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Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round predictions

NHL.com staff members make their picks for eight series

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The Stanley Cup Qualifiers were not kind to the NHL.com staff members who made their predictions for the best-of-5 series and round-robin. None of the 16 who made picks had a winning record, with five finishing 4-4.

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Lehner to start Game 1 for Golden Knights against Blackhawks

Goalie gets call vs. Chicago, which traded him to Vegas, in opener of first-round series

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Robin Lehner will be the starting goalie for the Vegas Golden Knights when they play the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS, ATTSN-RM; NBCSCH).

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Hamilton game-time decision for Hurricanes in Game 1 vs. Bruins

Defenseman to take warmups before Playoff opener; left practice in discomfort July 22

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Dougie Hamilton will be a game-time decision for the Carolina Hurricanes against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS, NESN, FS-CR).

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Stanley Cup Playoff first-round storylines include Blues' title defense

Momentum from Qualifiers, production of top players among things to watch for

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

We've already seen dramatic comebacks, unpredictable upsets, the top teams in each conference tumble down the seedings and new teams rise to the No. 1 spots.

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Toffoli out for Canucks in Game 1 of Playoffs against Blues

Forward hasn't practiced, remains unfit to play after missing past three

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Tyler Toffoli will not play for the Vancouver Canucks against the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Wednesday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, FS-MW).

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Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round schedule

Best-of-7 series to be played in Toronto, Edmonton

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Here is the schedule for today and the series-by-series schedule for the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Cup Playoffs. All Eastern Conference games will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto; Western Conference games will be held at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

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Penguins 'not the same team' after Qualifiers loss to Canadiens, GM says

Rutherford seeks changes in attitude, personnel following second straight early postseason exit

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

The Pittsburgh Penguins need changes in attitude and personnel after losing their first postseason series for a second straight season, general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday.

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Lundqvist's future unclear, Rangers won't carry three goalies next season

President says 'we'll handle things the right way' with longtime starter

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The New York Rangers will not go into next season with three goalies on the roster, general manager Jeff Gorton said Tuesday.

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Carlson game-time decision for Capitals in Game 1 against Islanders

Norris Trophy finalist could return in Playoffs; Eller out for opener

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

John Carlson will be a game-time decision for the Washington Capitals when they play the New York Islanders in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Wednesday (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS, NBCSWA, MSG, MSG +).

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Lindblom joins Flyers in hub city for Playoffs

Forward near end of seven-day quarantine, completed cancer treatment July 2

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Oskar Lindblom has joined the Philadelphia Flyers for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Scheifele forgives Tkachuk for hit against Jets center in Qualifiers

Has 'no hard feelings' toward Flames forward after leg injury knocked him out of series

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Mark Scheifele said he does not hold a grudge against Matthew Tkachuk for a hit that knocked the Winnipeg Jets center out of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers against the Calgary Flames.

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NHL Draft

Mock 2020 NHL Draft: Lafreniere to Rangers, Wild get No. 9 pick

New York owns No. 1 choice after Second Phase of Lottery; Minnesota could take goalie

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Following the Second Phase of the NHL Draft Lottery on Monday, NHL.com writers Adam Kimelman, Mike G. Morreale and Guillaume Lepage make their predictions for how the first 15 selections of the 2020 NHL Draft could turn out.

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Rangers win No. 1 pick in 2020 NHL Draft in Second Phase of Lottery

Awarded after losing in Cup Qualifiers, selections 1-15 set for first round Oct. 9

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Rangers win No. 1 pick

Rangers win top pick for 2020 NHL Draft

The New York Rangers receive the top selection in the 2020 NHL Draft

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The New York Rangers have the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft after winning the Second Phase of the NHL Draft Lottery on Monday.

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Pacioretty ready to rejoin Golden Knights for Game 1 against Blackhawks

Forward out since July 20 'working my hardest' to prepare for first round

by Tracey Myers @Tramyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Max Pacioretty said he's ready to play for the top-seeded Vegas Golden Knights against the eighth-seeded Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the best-of-7 Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS).

