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Posted On Wednesday, 03.18.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Kings, Ducks

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

The late game on NBCSN's Rivalry Night is a rivalry that could be on display in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Seriously, would anyone be shocked if the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings play in the Western Conference First Round? I can't say that anybody would be. I'd be shocked if anybody says they would be.

Of course, I wouldn't be shocked if the Kings finish second in the Pacific Division either, which would set up a potential second-round series between the SoCal rivals.

It obviously is a great matchup, made better by the fact Anaheim has won two in a row against the Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators, and the King have won three of their past four games to stay in the playoff race in the Western Conference.

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Posted On Friday, 03.13.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: Young power forwards to keep an eye on

Each Friday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four in his Weekes on the Web blog. He will be blogging about four players, teams, plays, trends or really four of whatever in the NHL that have caught his eye.

Young players big and small, an off-the-grid ace and a pair of unsung forwards in Hollywood have caught my eye and deserve some pub. It's all in my Friday Four this week.

Go…

1. Big, young forwards

Nick Bjugstad (from Minnesota), Anders Lee (from Minnesota), Kevin Hayes (from Massachusetts).

Those three young forwards have been impressing me. I mean seriously impressing me.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.11.2015 / 11:27 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Rangers, Capitals

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

Surprise, surprise, the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals might be on a collision course for a matchup in the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so what we'll see in NBCSN's Wednesday Night Rivalry game could be a preview.

The Rangers and Capitals have met in the playoffs four out of the past six years, including three in a row from 2011-13.

As it stands right now the Rangers would actually play the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round while the Capitals would face the New York Islanders. The Eastern Conference standings, particularly in the Metropolitan Division, are so fluid that what we see now might be completely different from what we see at the end of the season.

I have to go off of what we're seeing now, so here is my breakdown of what could be a thriller at Verizon Center:

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Posted On Thursday, 03.05.2015 / 10:40 PM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: Hammond has Senators in playoff race

1. 'Hamburglar'

Andrew Hammond, what a nickname. It makes perfect sense too. It's way better than “Hamster” or “Hammy.” Those would be normal hockey nicknames. “Hamburglar” is great, and I hope the McDonald's in Ottawa takes notice and does something with him. They are a League partner, too. Just saying.

Nonetheless, Hammond has been amazing. He has really transformed this team. That's the reality. The Senators were pretty much, you could say it, dead in the playoff race. He's got them back into some contention here. There's a sense of hope and belief. He's been awesome.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.04.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Rangers, Red Wings

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

We could be watching a preview of the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday night when the Detroit Red Wings play at home against the New York Rangers (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN). This might be a tone-setter for what could develop into a good rivalry in the East.

So let's break it down the way we do every week:

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Posted On Friday, 02.27.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: Rangers' Hayes coming into his own

Each Friday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be bringing you his Friday Four in his Weekes on the Web blog. He will be blogging about four players, teams, plays, trends or really four of whatever in the NHL that have caught his eye.

A rookie in New York, the Los Angeles Kings coming on, and two defensemen that are on my radar and better be on yours too. It's all in my Friday Four:

1. It's happening for Hayes

New York Rangers rookie Kevin Hayes has 12 points in his past 13 games. That's impressive for him.

One thing you have to give the Rangers credit for is their scouting and drafting and development. They've done a really good job, an excellent job for the most part, in developing talent. Sometimes it is about guys they trade for or acquire, whether it's an off-the-grid guy like Mats Zuccarello or a guy like Hayes, who has a big body and can skate and play.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.25.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Penguins, Capitals

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

Another good, old-fashioned, "we don't like you and you don't like us" rivalry game is on tap Wednesday night on NBCSN.

The Pittsburgh Penguins against the Washington Capitals, a Metropolitan Division classic made even more interesting by the standings and the fact the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline is looming at 3 p.m. ET on Monday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.18.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Blackhawks used Red Wings as their model

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes will also be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

Here is the thing that I love about the Wednesday Night Rivalry game between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks at United Center (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports):

The Blackhawks have become one of the "it" teams in the NHL by reinventing themselves off of the Detroit model in so many ways; a model, by the way, that still works for the Red Wings. I'm talking about the puck-possession game, the skill game, talent, having no real meatheads on the roster, putting a premium on making plays, a lot of give-and-go's.

In so many ways I find them to be similar in how they go about their business.


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Posted On Friday, 02.13.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Friday Four: High praise for Hossa, Halak, Dubnyk

A 'Hoss in Chicago, some love for Jaro, the comeback player of the year, and what not to do in Toronto, plus a couple of extras for you. It's all in my Friday Four blog this week.

He we go:

1. Marian Hossa is a machine

Hossa has been unbelievable and it's great for him. He has six goals in the past three games, two in each game. This run he's been on is amazing, but not surprising.

The value of Hossa being such a dependable star player is huge. Throughout his entire career his coaches can play him in any situation. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville can put his hand on his moustache and just say, 'Go out there, Hoss' and there would be no concern.

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.11.2015 / 3:00 AM

By Kevin Weekes -  NHL Network Analyst /NHL.com - Weekes on the Web

Weekes: Pluses, minuses for Rivalry Night games

Each Wednesday throughout the regular season Kevin Weekes will be offering his pluses and minuses for the teams competing in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game in his Weekes on the Web blog. Weekes also will be assisting fans with three must-watch elements of the game.

There are three games on the NHL schedule Wednesday and two of them will be on NBCSN:

* Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins at 8 p.m. ET

* Washington Capitals at San Jose Sharks at 10:30 p.m. ET

Let's break them down, with one plus and one minus for each team:

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