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  1. Breaking down the race for the East’s final playoff spots

    Jan 27, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    Washington Capitals v Florida Panthers

    The Southeast Division title and East’s final two spots could make for an interesting stretch run.

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

    Apr 10, 2011, 4:17 PM EST

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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.

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

    Apr 10, 2011, 3:56 AM EST

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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.

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

    Apr 10, 2011, 3:20 AM EST

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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.

  5. Tampa Bay clobbers Carolina 6-2; Rangers top Hurricanes for East’s eighth seed

    Apr 9, 2011, 10:04 PM EST

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    Cory Stillman, Vincent Lecavalier, Brett Clark, Martin St. Louis

    Carolina had a chance to stamp its ticket to the playoffs with a win against Tampa Bay, but the Hurricanes will instead face a summer of regret after a crippling 6-2 loss. Their loss is the Rangers’ gain, as New York will be the eighth seed in the East.

  6. Race for the playoffs: Rangers try to distance themselves, Habs hope to avoid slide

    Apr 7, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

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    New York Rangers v Atlanta Thrashers

    Two games could have a big impact on the lower ranks of the Eastern Conference tonight, as the Rangers hope to beat the Thrashers while the Canadiens strive to avoid a slide to a lower seed by winning against the Senators.

  7. Tonight in the West: Kings clinch spot, Blackhawks and Ducks build cushions

    Apr 7, 2011, 2:17 AM EST

    Kyle Clifford, Ilya Bryzgalov, Michal Rozsival

    The Kings clinched a playoff spot, the Flames were officially eliminated and the West’s bottom two seed protected themselves in a busy night in the competitive conference.

  8. East playoff update: Canes beat Red Wings, Capitals and Bruins also win

    Apr 6, 2011, 10:26 PM EST

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    Jimmy Howard, Erik Cole

    The Hurricanes won against the Red Wings, while the Capitals increased their first place lead and the Bruins crept to within two points of the second place Flyers. Click “Read More” for the details.

  9. Race for the playoffs: Flyers and Capitals hope to clinch divisions, Habs go for berth

    Apr 5, 2011, 4:08 PM EST

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    Washington Capitals v Toronto Maple Leafs

    There are plenty of interesting Eastern Conference storylines in tonight’s games, with Washington and Philadelphia going for division titles while Montreal hopes to clinch a playoff spot. The Penguins and Lightning also jostle for home ice advantage in Tuesday’s contests.

  10. Tonight in the West: Sharks dismantle Kings to clinch Pacific crown

    Apr 5, 2011, 1:01 AM EST

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    Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau

    The Sharks clobbered the Kings 6-1 tonight, clinching their fourth consecutive Pacific Division title. Learn how this contest changes up the Western Conference playoff picture in this post.

  11. East update: Rangers storm back from 3-0 deficit for shocking win against Bruins

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:21 PM EST

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    Boston Bruins v New York Rangers

    It seemed like the East playoff bubble would get crazier when the Rangers trailed the Bruins 3-0, but New York stormed back to take a stunning 5-3 win. This post recaps that game and updates the playoff picture.

  12. Race for the Playoffs: Ducks could clinch for three teams, Stars and Flames must win

    Apr 3, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

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    daleyruutuap

    The Ducks could clinch a playoff spot for themselves (plus the Kings and Coyotes) if they can beat the desperate Stars. Meanwhile, the Flames fight for their playoff lives while the Red Wings and Blackhawks try to improve their situations.

  13. West playoff rundown: Red Wings clinch berth, Sharks bite Ducks and more

    Apr 3, 2011, 1:34 AM EST

    Joe Thornton, Devin Setoguchi, Ray Emery

    The Red Wings clinched a playoff spot thanks to an OT comeback with against the Predators, the Sharks beat the Ducks, the Kings defeated the Stars and the Wild were officially eliminated from the playoffs tonight. Read the recaps in this post.

  14. Eastern Conference update: Capitals take No.1, plot thickens for bubble teams

    Apr 2, 2011, 10:48 PM EST

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    ovechkinapapril2

    It was a big day in the East, with Washington’s rise to the top spot being the cherry on top. Boston clinched the Northeast Division, Buffalo eked out a point, some bubble teams stayed alive while others saw their dreams die and more. Read all about it in this post.

  15. Capitals beat Sabres in OT to claim a small lead atop the Eastern Conference

    Apr 2, 2011, 10:05 PM EST

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    Mike Knuble, Alex Ovechkin

    Washington took a one-point lead for the top spot in the East thanks to Alex Ovechkin’s overtime game-winner against Carolina.

  16. West playoff picture: Canucks make it official, Predators win and Sharks crush Stars

    Apr 1, 2011, 1:41 AM EST

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    sharks6stars0ap

    The rich got richer in the West, as the Canucks, Sharks and Predators succeeding in knocking down the Kings, Stars and Avalanche tonight. Read this post for recaps and an updated look on the West playoff picture.

  17. Vancouver Canucks clinch Presidents’ Trophy; Should fans celebrate or cringe?

    Apr 1, 2011, 12:56 AM EST

    Christian Ehroff Maxim Lapierre

    Now that the Canucks have clinched the Presidents’ Trophy, the question is: will that award be a blessing or a curse for the best team in the NHL?

  18. Eastern Conference playoff update: Lightning clinch a spot, Leafs keep dreaming

    Mar 31, 2011, 11:08 PM EST

    New York Rangers v New York Islanders

    There was plenty of interesting activity in the East tonight. The Capitals moved within one point of the Flyers for the top seed, the Lightning clinched a playoff spot, the Islanders hurt the Rangers’ postseason chances and the Leafs kept their dreams alive.

  19. Western playoff picture stays murky: Canucks clinch West; Yotes hurt Stars chances

    Mar 30, 2011, 1:46 AM EST

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    Alex Burrows, Pekka Rinne

    With how things shook out in the West tonight, there wasn’t a lot of movement, but the Kings, Canucks, and Coyotes all did themselves huge favors winning.

  20. Race for the Playoffs: Tuesday’s a big night up and down the East

    Mar 29, 2011, 4:07 PM EST

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    Jeff Carter, Marc-Andre Fleury, Zbynek Michalek

    Tonight’s Eastern Conference games could affect just about every level of the playoff’s top eight, as top seeds jostle for position while the East’s bubble could burst. This post includes previews of the biggest contests.

  21. Alex Ovechkin and Jason Arnott could be back in Capitals lineup against Hurricanes tonight

    Mar 29, 2011, 3:04 PM EST

    Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Jason Arnott

    CSN Washington reports that both Alex Ovechkin and Jason Arnott could be back for the Capitals tonight. This post has the details, along with what’s at stake for both the Caps and the Carolina Hurricanes.

  22. Back to 7th place in a Finnish Flash: Teemu Selanne scores 5 points in Ducks win

    Mar 29, 2011, 1:08 AM EST

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    Vancouver Canucks v Anaheim Ducks

    Teemu Selanne scored a hat trick and two assists, factoring into all five of the Ducks’ goals as Anaheim jumped back into seventh place with a 5-4 win against the Avalanche.

  23. Penguins squeak past Panthers, Thrashers keep slim playoff hopes alive in SO wins

    Mar 27, 2011, 5:46 PM EST

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    Marc-Andre Fleury, Ryan Carter

    The Penguins and Thrashers did what they needed to do this afternoon, earning shootout wins against the Panthers and Senators respectively.

  24. How the Penguins can clinch a playoff spot and tonight’s other postseason implications

    Mar 25, 2011, 3:46 PM EST

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    Brent Johnson, Patrik Elias

    Tonight’s five games are all about the Eastern Conference playoff picture, so this post covers all the bases.

  25. Matches against the Lightning, back-to-back games will make or break the Hurricanes’ playoff run

    Mar 25, 2011, 2:58 PM EST

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    Jamie McBain,  Dwayne Roloson

    If the Hurricanes want to make the playoffs, they must do well in three games against the Lightning and four sets of back-to-back games to finish the season. They begin a home-and-home series in Tampa Bay tonight. Read this post for the details.

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