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  1. Links from around the rink - Apr. 23

    Tim Kavanagh

    One down, seven to go. The Tampa Bay Lightning became the first team eliminated from the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, bowing out in four games to the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs will square off against the winner of the Boston Bruins...

    Blog | April 23, 2014
  2. Is Callahan part of the Lightnings future?

    Craig Custance

    Just like that, it's over. Four games lost to the Montreal Canadiens, and one of the most fascinating seasons in recent Tampa Bay Lightning history is done. This season, we saw Ben Bishop emerge as one of the league's best goalies. Jon Cooper was...

    Blog | April 22, 2014
  3. Is Colorado's defense Cup-caliber?

    Craig Custance

    They know what people think. They know some people look at their team and admire a group of young forwards whose talent stacks up with any in the league, especially with the unveiling of Nathan MacKinnon in the first two games of the playoffs. The...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  4. Expectations on MacKinnon's first playoffs

    Craig Custance

    DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy was a 20-year-old when he first had the opportunity to play in the NHL playoffs, backstopping the Montreal Canadiens. For reasons he can't remember now -- because he estimates he weighed about 165 pounds...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  5. Ranking postseason goalies

    Craig Custance

    With the playoff matchups set and the countdown to the postseason underway, we're ranking the top playoff teams by position. On Monday, the forward groups were ranked. On Tuesday, it was the defensemen's turn. Today, here's the ranking of the goalten...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  6. NHL Playoffs 2014 - How goalies in playoffs stack up

    Matthew Coller

    Matthew Coller of Hockey Prospectus reintroduces the Goalie Heat Index to project which netminders can get hot and steal a series in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

    Story | Conversation | April 16, 2014
  7. Ranking postseason defenseman groups

    Craig Custance

    With the playoff matchups set and the countdown to the playoffs underway, we're ranking the top playoff teams by position. On Monday, the forward groups were ranked. Today, here's the ranking of the 16 playoff defenseman groups: 1. St. Louis Bl...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  8. One key stat plus a prediction for every series - NHL Playoffs 20...

    Matthew Coller and Ryan Wagman

    Matthew Coller and Ryan Wagman of Hockey Prospectus identify one key stat for every NHL playoff series, weighing in with their prediction on whether the trend will continue as well as picking a winner in each series.

    Story | Conversation | April 15, 2014
  9. Ranking the postseason forward groups

    Craig Custance

    With the playoff matchups set and the countdown to the playoffs officially underway, we're ranking all 16 playoff teams by position. Up first, we'll rank the forward groups. Note that the Corsi stats are courtesy of ExtraSkater.com, while the other s...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  10. Improving the NHL playoff format

    Craig Custance

    When the question was first posed to fans, the response from many was natural: Why fix something that's perfect? NHL playoff hockey is as good a product as there is. A playoff hockey game is better than anything played in March on college basketba...

    Blog | April 11, 2014
  11. Fantasy Grapevine: UFA forwards

    Victoria Matiash

    There's a unique state of limbo reserved only for NHL players in the final year of their current contracts. It's not uncommon to begin the season with one club, join a second for (fingers crossed) a playoff run, only to sign with a third in the offse...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  12. The most dangerous potential wild cards

    Craig Custance

    There's going to be one upset -- at least. That's just how the NHL postseason works. It's a league of parity, plus one of these teams battling to get in will just keep on rolling against a team that's been coasting for weeks. Really, once you establi...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  13. Links from around the rink: Apr. 6

    Tim Kavanagh

    It's a battle of attrition for some NHL teams as the playoffs near. We know well how banged up some of the top contenders -- including the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and Pittsburgh Penguins -- have been as of late, but it's a problem for ...

    Blog | April 06, 2014
  14. Should Drouin be brought up for playoffs?

    Craig Custance

    It would have to start with an upset. Jonathan Drouin and his Halifax Mooseheads swept their way through the first round of the QMJHL playoffs in convincing fashion, outscoring Charlottetown 28-8. In those four games, Drouin racked up an impressive 1...

    Blog | April 01, 2014
  15. Looking ahead for the Buffalo Sabres

    Craig Custance

    As each NHL team is eliminated from the 2014 postseason, the focus shifts to 2014-15. Here's an early look at the Buffalo Sabres' offseason priorities, projected lineups for next season, free-agent targets, cap space and more. What happened in 201...

    Blog | March 20, 2014
  16. Is the point system debate returning?

    Craig Custance

    It's been brought up before, although without much success. At one NHL general managers meeting a couple of years after the lockout that gave birth to the shootout, the idea to give three points to a regulation win was presented. And then shot down q...

    Blog | January 21, 2014