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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 […]

Week In Review: Bruins Win Four Straight, But Lose Loui Eriksson

The Boston Bruins are currently on a four-game winning streak and are tied for first place in the Eastern Conference. During the last week, they sweep their three-game road trip against The Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Buffalo Sabres. And then capped it off Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks at home, beating […]

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 13

Just one week remains in the season, and there’s still plenty left to play. The unfortunate events surround the Boston Marathon and the week after have forced the Bruins to postpone two games, in turn forcing the Penguins and Sabres to postpone a game. That leaves Boston with six games games to play between now […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 12

Just two weeks remain in the season, and teams are starting to clinch spots. Time is quickly running out for teams to make their moves or break into the top 16. The Blackhawks, Ducks and Penguins continue to sit easy of course (and are now joined by Vancouver as a solid #3), but it’s not […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 11

Less than a month remains in the abbreviated season, but the situation remains heated. Plenty of divisions remain up for grabs. The playoff chases for #9 and below, especially in the East, remain open. The Southeast Division is starting to look like you either win the division or stay home in May. And of course […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 10

10 weeks into the season, things are still being shaken up. Pittsburgh is on a major roll. Plenty of squads are still hoping to get into the race. The playoff teams in general are crowding each other and could drastically shift among each other at any time. So before this wacky season gets any wackier, […]