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Dynamic duo, depth key Ducks' run to playoff berth

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 1:57 PM / Drive to the Playoffs

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

During 20 years of existence, the Anaheim Ducks have won a Stanley Cup and two conference championships.

In this anniversary season, the Ducks clinched their 10th playoff berth and seventh in the past nine campaigns. And they did it by setting new franchise standards.

Anaheim is off to its finest start through 71 games (46-18-7, 99 points) to best the mark of 42-17-12 set in 2006-07, the season it won the Stanley Cup. The Ducks have also scored the most goals (226) at this stage of the season in club history and is two wins from matching the franchise record for wins in a single season (also in 2006-07).

In addition, the Ducks are poised to become the fastest team in club history to reach 100 points (75 games in 2006-07) and surged to the top of the NHL standings this season aided a 20-0-2 start at Honda Center.

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On the 'D'-fence: All hail King Karlsson

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Brian Metzer - NHL.com Correspondent

Entering this season, we penned a fantasy faceoff breaking down the merits of owning the Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban against those of owning the Senators' Erik Karlsson. While we explained it was more about preference when determining which of those two defensemen to draft, we pointed you in the direction of Subban based on the fact Karlsson didn't quite look like himself at the end of the last season upon returning from injury.

In fact, on Sept. 5, 2013, we said "though Karlsson made it back late in the season and still managed to post .82 points-per-game, he just didn't look comfortable. Speed and agility are such an important part of his game and it just wasn't there as he seemed to be dealing with the lingering effects of the severed Achilles."

Well, today, we admit that was a load of hogwash and shout from the rooftop of our secret fantasy headquarters, "All Hail King Karlsson!"

Sure owning Subban, who has 50 points in 73 games, isn't hurting your team, but it isn't helping as much as if you had drafted the leading scorer at the position, Karlsson.

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Clinching scenarios: No team can secure berth tonight

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 11:00 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

NHL.com

There are no clinching scenarios for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in games being played Wednesday.

The Anaheim Ducks clinched a spot in the playoffs Tuesday without playing a game. The Ducks were assured of a Western Conference berth when the Dallas Stars lost 4-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks also have qualified from the Western Conference. The Boston Bruins have qualified from the Eastern Conference.

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Idle Ducks clinch Stanley Cup Playoff berth

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 3:10 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

NHL.com

The Anaheim Ducks clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday night without playing a game. The Ducks were assured of a postseason berth when the Dallas Stars lost 4-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.

Anaheim (46-18-7) is in second place in the Pacific Division. The Ducks are four points behind the first-place San Jose Sharks, who beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Tuesday night, but have played three fewer games. Anaheim's next game is Wednesday night against the Calgary Flames in the opener of a three-game road trip.

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Over the Boards: Three trades, three winners

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / Over the Boards

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- More than two years later, the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings have no complaints about the returns they got in what amounted to three blockbuster deals involving star forwards Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. If the Columbus Blue Jackets become a perennial Stanley Cup Playoff contender with Jack Johnson as their cornerstone defensemen, they won't have any reason to gripe either.

All three teams could be in the playoffs this season.

"If you look at [the trades], it's worked out well for everybody," Philadelphia assistant general manager Ron Hextall told NHL.com before watching the Kings beat the Flyers 3-2 on Monday.


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Rivalry Night Faceoff: Berube vs. Vigneault

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Alain Vigneault came to the New York Rangers last summer with ideas for how to create a culture change off the ice and a new and improved team on the ice, using the slogan "Clean Slate." He had all of training camp and nine road games in October to work on creating the team he wanted before he stepped up behind the home bench at Madison Square Garden.

Philadelphia Flyers coach Craig Berube had to make his changes on the fly after he was named as Peter Laviolette's replacement three games into the regular season. After nine seasons as an assistant in Philadelphia, Berube had ideas too, but he knew for them to work he'd have to incorporate them slowly and carefully to try to get his struggling, fragile team back on a path to success.

