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If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 11

It won’t be long before the season is half over, but the intrigue is still going strong. Chicago and Pittsburgh easily lead their divisions, but the Conference lead is still up for grabs. Teams are still trying to hack their way into the playoff standings, Wildcard or division. The outside teams in the East are […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 10

The season is already 10 weeks old, but it remains difficult for any team to make a run. In fact, many teams are out of the picture but remain very close, especially in the East. A few more injuries are rearing their heads around the league as well, threatening to turn everything upside down. A […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 9

Teams are starting to approach 30 games played, but no team has firmly separated themselves from all others. The Metropolitan Division still has several teams fighting for position. Other than Vancouver, the Western Conference is starting to figure out which of its eight teams will play past 82 games. Seeding everywhere is still very much […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 8

Two months of the season are gone, and a bit of separation is starting to appear. The best bet for outside East teams right now seems to be working their way into the Metropolitan Division’s top three. The West is a little more open, but with all the strong teams in the race, a Wildcard […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 7

Seven weeks of the season are gone. Most teams are more than a quarter of the way through the season by now, and while the separation of the Wildcard teams from the rest of the pack is starting to appear, things are still close. It’s especially tough in the Western Conference, where all of the […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 6

Teams are rapidly approaching 20 games already, if they haven’t reached the mark already. The divisional races are getting closer, even Pittsburgh’s. The Wildcard races are pretty good too, especially in the East. A few teams may be thinking of ping pong balls already, but plenty still have postseason aspirations. With seedings shifting around all […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 5

Week 5 is over, and the standings have only gotten closer. There’s a three-way tie for the Atlantic Division. The three best Pacific teams are all within a point. In fact, only the Penguins have built up a decent lead so far in their division. There’s a slight push in the Wildcard races among some […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 4

A month has gone by in the NHL, and the surprise teams are managing to keep up their momentum so far. Toronto and Colorado are division leaders still, while Carolina is still hanging in there behind Pittsburgh. Boston and Detroit, widely considered to be the best two teams in the Atlantic Division, are relegated to […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 3

Now three weeks into the season, there’s not much separation, though a few of the best teams are making an early mark. On average, the West has been getting more points, but the East has more games in hand. The Wildcard races in particular are quite packed, and teams like Colorado, Toronto and Carolina remain […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 2

The NHL season is now well underway, and as happens at this early stage, there are plenty of surprises. The Rangers can’t get anything going. The Avalanche are unbeaten. The Flames are hanging in there without Jarome Iginla. Toronto is doing well in the early going. Tim Thomas is looking to make his return worthwhile. […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 1

The NHL season is finally underway, and there’s already been plenty of tooth-and-nail action. Every team (except Washington) has won a game, three teams remain perfect and 12 teams are clustered together with four points, including eight in the East alone. So while everything’s so tight, let’s look at what would happen if the playoffs […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 24

It’s almost time for the playoffs to begin. There’s certainly no shortage of close contests, and nobody’s giving way easily at all. And this far along, only the top team in each conference has so much as clinched a playoff spot. The action the rest of the way is sure to be cutthroat, so let’s […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 23

Only a few weeks remain in the season, and there’s barely more than 10 games left per team. Both conferences have now opened up at #1, but it’s still a race for all fringe teams involved. Half the divisions are still very much in play as well, so there’s a lot to fight for still. […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 15

January is almost over, and every team has passed the halfway point of the season. Teams are still jostling positions and just about every race is very close. New teams are making playoff waves, further adding to the excitement of the times. Anything could still happen, so let’s look at what would happen if the […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 3

Another week into the season and we’re getting an early sense of who might pull ahead later, though it is still close. Every team now has at least one win, and Washington is the only perfect team left (the only one without any sort of loss, even). There continue to be several surprising teams, both […]