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Playoff Previews: Stats for All Eight Series

Are you ready for some playoffssssss? (Pretend someone sang those words.) For the first time in NHL history the playoffs will begin in May and finish in July. The playoff format resembles what we saw between 1986-1993 when teams played division foes seven and eight times in the regular season, and then seven-game series in…

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Playoff Preview: Do Refs Put Whistles Away in Playoffs?

The NHL playoffs begin Saturday in Washington, and when the puck drops the intensity rises — not only on the ice, but within fanbases. It is awesome. Family members who rarely watch regular season games are suddenly fully invested and engrossed with the rollercoaster of playoff emotions. Every pass, shot, hit, save, faceoff, scrum, line…

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GDB 55.0: Looking to Move Up The Standings (3pm MT, SNW)

Edmonton is locked into second spot in the North Division. They will face the Winnipeg Jets in the opening round of the playoffs. Their remaining two games won’t impact the North standings, but they still have something to play for due to this season’s playoff format.

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On Second Thought

With about 13 minutes remaining in today’s matinee between the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks, and with getting through their final game of the season healthy meaning much more for the Oilers in the big picture than the final score, I thought Mikko Koskinen was looking like a decent story. Of course I did.

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At Random: 55 Down

When you’ve got two teams locked into playoff positions and trying to navigate their way to the post-season with everybody rested and healthy, and then throw them into an afternoon game for good measure, you get what we witnessed in the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 overtime win over the Montreal Canadiens Wednesday.

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Worth a Look

We don’t know if James Neal, Ryan McLeod and Alex Chiasson will be together as a line when the Edmonton Oilers open the playoffs, but they looked good as a threesome again last night in a 4-3 OT win over the Montreal Canadiens. What they are now is an option for Dave Tippett – a…