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2020 NHL playoffs preview: First-round matchups, series picks

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The 2020 NHL playoffs officially begin on Tuesday, as the 24-team tournament — with five-game qualification round series and round-robin seeding matchups — has moved on to a more recognizable, 16-team version. This round includes several matchups where revenge will be on the mind of one team (or both, for......
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NHL Playoffs Daily: Best series, X factors for next round

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have been eliminated, and the final round-robin games have determined the final pieces of the puzzle in seeding both conferences. The matchups for the quarterfinals of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs are set. So let’s put a bow around the opening round and take a look......
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How the NHL has kept its playoff bubble coronavirus-free — so far

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There have been many extraordinary aspects to the National Hockey League’s return to the ice after it paused its season for the coronavirus pandemic in March. Hockey being played in August. Stanley Cup playoff games held in empty arenas echoing with artificial crowd noise. But perhaps most notable of all......
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Toronto Eliminated by Columbus: Are the Maple Leafs Too Cute to Win?

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Ryan Kennedy, The Hockey News You won’t find one reason that the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 5 – there were several. The whole tenor of the series was always going to come down to......
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Blue Jackets Advance With 3-0 Win Over Maple Leafs

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TORONTO — Joonas Korpisalo stopped 33 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets advanced to the first round of the NHL playoffs with a 3-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in a decisive Game 5 on Sunday night. Zach Werenski’s floater from the left point in the first period held up as......
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NHL Playoffs Daily: Win or go home for Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets

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The round-of-16 matchups in the 2020 NHL playoffs are coming into focus. After the No. 1 seeds were determined Saturday — the Philadelphia Flyers in the East and the Vegas Golden Knights in the West — Sunday’s two round-robin games will give us the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds, with......
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NHL Playoffs Daily: No. 1 seeds on the line

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The NHL postseason bubble is officially bonkers. Friday featured the completion of three series upsets and a stunning late-game rally by the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Columbus Blue Jackets that pushed their series to a fifth and final game. On Saturday, we’ll find out who the Montreal Canadiens and......
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Maple Leafs’ Stars Stepped Up Big. Now They’ll Have to Do it Again

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Ken Campbell, The Hockey News Back in the second round of the 2002 playoffs, my then-colleague David Shoalts of The Globe and Mail wrote one of the all-time greatest leads by penning the following: “The Ottawa Senators have 48 hours......
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Auston Matthews Scores Power-Play Goal in OT, Leafs Tie Series

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http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTc0NTMxMDA2OTU3NjI3Mzgy/image-8-8-20-at-109-am.jpg Associated Press TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period and Auston Matthews scored on a power play 13:10 into overtime to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Friday night, tying the best-of-five qualifying series at two wins apiece. The Leafs scored three......
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Dubois’s Hat Trick, OT Game-Winner Puts Columbus One Win Away From Advancing

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Ken Campbell, The Hockey News The record will show that the Columbus Blue Jackets are leading their qualifying series against the Toronto Maple Leafs because Pierre-Luc Dubois took this series by the throat, put his team on his back and......
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NHL Playoffs Daily: Reckoning Day

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Friday’s NHL slate features the highest stakes we’ve seen yet, with six teams facing elimination. Auston Matthews, Connor McDavid and Sidney Crosby could all potentially go home. Oh, and the teams ranked 22nd (Arizona Coyotes), 23rd (Chicago Blackhawks) and 24th (Montreal Canadiens) in regular-season points percentage can all clinch a......
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Grading the best, worst of NHL bubble fashion

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Under the NHL’s CBA, players are required to wear a suit, dress shirt and tie to the arena on game days “unless otherwise specified by the head coach or manager.” It’s the only major professional sports league in North America with such a strict dress code. “Once you get onto......
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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 Stanley Cup Qualifier Best Bets: Thursday, August 6th

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Three qualifying series games, plus two round-robin contests, are featured on the Thursday NHL playoff schedule. My focus is on two of the matchups. Toronto and Columbus are tied at 1-1 and will play the third game of their Eastern Conference qualifying series. Calgary is up 2-1 on Winnipeg as......
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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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Maple Leafs’ Muzzin out of hospital after collision

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Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin was taken to the hospital and eventually discharged following an on-ice collision during Tuesday’s qualifying round game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was alert and able to move all of his limbs, the team announced, but he will not be available for the......
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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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Jake Muzzin Injury Shows NHL’s Need to Address Cross-Checking

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If Mitch Marner’s version of the events is accurate, the NHL has a very serious problem on its hands. Because it basically means that what this columnist and many other observers have long maintained is indeed the reality. And that is that the power brokers of the NHL are directing......
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Toronto’s Muzzin Taken Off on Stretcher, Alert at Hospital

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Associated Press TORONTO — Auston Matthews and John Tavares scored and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 on Tuesday to even their best-of-five qualifying series at one game. Toronto defenseman Jake Muzzin was taken off the......
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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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