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Round 1

Lightning vs. Blue Jackets playoff preview

Potent offense leads Tampa Bay against Bobrovsky, Columbus

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

Lightning: 62-16-4, 128 points, first in Atlantic

Blue Jackets: 47-31-4, 98 points, fifth in Metropolitan, second wild card in Eastern Conference

Season series: TBL 3-0-0; CBJ 0-3-0

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Bruins vs. Maple Leafs playoff preview

Toronto hoping to finally solve Boston, advance for first time since 2004

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / Staff Writer

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Bruins: 49-24-9, 107 points, second in Atlantic

Maple Leafs: 46-28-8, 100 points, third in Atlantic

Season series: BOS 3-1-0; TOR 1-3-0

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Capitals vs. Hurricanes playoff preview

Washington begins Stanley Cup defense against Carolina

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer

Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes

Capitals: 48-26-8, 104 points, first in Metropolitan

Hurricanes: 46-29-7, 99 points, fourth in Metropolitan, first wild card

Season series: WSH 4-0-0; CAR 0-3-1

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Islanders vs. Penguins playoff preview

New York counting on top defense in NHL to shut down Crosby, Pittsburgh

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Islanders: 48-27-7, 103 points, second in Metropolitan

Penguins: 44-26-12, 100 points, third in Metropolitan

Season series: NYI 2-1-1; PIT 2-1-1

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Predators vs. Stars playoff preview

Nashville looking to continue late-season surge; Dallas reliant on goaltending

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / Staff Writer

Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars

Nashville: 47-29-6, 100 points, first in the Central

Dallas: 43-32-7, 93 points, first wild card in Western Conference

Season series: NSH: 3-2-0; DAL: 2-1-2

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Jets vs. Blues playoff preview

Winnipeg aims to counter St. Louis' structure with up-tempo game

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / Staff Writer

Winnipeg Jets vs. St. Louis Blues

Jets: 47-30-5, 99 points, second in Central

Blues: 45-28-9, 99 points, third in Central

Season series: WPG 3-1-0; STL 1-2-1

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Flames vs. Avalanche playoff preview

Calgary looking for consistent goaltending; Colorado counting on top line

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_NHL / Senior Director of Editorial

Calgary Flames vs. Colorado Avalanche

Flames: 50-25-7, 107 points, first in Pacific

Avalanche: 38-30-14, 90 points, second wild card in Western Conference

Season series: CGY 3-0-0; COL 0-2-1

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Sharks vs. Golden Knights playoff preview

Discipline among keys for San Jose against Vegas in first round

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

San Jose Sharks vs. Vegas Golden Knights

Sharks: 46-27-9, 101 points, second in Central

Golden Knights: 43-32-7, 93 points, third in Central

Season series: SJS 2-2-0; VGK 2-1-1

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