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Johnson plays key role in Lightning's drive to playoffs

Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 12:24 AM / NHL Insider

Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent

Tyler Johnson
Center - TBL
GOALS: 23 | ASST: 25 | PTS: 48
SOG: 161 | +/-: 20
TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are headed for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2011. They wouldn't have gotten there without unheralded rookie forward Tyler Johnson.

That's why it was appropriate that Johnson's shorthanded goal with 7:19 remaining in regulation Tuesday night turned out to be the game-winner in a 3-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens that assured the Lightning of a return to the postseason.

"It's awesome, especially in my first year," Johnson said of making the playoffs. "As a kid growing up you want that chance to win the Stanley Cup and right now we have that chance. Once you're in there, anything can happen."

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Tale of the Tape: Bruins visit Red Wings

Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 12:15 AM / Tale of the Tape

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The Boston Bruins know they'll be in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the Detroit Red Wings are scrambling to get to the postseason for the 23rd consecutive season. The longtime rivals face off in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, RDS, TSN2). The Bruins clinched the Atlantic Division title last week and are battling for the Presidents' Trophy; the Red Wings are in a clutch of teams battling for the two wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference.

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The Front Line: Nyquist's domination turning heads

Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Before you read this story, go check out this goal scored by Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist on Sunday. Impressive, right?

These are the kind of highlights Nyquist has been creating for the past 20-plus games; basically since the Olympic break. Over the past 30 days in Yahoo leagues, Nyquist is the No. 4 player, behind Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos and Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. To put it in layman's terms, Nyquist has been an elite player for more than a month now.

With several superstars suffering injuries during the most critical time of the season for fantasy owners (Evgeni Malkin, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Matt Duchene, Bobby Ryan), Nyquist has elevated his game and has become a major difference-maker.

In 50 games this season, the 24-year-old has 27 goals, 18 assists, a plus-14, eight penalty minutes, eight power-play points and 138 shots on goal. He currently ranks as the 176th player in Yahoo leagues. But most importantly he has 17 goals, 10 assists and a plus-11 rating in his past 21 games.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs clinching scenarios: April 1

Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 10:51 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

NHL.com

The Pittsburgh Penguins can clinch the Metropolitan Division on Tuesday, while the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning can secure a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Here are the scenarios:

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

The Penguins would clinch the Metropolitan Division title if they defeat the Hurricanes in any fashion OR if they get one point against the Hurricanes AND the Flyers lose to the Blues in any fashion OR if the Flyers lose to the Blues in regulation.

MONTREAL CANADIENS

The Canadiens would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if they defeat the Lightning in any fashion OR if they get one point against the Lightning AND the Capitals lose to the Stars in any fashion OR if the Capitals lose to the Stars in regulation AND the Devils lose to the Sabres in any fashion.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

The Lightning would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if they defeat the Canadiens in any fashion AND the Capitals lose to the Stars in regulation AND the Devils lose to the Sabres in any fashion.

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Playoff contenders vie for nine spots

Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 9:02 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The conclusion to 2013-14 NHL regular season is fast approaching. During game play Tuesday, the League will pass the mark in which there are less than 100 games remaining. Yet, much remains to be decided in the frantic run to the finish line, including playoff qualification, playoff positioning and numerous individual accomplishments and milestones. To celebrate the 13-day countdown to the end of the season April 13 and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 16, NHL.com will provide a piece of playoff-related content each day.

The "if the playoffs began today" game always is fun to play at this time of the year. It's a conversation starter. It generates opinions. It forces analysis. It's also only a hypothetical.

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Daily Primer April 1: Plenty at stake on 11-game night

Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 3:00 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

NHL.com

Nine spots in the Stanley Cup Playoffs are still available, and several teams will be provided an opportunity to increase their chances Tuesday night with 11 games on the NHL schedule.

The New Jersey Devils, who beat the Florida Panthers on Monday and pulled within three points of a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, are back on the ice Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres. The Toronto Maple Leafs, who are two points back of a wild card despite eight straight losses, look to get back on track against the Calgary Flames.

The Columbus Blue Jackets, who hold that aforementioned two-point lead on New Jersey in the East, will host the Colorado Avalanche. In the Western Conference, the St. Louis Blues will look to regain a three-point lead on the Anaheim Ducks after the latter rallied from a 4-0 deficit Monday to beat the Winnipeg Jets. The Blues host the Philadelphia Flyers (8 p.m. ET, TSN2, NBCSN, CSN-PH).

Here's a closer look at the action Tuesday:


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Five Questions: Around the NHL with NBC's McGuire

Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

As NBC's lead "Inside the Glass" analyst, Pierre McGuire has a unique look at the players on the ice, trends in the game, highs and lows on the bench, and an ear on any coaching adjustments before they play out in front of the viewing audience.

Agree or disagree with him, McGuire is a fixture in your living room if you watch games on NBC and NBCSN.

He has been with NBC since 2006 and full-time on the network since 2011. He previously worked for TSN after starting his broadcasting career calling Montreal Canadiens games on the radio in 1997. McGuire also won the Stanley Cup twice as a scout and assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and served as head coach of the Hartford Whalers for part of one season.

McGuire went around the League with NHL.com on Monday for five questions that turned into more because of a long discussion on advanced statistics near the end of the telephone interview.

Before the conversation turned to stats, McGuire touched on Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene's injury, the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs, the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings rookie Gustav Nyquist and which coach will get one of his Jack Adams Award votes.

It's all below.

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Comparisons continue between Vigneault, Tortorella

Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 12:09 AM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella understands his unlikely job swap with Alain Vigneault last summer makes for easy comparisons between the two.

With Vigneault and the New York Rangers back in Vancouver to play his former team at Rogers Arena on Tuesday, Tortorella is also very aware those assessments don't flatter him right now.

Hired to get more out of veteran group that had been knocked quickly out of the past two Stanley Cup Playoffs, Tortorella has the Canucks on the verge of missing the postseason altogether for the first time in six seasons with 79 points. Vigneault's Rangers are second in the Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference with 88 points after winning six of their past seven games.


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Fantasy All-Access: 'March Madness' comes to an end

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Tuesday marks the start of the last month of the NHL regular season and the start of fantasy championships. Before we look forward let's focus on some players that have gone into March like a lion and left that way.

It took Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux 15 games to score a goal this season, but in March he had a League-leading 21 points in the 14 games. The Boston Bruins' Jarome Iginla led the League with 13 goals in the month with one day to go. The Calgary Flames' Mark Giordano is leading all defenseman in scoring with 16 points in 16 games. And the Ottawa Senators' Chris Neil has a league-high 50 penalty minutes with one game to go in the most crucial month in fantasy hockey.

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No clinching scenarios in Monday games

Monday, 03.31.2014 / 10:42 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

NHL.com

The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins are the only teams in the Eastern Conference to have clinched a berth in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Bruins clinched the Atlantic Division title on Saturday.

The St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks and Colorado Avalanche have all clinched spots in the Western Conference.

There are no clinching scenarios for games on Monday.

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