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Clinching scenarios: Spots for Pens, Hawks, Ducks?

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 10:45 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

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* The Pittsburgh Penguins would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if they defeat the Phoenix Coyotes in any fashion OR if they get one point against the Coyotes AND either the Washington Capitals lose to the Los Angeles Kings in any fashion or the Columbus Blue Jackets lose to the Detroit Red Wings in regulation. If the Penguins lose to the Coyotes in regulation, they also would clinch a playoff berth if the Toronto Maple Leafs lose to the St. Louis Blues in any fashion AND the Capitals lose to the Kings in regulation.

* The Chicago Blackhawks would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if they defeat the Dallas Stars in regulation AND the Coyotes lose to the Penguins in any fashion OR if they defeat the Stars in overtime or a shootout AND the Coyotes lose to the Penguins in regulation.

* The Anaheim Ducks (idle) would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if either the Coyotes or Stars lose in any fashion to the Penguins and Blackhawks, respectively.

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Daily Primer March 25: Maple Leafs aim to end skid

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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Three games on the NHL schedule Tuesday night will have a significant impact on the Eastern Conference wild-card race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs: St. Louis Blues at Toronto Maple Leafs; Detroit Red Wings at Columbus Blue Jackets (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, FS-D, TSN2); and Los Angeles Kings at Washington Capitals.

The Maple Leafs face a daunting task as they attempt to end a five-game losing streak (0-5-0) when they host the Western Conference-leading Blues (103 points). If Toronto can't snap its skid, it's in danger of falling out of an Eastern Conference wild-card position.

Toronto and Detroit each has 80 points, but the Red Wings enter Tuesday in control of the first of two East wild-card spots because they've played two fewer games than the Maple Leafs.

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Five Questions: Blue Jackets' Davidson on stretch run

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Columbus Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson:

John Davidson didn't need to hear the end of the question before he started answering in the affirmative.

"It's our biggest game of the year," Davidson, the Columbus Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, told NHL.com on Monday.

He's talking about Columbus' home game Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2), and there's no arguing with him on this one.

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Choices abound for Central Scouting's No. 1 ranking

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Is it possible to predict the No. 1 choice at the 2014 NHL Draft in June?

If you were to ask five scouts to provide their top choice right now, you would hear several different names at the top.

At this stage in the season there seems to be four legitimate contenders in the mix for top honors: Forwards Samuel Bennett of the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League, Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League and Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice of the WHL, and defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts of the OHL.

There's also a chance forward Michael Dal Colle of the Oshawa Generals of the OHL also might sneak into the mix at some point prior to the announcement of the No. 1 selection June 27 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

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NHL scouts take shot at picking first round of draft

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

There should be plenty of debate and intrigue when NHL Central Scouting starts its final meetings Wednesday in Toronto as they come together to set the final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft.

While those rankings won't be released until next month, NHL.com has recruited two veteran NHL scouts, one from a team in each conference, in the interim to provide their first-round projections in exchange for anonymity.

The following mock drafts might be the closest thing you'll see anywhere on the Internet in terms of how the opening round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia turn out.

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Western Conference Scout Mock Draft

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

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Western Conference Scout Mock Draft
Note: Final draft order to be determined at conclusion of Stanley Cup Final.
  1. BUF

Sam Reinhart, C, Kootenay (WHL)

Another shrewd move by general manager Tim Murray as they add another character player.

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Eastern Conference Scout Mock Draft

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

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Eastern Conference Scout Mock Draft
Note: Final draft order to be determined at conclusion of Stanley Cup Final.
  1. BUF

Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL)

Sabres add a stud to an already impressive group of young defensemen.

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Canadiens' Budaj comes up big again in Boston

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 1:56 AM / NHL Insider

James Murphy - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTONMontreal Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj did it to the Boston Bruins again on Monday night.

For whatever reason, Montreal's backup goaltender plays his best every time he gets the nod against the Bruins at TD Garden. Budaj held the fort early for the Canadiens, finished regulation and overtime with 28 saves and then stopped four shots in the shootout to help the Canadiens snap Boston's 12-game win streak with a 2-1 victory.

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Gaborik still trying to fit in with Kings

Monday, 03.24.2014 / 11:50 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Darryl Sutter shrugs his shoulders and shakes his head when he's asked about the impact Marian Gaborik could have on the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs next month and possibly beyond.

Marian Gaborik
Right Wing - LAK
GOALS: 8 | ASST: 10 | PTS: 18
SOG: 72 | +/-: -1
It's possible he's playing coy, but Sutter, the Kings coach, repeatedly said after Los Angeles' 3-2 win Monday against the Philadelphia Flyers that he really doesn't know what to expect from Gaborik because he doesn't know him well enough yet.

"We just got him, and it's not easy for a player at the deadline to come in, it's not easy to come to a good team," Sutter said. "It's got nothing to do with the player. Quite honestly, I couldn't tell you. I really don't know."

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Stanley Cup Playoffs format, qualification system

Monday, 03.24.2014 / 3:10 PM / Drive to the Playoffs

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