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Playoff Countdown: Six goalies in playoff spotlight

Tuesday, 04.08.2014 / 8:58 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

The conclusion to 2013-14 NHL regular season is fast approaching. After game play Monday, the League is down to 52 games remaining on the schedule, with 10 to be played Tuesday. 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 six-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 Stanley Cup Playoffs can be an emotional pressure cooker for every player, but no position feels the white-hot heat of the spotlight more than the goaltender. Every mistake is amplified and announced by a flashing red light. Reputations that took all season to build can be shattered in two weeks, or forged forever during two months.

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Daily Primer April 8: Huge night in playoff race

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

NHL.com

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

NHL.com

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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Lightning sign GM Yzerman to contract extension

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 3:57 PM / News

NHL.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed general manager Steve Yzerman to a four-year contract extension. Yzerman had one year left on his current contract.

The Lightning are heading to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in Yzerman's four seasons. They made it all the way to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final in 2011 before losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.

"Since the day Steve agreed to serve as our vice president and general manager, he has worked tirelessly to transform our hockey department and establish the groundwork for sustained success," Lightning chairman and governor Jeff Vinik said in making the announcement. "We are very pleased with Steve's job performance thus far, and I am fully confident Steve remains the right person to continue to lead us.

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Signings roundup: Faragher agrees to contract

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 2:50 PM / News

NHL.com

The Anaheim Ducks on Monday signed collegiate free-agent goaltender Ryan Faragher to a one-year entry-level contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Faragher, 23, won 53 games over three seasons with St. Cloud State with a 2.58 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and five shutouts. As a sophomore, he led the school to its first Frozen Four appearance and Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season title.

Faragher comes off a season in which he led St. Cloud State to the NCAA West Regional Final and made the National Collegiate Hockey Conference second team. He was 20-9-4 with a 2.79 GAA, .905 save percentage and one shutout. He led the NCHC with 14 conference wins.

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Knee surgery to sideline Maple Leafs' Lupul

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 2:01 PM / News

NHL.com

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul will require knee surgery that will sideline him at least three weeks.

Lupul returned to the lineup Saturday after missing one game due to injury, but left after two periods. He has 22 goals and 44 points in 69 games this season.

"He is going to have surgery done on his knee," coach Randy Carlyle said. "It's a meniscus procedure and will be done arthroscopically. It will be three weeks to a month recovery."

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Gorges expecting return to Canadiens lineup

Monday, 04.07.2014 / 1:59 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges took part in his first full practice with his teammates Monday since breaking his hand and said afterward he expects to be in uniform Wednesday when the Canadiens face the Chicago Blackhawks on the road.

"We'll have to get final word from the doctor," Gorges said, "but as far as I know I'm cleared and ready to go."

Gorges has missed the past 15 games with a broken left hand, the result of blocking a Mason Raymond slap shot in a 4-3 overtime win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 1. Gorges played two more games with the injury before he and the team decided surgery was the best course of action.

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