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Daily Primer April 8: Huge night in playoff race

Tuesday, 04.08.2014 / 3:00 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

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A dozen teams that are realistically battling for a spot and/or position in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs will be in action on a busy Tuesday night.

The Detroit Red Wings (37-27-14), who currently hold the top wild-spot in the Eastern Conference, get things started when they visit the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Detroit is one point ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The New York Rangers clinched a playoff berth when the New Jersey Devils lost to the Calgary Flames on Monday, but they're still trying to secure second place in the Metropolitan Division. New York, which is two points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers, hosts the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden. Philadelphia, which has a game in hand, will visit the Florida Panthers.

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Five Questions: Devils' Jagr has drive to keep playing

Tuesday, 04.08.2014 / 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 New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr:

Jaromir Jagr isn't just set on playing next season in the NHL; the 42-year-old right wing for the New Jersey Devils wants to play until he's 50 years old, even if it means finishing his career in his native Czech Republic.

"I don't know where I'm going to play, but I want to still play until I can't walk anymore," Jagr said. "To me, age is nothing. I don't get old. I don't know why. You've gotta ask God, man."

Jagr has shown enough this season to warrant him coming back to the NHL next season, which would be his 21st here and 24th professionally (he played in Russia from 2008-11). He leads the Devils with a team-high 64 points and hasn't missed a game this season. He even played in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Top pick MacKinnon of Avalanche deserves Calder

Tuesday, 04.08.2014 / 1:30 AM / Trophy Tracker

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

With the 2013-14 regular season rapidly coming to a close, NHL.com looks at some of its biggest storylines and award contenders.

During a close race for the Calder Trophy, Colorado Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon often found himself mentioned in the same breath as Wayne Gretzky, even breaking a record held by "The Great One" for 34 years along the way.

Combine that with MacKinnon's standing at or near the top of most major scoring categories and his role in Colorado's stunning turnaround from Western Conference basement dwellers to legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, and the Avalanche forward is NHL.com's pick as the League's top rookie.

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Rangers ride new system, road success into playoffs

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 9:56 PM / Drive to the Playoffs

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

The New York Rangers are back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They clinched their eighth playoff berth in nine seasons when the New Jersey Devils lost 1-0 to the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

The play of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist keyed New York's road to the postseason, but the similarities to past Rangers teams generally end there. The 2013-14 Rangers were propelled by some relatively fresh faces that excelled once they adjusted to the new plan installed by incoming coach Alain Vigneault.

It's an impressive turnaround considering the difficult transition New York had to make at the start of the season. There was a new coach, a new system, a number of players entering their first full season with the team and even a newly-renovated Madison Square Garden. That transition was magnified by a season-opening nine-game road trip on which New York went 3-6-0.

Six months after that challenging trip, the Rangers sit second in the Metropolitan Division. They are two points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers, who hold a game in hand and could face New York in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Here are five reasons the Rangers are headed back to the playoffs.

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Rinaldo suspended four games for illegal check

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 6:05 PM / NHL Department of Player Safety

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NEW YORK -- Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo has been suspended for four games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Buffalo Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel during NHL Game No. 1173 in Philadelphia on Sunday, April 6, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 4:29 of the third period. Rinaldo was assessed a match penalty for illegal check to the head.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Rinaldo will forfeit $15,384.60. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Fantasy All-Access: Keeper candidates to retain

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

We have hit the final week of the NHL regular season and some of our readers are preparing for their fantasy league's championship. For the others, don't worry, we will look at some top young players' keeper value going into next season, because how someone finishes can help you decide if they are worth building your team around.

For those fighting for bragging rights with your friends all summer and that engraving of your name on the league trophy, here are some schedule facts you need to know when setting your lineup this week. Twenty of the 30 NHL teams have four games scheduled, so you will have plenty of good players to choose from.

The Colorado Avalanche play all four games on the road while the Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins play all three of their games at home. Pay attention to those teams' home and road splits when deciding on lineup decisions.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs clinching scenarios: April 7

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 10:32 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

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The New York Rangers are the only NHL team that can secure a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday. Here is the scenario:

NEW YORK RANGERS

The Rangers (idle) would clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs if the New Jersey Devils lose to the Calgary Flames in any fashion.

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Flyers' Rinaldo to have hearing for hit on Ruhwedel

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 6:48 AM / NHL Department of Player Safety

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Philadelphia Flyers center Zac Rinaldo will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Monday for a hit on Buffalo Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel on Sunday Night at Wells Fargo Center.

At 4:29 of the third period, Rinaldo was assessed a match penalty for hitting Ruhwedel near the blue line in the Philadelphia defensive zone. Ruhwedel left the game and did not return.

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Avalanche's Roy deserves Jack Adams Award

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

With the 2013-14 regular season rapidly coming to a close, NHL.com looks at some of its biggest storylines and award contenders.

After finishing with the second-fewest points in the NHL in 2012-13, the Colorado Avalanche experienced major changes in the front office and, ultimately, behind the bench last summer.

Two of the greatest players in the history of the franchise were placed in roles that would help change the culture. Joe Sakic, the former captain and all-time leading scorer, was named executive vice president of hockey operations last May.

Less than two weeks later, Sakic named Patrick Roy, the former goaltender who led them to two Stanley Cup championships, as the sixth coach in Avalanche history. He replaced Joe Sacco after the Avalanche missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a third straight season.

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Playoff Countdown: Questions abound in final week

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 12:35 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The conclusion to 2013-14 NHL regular season is fast approaching. After game play Sunday, the League is down to 55 games remaining on the schedule, with three to be played Monday. 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 seven-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 2013-14 regular season ends Sunday, but there are still plenty of questions that need answers in the final week of games before the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 16.

We know the Boston Bruins are the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, but the St. Louis Blues have not secured that spot in the West. The Anaheim Ducks, who led the Pacific Division for much of the season, could still finish second in the division and be faced with the task of playing their heated rival, the Los Angeles Kings, in the first round.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, who were in prime position to make the playoffs for much of the season, are in serious danger of seeing their season end Saturday night.

Here are seven questions to be answered in the final week of the regular season:

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