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Daily Primer March 26: Rangers-Flyers showdown

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 12:34 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

All eyes will be on the heated race for second place in the Metropolitan Division and home-ice advantage in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday night.

The New York Rangers, who currently reside in second in the Metropolitan, will host the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden. New York has a one-point lead on Philadelphia, but the Flyers have two games in hand.

It's one of three games on the schedule Wednesday. The night gets underway when the Minnesota Wild host the Vancouver Canucks at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota is in possession of the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference, three points ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes. Minnesota has won three of its past 10 games, but has earned points in seven of them (3-3-4). The Canucks are seeking their third straight win; they trail the Coyotes by six points. Each team has nine games remaining.

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Tale of the Tape: Flyers visit Rangers

Wednesday, 03.26.2014 / 12:21 AM / Tale of the Tape

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Three weeks into the season, the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers were scrambling to end slumps that threatened to keep them out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Things have changed a lot since then: They will meet at Madison Square Garden in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game with the winner having the inside track on second place in the Metropolitan Division and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs -- likely against the loser.

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Sharks back in playoffs with potentially best team yet

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 12:27 PM / Drive to the Playoffs

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The San Jose Sharks are back in the postseason for the 10th consecutive season after clinching a place in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday.

It's the second-longest active postseason streak in the NHL, and it might become the longest in a few weeks if the Detroit Red Wings don't find their way into the top eight in the Eastern Conference. Though the Sharks never have reached the Stanley Cup Final, the franchise's ability to be among the top teams in the League consistently is remarkable.

The dawn of the salary cap era was expected to make it harder for teams to stay among the top contenders for extended periods of time. Nearly every team that was among the League's elite before the 2004-05 lockout either has missed the playoffs once or gone through a full rebuilding phase. The Sharks and Red Wings stand alone as franchises that were able to transition to the "new NHL" as it was called at the start of the 2005-06 season and remain among the League's elite.

San Jose has a chance to win a division title for the sixth time in this 10-season span, and doing so would help the Sharks avoid a potentially brutal first-round series with the Los Angeles Kings, who knocked them out of the playoffs last season in a seven-game series.

This Sharks team might be better equipped for a deep playoff run than any of the previous nine. Here are five reasons why they're going to have a chance:

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The Front Line: Giroux closest to Crosby-like value?

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

I'll be the first to admit I was wrong about Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux. Back on Nov. 5, I said you should trade Giroux and I didn't believe there was "much of a resurgence coming." Here we are 141 days later and Giroux is currently the No. 8 overall player in Yahoo fantasy leagues. Clearly, Giroux has proven me wrong.

Prior to that story on Nov. 5, Giroux had no goals and six assists in his first 13 games of the season. He wasn't coming close to living up to his average draft selection (16th overall). In fact, he didn't score his first goal of the season until his 16th game. But from that 16th game onward, Giroux has pretty much been his usual self; that of an elite fantasy forward.

In his next 55 games, the 26-year-old forward has gone on to score 24 goals and 43 assists, a rate of 1.22 points per game. The only player to average more than that this season is Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby at 1.32 points per game. Of course, Crosby has done that for all 71 games he's played in, but the point is if you wipe away Giroux's first 16 games of the season, he's been the second-best point producer in the NHL behind only Crosby. He's also had 21 of his 22 multi-point games during this 55-game stretch. Only Crosby and the Toronto Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel have had more multi-point efforts all season (28 and 23 respectively).

Of players that have appeared in at least 25 games this season, 14 have averaged at least a point per game (Giroux being one of them despite the sluggish start). Last season there were 20 players that averaged at least a point per game (excludes the Maple Leafs' Joffrey Lupul, who averaged 1.12 but only played 16 of 48 games), which makes Giroux's inclusion on this season's list even more impressive.

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With this being the last year [at the Coliseum], we'd love to try to get back to the dance like we did against Pittsburgh and prove ourselves and go even further. It's an important year.

— New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano