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Fleury's health key to Penguins' success

Goalie, out since April 1, could return to face Rangers in first round

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin this week with 16 teams battling to claim hockey's greatest prize. Here are the CFP Keys to Success for two teams squaring off in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Wednesday: The New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins (8 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports, MSG, ROOT).

The big question facing the Penguins was the health of their No. 1 goaltender, but Marc-Andre Fleury is on the mend after he returned to practice Monday for the first time since being diagnosed with a concussion April 1. Fleury said he's feeling good and has been symptom-free the past few days but would not commit to starting Game 1.

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Finding offense immediately key for Bruins

Face crucial matchup against Red Wings on Thursday

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CFP Keys to Success: BOS, LAK

Bruins seek offense at home, Kings need consistency

The CFP Keys to Success looks at the need for the Bruins offensive stars to break out at home and the Los Angeles Kings seeking consistency

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The push to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs is in high gear with less than a week left in the regular season. The stakes have been raised and the games are of greater magnitude.

Here are the CFP Keys to Success for teams either holding on to precious playoff positions or trying to improve its place in the standings:

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Better defensive play key for Bruins in playoff push

Despite injuries, Boston defensemen have to be better; Detroit needs continued strong efforts from goaltenders

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CFP Keys to Success: BOS, DET

B's look to solidify defense, Wings leaning on Howard

The CFP Keys to Success looks at the impact of injury on the Bruins defense and the Red Wings relying on their veteran goaltender Jimmy Howard

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The push to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs is in high gear with less than a week left in the regular season. The stakes have been raised and the games are of greater magnitude.

Here are the CFP Keys to Success for teams either holding on to precious playoff positions or trying to improve its place in the standings:

NOW OR NEVER FOR B'S

It's do-or-die for the Boston Bruins in the final week of the regular season. The Bruins are reeling with two wins in their past nine games (2-7-0) and are one point behind the Philadelphia Flyers for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference with the Flyers holding a game in hand.

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Getting Eric Staal rolling key to Rangers' success

Faces former team for first time; Panthers, Lightning must make up for key injury losses

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CFP Keys to the Success: E. Staal

E. Staal heating up, Panthers dealing with injury

The CFP Keys to Success looks at the impact of moving Eric Staal to the wing and the need for Bolts and Panthers to step up facing injuries

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The push to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs is in high gear with less than two weeks left in the regular season. The stakes have been raised and the games are of greater magnitude.

Here are the CFP Keys to Success for teams either holding on to precious playoff positions or trying to improve their place in the standings:

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Elliott, Allen leading Blues' keys to success

Goalies have combined for 240:18 of shutout hockey; Bruins seek more scoring

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CFP Keys to Success: Blues, Isles

Blues goalie duo stepping up, Bruins seek offense

The CFP Keys to Success looks at the Blues' current shutout streak, the Bruins desperate need for offense, and the Islanders shaky goaltending

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The push to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs is in high gear with less than two weeks left in the regular season. The stakes have been raised and the games are of greater magnitude.

Here are the CFP Keys to Success for teams either holding on to precious playoff positions or trying to improve its place in the standings:

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Avalanche climb harder without top scorers

Colorado missing Duchene, MacKinnon for at least two more games

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com staff writer

CFP Keys to Success: Avs, Crosby

Avs need to overcome injuries, Pens riding Crosby

The CFP Keys to Success looks at the Avalanche's injury situation, Minnesota leaning on Devan Dubnyk, and the Pens riding Crosby's streak

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The push to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs is in high gear with less than a month left in the regular season. The stakes have been raised and the games are of greater magnitude.

Here are the CFP Keys to Success for teams either holding on to precious playoff positions or trying to improve its place in the standings:

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Mason key to Flyers' success

Goalie asked to shoulder load down stretch for Philadelphia

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CFP Keys to Success: Goaltenders

Flyers, Stars, Sharks to lean on goalies down stretch

The CFP Keys to Success looks at the goaltending situations down the stretch for the Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, and San Jose Sharks

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The push to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs is in high gear with less than three weeks remaining in the regular season. The stakes have been raised and the games are of greater magnitude.

Here are the CFP Keys to Success for teams either holding on to playoff positions or trying to improve its place in the standings:

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Red Wings face tough road to playoffs

Winning away from home key to Detroit's success

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CFP Keys to Success: Wings, Kings

Red Wings Slow Starts, Kings Duo, Sharks Road Success

The CFP Keys to Success looks at the Detroit Red Wings slow starts, the Kings duo of Anze Kopitar and Milan Lucic, and the Sharks road success

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The push to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs is in high gear with less than a month left in the regular season. The stakes have been raised and the games are of greater magnitude. 

Here are the CFP Keys to Success for teams either holding onto precious playoff positions or trying to improve their place in the standings:

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Winning without Malkin key for Pittsburgh

Wild-card battles in East, West on tap this week

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CFP Keys to Success: Bubble Teams

Pens without Malkin, Wild-Avs battle for playoffs

The CFP Keys to Success looks at the Pittsburgh Penguins without injured forward Evgeni Malkin and the Wild and Avs fighting for a playoff spot

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The push to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs is in high gear with less than a month left in the regular season. The stakes have been raised and the games are of greater magnitude.

Here are the CFP Keys to Success for teams either holding on to precious playoff positions or trying to secure one:

The Pittsburgh Penguins, who will be without center Evgeni Malkin for 6-8 weeks, return home to face the New York Islanders on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SNO, SNW, SNP, MSG+, ROOT, NHL.TV) following a four-game road trip.

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