Red Wings-Blackhawks

    Apr 10, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

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    Detroit Red Wings v Chicago Blackhawks

    There was plenty of star power on display in the Red Wings-Blackhawks game, which you see in these two video clips.

  10. Video: Every goal from Red Wings-Blackhawks, plus Net Cam highlights

    Apr 10, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

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    Marian Hossa, Jimmy Howard

    This post includes videos with footage of every goal and another one with some of the best saves from the Red Wings-Blackhawks NBC Game of the Week.

  11. Dallas Stars face must-win (in regulation or overtime) game against Minnesota Wild

    Apr 10, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

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    Mikko Koivu, Greg Zanon, Adam Burish

    After Chicago’s loss, the Stars can earn a playoff spot with a regulation or overtime win against the Wild. So what are their chances of accomplishing that? Check out this preview to find out.

  12. Game of the Week: Blackhawks lose, must depend on a Stars’ loss for playoff berth

    Apr 10, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

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    The Blackhawks had a chance to clinch a playoff spot by getting one point against the Red Wings, but Detroit beat them in a thrilling 4-3 game. Read this recap to find out why Chicago will now be forced to root for Minnesota Sunday night.

  13. Game of the Week: Detroit takes 2-1 lead in second period

    Apr 10, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

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    Pavel Datsyuk

    Thanks to mistakes by Chicago and despite errors by referees, Detroit earned a 2-1 lead in the second period.

  14. Today’s Starting Goalies – April 10

    Apr 10, 2011, 1:56 PM EDT

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    Tuukka Rask

    Here are the probable starting goalies for today’s remaining four games.

  15. Game of the Week: Red Wings, Blackhawks take game seriously, end 1st period 0-0

    Apr 10, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

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    Detroit Red Wings v Chicago Blackhawks

    The first period of Chicago’s big game against Detroit ended in a 0-0 tie, but the score doesn’t tell the story of a fast paced first frame.

  16. Florida Panthers fire head coach Peter DeBoer after 3 full seasons

    Apr 10, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

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    It would be unfair to blame Peter DeBoer for failing in Florida when the team hasn’t made the playoffs since the 1999-2000 season, but it was understandable that the team decided to fire him this morning.

  17. Report: NHL’s salary cap could rise to $62.2M for 2011-12 season

    Apr 10, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

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    Lou Lamoriello, Ilya Kovalchuk,  Jeff Vanderbeek,

    The NHLPA would reportedly need to approve the 4.7 percent increase, but if they do, the 2011-12 salary cap could jump from $59.4 million to $62.2 million according to a report.

  18. Save of the Night: Ilya Bryzgalov (April 9)

    Apr 10, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Ilya Bryzgalov, Dany Heatley

    While the Goal of the Night was debatable, there’s little doubt in our minds that anyone could beat Ilya Bryzgalov for the Save of the Night.

  19. Goal of the Night: T.J. Oshie (April 9)

    Apr 10, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Pikka Rinne, TJ Oshie

    As great (and important) as Chris Drury’s goal was on Saturday, T.J. Oshie scored a jaw-dropper while his skates weren’t even on the ice. Check out our choice for the best goal of April 9th, as well as every goal scored on that day.

  20. Sidney Crosby probably won’t be back for Pittsburgh’s first playoff game

    Apr 10, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    More and more, it’s looking like Sidney Crosby won’t be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs. In fact, he might not be ready for the playoffs at all.

  21. Game of the Week preview: Blackhawks could finish anywhere from fifth to ninth place

    Apr 10, 2011, 3:56 AM EDT

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    Marian Hossa

    After plenty of big games, the Blackhawks understand that this is genuinely their biggest contest of the season. Want to know how Chicago could possibly finish somewhere between fifth and ninth place? Read this post.

  22. West playoff update: Sharks lock up second seed, Ducks clinch fourth place

    Apr 10, 2011, 3:20 AM EDT

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    Kyle Wellwood, Ilya Bryzgalov, Ian White

    The Sharks clinched the second seed while the Ducks continued their torrid run to notch the fourth seed tonight. Meanwhile, the Predators were shut out by the Blues, leaving their situation at the mercy of the Blackhawks.

  23. Daniel Sedin wraps up 2010-11 Art Ross Trophy with 104 points

    Apr 10, 2011, 1:59 AM EDT

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    Edmonton Oilers v Vancouver Canucks

    For all intents and purposes, Daniel Sedin will receive the Art Ross Trophy as the leading scorer of the 2010-11 season with 104 points.

  24. Game of the Week preview: Blackhawks limp into big game with Red Wings

    Apr 10, 2011, 12:46 AM EDT

    Phoenix Coyotes v Chicago Blackhawks

    Detroit will be shorthanded because of injuries on Sunday, but Chicago can relate with some of their banged up players. This post gives an update on Dave Bolland, Troy Brouwer, Tomas Kopecky and Patrick Sharp.

  25. Could Sunday’s game against the Penguins be the Thrashers’ last one in Atlanta?

    Apr 9, 2011, 11:40 PM EDT

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    Considering their murky ownership situation, it’s quite possible that Sunday’s game against the Penguins won’t just be the last game of the season for the Thrashers. It might also be their final contest in Atlanta, period.

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