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The cases for, against permanently expanding the NHL playoffs

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Alarm. Breakfast. Hockey. Dinner. Sleep. Repeat. This is the life cycle in the NHL’s restarted season, for the 24 teams involved in the two hub cities and the bleary-eyed fans watching from home. It’s like a housebound hockey Coachella — a “Couch-ella,” if you will — as the made-for-TV tournament......
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NHL Playoffs Daily: Jets face elimination, 12-seeds on verge of shockers

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The Winnipeg Jets face elimination, while the Toronto Maple Leafs hope to roll on despite the loss of key defenseman Jake Muzzin. And oh yeah, the NHL’s two No. 12 seeds have the No. 5 seeds on the brink. We told you this was going to be like March Madness!......
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Determined Canadiens Have Penguins on Brink of Another Early Exit

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Ken Campbell, The Hockey News These are not your father’s Montreal Canadiens. Check that, depending on how old you are, these actually might resemble your dad’s Habs. But they’re certainly not your grandfather’s. That much was evident when coach Claude......
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NHL Playoffs Daily: Rangers out, Islanders one win away from moving on

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And on the fourth day of bubble hockey, we got a very pretty pass, a fake punch … and a sweep. Send some congrats to the Carolina Hurricanes, the first team to qualify for the next round. The Canes also get up to a week’s rest before the next round......
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NHL Playoffs Daily: Eliminations already?

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The New York Rangers face elimination on Tuesday, and others could be in the same spot after today’s slate of games. Keep this in mind: Teams with a 2-0 lead are 55-1 (98.2 percent) in winning a best-of-five series, which the league had held most recently from 1980 to ’86.......
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48 hours of hockey: The NHL postseason viewing diary

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The NHL returned this past weekend to restart its season with a 24-team postseason tournament, featuring both a round-robin series for the top seeds and a best-of-five qualification round for the others. The league adopted an “All Day Hockey” approach, with puck drop of the first game on Saturday at......
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Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Penguins, Rangers, Oilers, Jets look to even up their series

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Day 2 of the NHL restart was just as exciting as the opener, as hockey fans were treated to fantastic goaltending performances, more upsets and a buzzer-beater. As we head to Game 2s of the qualification round, let it be known that teams that win Game 1 in a best-of-5......
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Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Penguins, Rangers, Oilers, Jets look to even up their series

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Day 2 of the NHL restart was just as exciting as the opener, as hockey fans were treated to fantastic goaltending performances, more upsets and a buzzer-beater. As we head to Game 2s of the qualification round, let it be known that teams that win Game 1 in a best-of-5......
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Suzuki, Price Power Canadiens Past Penguins in Game 1

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTc0NDAwNDM3MjY3NDc0MDU0/canadiens-pens-suzuki.jpg Ken Campbell, The Hockey News When the NHL rolled out its return-to-play format approximately 14 years ago, one of the biggest criticisms of the scheme was that an elite team such as, say, the Pittsburgh Penguins, could be upset by an undeserving 12 seed such as, say, the Montreal......
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Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: Round-robin time

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The first day of the NHL’s restarted season produced a few shocking moments, a few controversies and a speech that hockey fans won’t soon forget. Day 2 brings the start of the round-robin games among the top seeds and the rest of the qualification round series, as the Eastern Conference......
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Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: The NHL postseason begins!

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The NHL’s postseason is officially underway with the most unconventional Stanley Cup tournament in the trophy’s 127-year history. With five games staggered throughout Saturday between the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, we have a March Madness-style buffet of hockey. Here’s a primer of what to look for in......
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‘March Madness, but for hockey’: The lapsed fan’s guide to the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs

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The NHL returns on Saturday, with a five-game slate beginning at noon ET with the New York Rangers against the Carolina Hurricanes and lasting through the Winnipeg Jets–Calgary Flames tilt that begins at 10:30 p.m. ET. As a service to fans who have a general interest in NHL hockey but......
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2020 NHL postseason: Picks for qualification round, Stanley Cup

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After months of a pandemic-induced pause, the NHL returns in earnest Saturday. Players will hit the ice again as the NHL’s return-to-play plan hits Phase 4 and the postseason begins. Unlike the traditional playoff format, the league is running a 24-team tournament, with 12 teams from each conference playing in......
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2020 NHL playoffs at a glance: Game schedule, previews, picks and more

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On March 12, the NHL hit the pause button on the 2019-20 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday, players will hit the ice again as the NHL’s return-to-play plan hits Phase 4 and the postseason begins. Unlike the traditional playoff format, the league is running a 24-team tournament,......
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2020 NHL postseason preview: Qualification-round matchups, series picks

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On March 12, the NHL hit the pause button on the 2019-20 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday, players will hit the ice again as the NHL’s return-to-play plan hits Phase 4 and the postseason begins. Unlike the traditional playoff format, the league is running a 24-team tournament,......
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NHL return-to-play update: Game schedule, injury news, lingering ‘bubble’ questions

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It has been 137 days since the NHL hit the pause button on the 2019-20 season because of the coronavirus pandemic … and we’re now five days away from the start of the 24-team postseason tournament to determine the 2020 Stanley Cup champion. As players, coaches, broadcasters and fans look......
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What if LeBron, Messi, Serena and Aaron Donald faced off in tug of war?

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The opening ceremonies of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo would have begun this week. Instead, because of the coronavirus pandemic, they are postponed until 2021. One sport that won’t be there: tug of war. It once was. That’s right, when legendary American athlete Jim Thorpe traveled to Stockholm for......
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The 10 people we’re rooting for in the NHL’s restart

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Let’s begin by stating the obvious: What we’re rooting for the most when the NHL restarts its season a week from Saturday in Toronto and Edmonton is health and safety. That the bubbles are secure, and the protocols are followed. That the physical and mental health of everyone involved in......
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Are NHL coaches worried about players breaking the postseason bubbles?

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John Tortorella gathered around his Columbus Blue Jackets for their first day of training camp in the NHL’s restarted season. The famously direct coach explained what he expected from them under the league’s COVID-19 “return to play” protocols. “We don’t want a bunch of drama. We’re trying to win a......
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Who Will Win the Penguins vs. Canadiens Qualifying Round?

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTc0MTI3NjgxODc5NjgwMjg1/evgeni-malkin-phillip-danault-penguins-canadiens-nhl-playoffs.jpg The Hockey News PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – By Ryan Kennedy Try and find logic in Pittsburgh’s 2019-20 season – we dare you. The Penguins persevered through an unholy number of injuries for much of the campaign, losing stars such as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guentzel and Kris Letang at......

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