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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 22

Another week down and the standings aren’t much closer. Both #3 seeds are benefiting from being a division leader, and those on the outside looking in don’t have far to go. Only the Canucks and Rangers can rest easy as far as division leads go; that’s about the only thing that’s safe right now. With […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 21

March is here, and the season is really starting to wind down. It’s still very close in both conferences nearly all around. Only the Rangers are capable of cruising down the stretch East-wise, but even that won’t happen with the President’s Trophy being hotly contested as well. Four divisions are still tightly up for grabs […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 20

A full 20 weeks into the season, and the standings are still bunched up, Rangers aside. Divisions are tight, #8 seeds are tight and the President’s Trophy is tight (the only close race involving the Rangers). So much could change in the blink of an eye, let alone the remaining 20+ games, so let’s look […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 19

We’re well into February, and there’s certainly no shortage of drama. The Rangers are leaving the rest of the East in their dust, but the rest of the conference is dog piling over each other. It’s the same way out west, except no spot is safe there. New York is certainly the team to beat, […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 17

Now that we’re into February, time is beginning to become a factor for teams that need to make up ground; teams have anywhere from 29 to 34 games remaining before the playoffs begin, and while it’s not yet time for desperation to set in, concern is starting to creep up. With teams like Detroit and […]

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 14

We’re already well into the new year, and it’s about the half-way point for the NHL season, too. The Rangers are continuing to make progress. The Penguins are continuing to do the opposite. It’s still very close between #8/#9 in both conferences as well, which will make for some heated battles down the stretch. There […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 13

There have been some big changes in the past week. Both conferences have new leaders. Ottawa and Washington are making waves. Los Angeles is even peeking into the bracket. Teams like Vancouver are improving their leads all around the league. Other races remain tight, though, especially the Wildcard races, so let’s look at what would […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 12

After another week, there have been some big changes. The East has a new leader, as does the Northwest division. For that matter, so does the Atlantic. And a team almost nobody saw doing well has eked their way into the playoff positioning. Four of the divisions are still withing three points of changing hands, […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 11

Coming up on Christmas, many of the divisions are opening up a little more. However, the Pacific is in a three-way tie for the lead, so that looks like the race to watch for the moment. Boston is building up another winning streak, while Minnesota is on its way down. Chicago has taken advantage of […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 10

The NHL season is a full 10 weeks old. The Devils, Predators and Sharks all are making moves, while Pittsburgh is among the notable teams sliding. A few divisions are starting to open up, leaving the other teams in them to solidify a Wildcard spot. Only one division is led by two points, and even […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 9

It’s still a tough league nine weeks into the season. Pittsburgh is barely clinging onto the East lead, Winnipeg is a win away from a top eight spot, and there have been a few head hit suspensions so far, not to mention key goalie injuries. Boston’s point streak is finally over, while Minnesota is continuing […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 8

Two months into the NHL season, several coaching changes are in order. While that’s sure to shake things up, many surprise teams are still going strong. Florida and Minnesota have healthy leads, Toronto’s still hanging in there, and the Coyotes and Stars are leading the way in the Pacific. Vancouver and Boston are both on […]