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Stanley Cup Playoffs fantasy pool mock draft

NHL.com has 105-player simulation for 2020 postseason, including team goalies

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

NHL.com has conducted a fantasy hockey mock draft (15 teams, 105 players) for playoff pools that count the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

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3 Keys: Hurricanes vs. Bruins, Game 1 of Eastern First Round

Hamilton game-time decision for Carolina; Boston must reignite offense

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

No. 5 Hurricanes vs. No. 4 Bruins

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS, NESN, FS-CR

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Projected lineups, starting goalies for today

Latest line combinations, defense pairs, injury news from NHL.com writers

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Below are projected lineups compiled by NHL.com staff writers and independent correspondents. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

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NHL Draft

Rangers win No. 1 pick, give another assist to late NYPD officer's badge

GM 2-for-2 with shield at Draft Lottery in latest big step in New York's rebuild

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Jeff Gorton's good luck charm worked again, and the New York Rangers should have another potential top-level talent joining them soon.

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3 Keys: Blackhawks vs. Golden Knights, Game 1 of Western First Round

Pacioretty should return for Vegas; Chicago tries to maintain scoring prowess

by Mike. G. Morreale @MikeMorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

No. 8 Blackhawks vs. No. 1 Golden Knights 

10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS, ATTSN-RM, NBCSCH

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Kubalik confident heading into Stanley Cup Playoffs with Blackhawks

Rookie forward ready to face No. 1-seeded Golden Knights after scoring six points in Qualifiers

by Tracey Myers @Tramyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Dominik Kubalik admits he was somewhat unsure of himself.

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First Round

Capitals' practice at Fort Dupont rink 'will enlighten every kid there'

Planned visit part of team's focus on diversity in hockey, racial equality

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Neal Henderson thinks about the Washington Capitals' plan to practice at Fort Dupont Ice Arena and envisions it as a potential seminal moment for the youth hockey players and students who attend.

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Tallon leaves as general manager of Panthers after 10 seasons

Florida eliminated by Islanders in Qualifiers, hasn't won playoff series since 1996

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Dale Tallon no longer the general manager of the Florida Panthers after 10 seasons.

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Capitals vs. Islanders playoff preview

Washington's top scorers key against tight New York defense in first round

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The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs features 16 teams in eight best-of-7 series, which start Tuesday. 

Today, NHL.com previews the series between the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders, which will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, the hub city for the Eastern Conference.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs fantasy pool rankings

NHL.com lists top 100 overall players for 2020 postseason; podcast analysis

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

NHL.com ranks the top 100 players for fantasy hockey pools in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

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Stanley Cup handoff offers many options for captains

Candidates for first pass of trophy at conclusion of championship series

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

Every hockey player dreams of winning the Stanley Cup. After NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman hands it to the captain of the winning team, the question becomes who will receive it next.

In 2001, Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic didn't lift the Cup; instead, he handed it to defenseman Ray Bourque, who had just completed his 22nd NHL season by winning his first championship. In 2018, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin gave it to longtime linemate Nicklas Backstrom. In 2019, St. Louis Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo handed it to defenseman Jay Bouwmeester after he won it for the first time in 16 NHL seasons.

Who could get the first handoff this season? A rookie, a veteran or someone who's lifted it before?

Here's a look at who could get the first handoff for each of the 16 teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs:

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Avalanche vs. Coyotes playoff preview

Kuemper, underdog mentality keys for Arizona against No. 2-seeded Colorado in West first round

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The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs features 16 teams in eight best-of-7 series, which start Tuesday.

Today, NHL.com previews the series between the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes, which will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton, the hub city for the Western Conference.

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Blues vs. Canucks playoff preview

Play of St. Louis center O'Reilly, Vancouver rookie defenseman Hughes key in first round

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The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs features 16 teams in eight best-of-7 series, which start Tuesday.

Today, NHL.com previews the series between the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks, which will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton, the hub city for the Western Conference.

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Flyers vs. Canadiens playoff preview

Goaltending matchup between rookie Hart, veteran Price will be key in Eastern Conference First Round

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The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs features 16 teams in eight best-of-7 series, which start Tuesday. 

Today, NHL.com previews the series between the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens, which will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, the hub city for the Eastern Conference.

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