Jim Wilkie examines the aftermath of recent injuries to key players such as Brad Ference, Andy McDonald and Francois Beauchemin.
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Almost every playoff pairing features a good rivalry that will only get stronger after the puck is dropped.
The results haven't been much different for the swooning Blues under new head coach Mike Kitchen.
The Blues' roster and coaching staff will likely undergo a major overhaul if the team doesn't pull out of its freefall.
If Washington is serious about clearing the deck of its most expensive players, it better do it quickly.
Michael Peca will have to continue his top form if he is going to keep the Isles in the playoff hunt.
St. Louis badly needs to beat Detroit to prove it belongs in the elite class of Western Conference contenders.
Minnesota can't believe it will improve upon last season until restricted free agent Marian Gaborik returns.
The Mighty Ducks still have to prove they belong among the elite teams in the Western Conference.
Because of tight-fisted spending, more talented rookies are close to cracking lineups this season.
St. Louis has 72 hours to accept an arbitrator's award of $6.5 million in salary to leading scorer Pavol Demitra.