Watch the Game Episode 35: Partial Playoff Preview

Sam Blazer
April 18 2017 04:36PM

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Adam is back and he joins Sam to preview the playoffs. They agree on the Eastern Conference but you aren't going to believe who they like in the Western Conference. 


Enjoy the best time of the year!

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The Nation Notebook: Wild in tough, Snow's security, and KHL shenanigans

Christian Pagnani
April 17 2017 07:00AM

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The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article. 

The playoffs have begun! The Blues have taken a 3-0 in their series against the Wild. The NHL says Garth Snow is doing okay. Matt Calvert gets a game off for his cross-check. One KHL team might be doing whatever it takes to win.

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Goalies and the Playoffs Part 3: How to Win a Series

Joel Short
April 16 2017 10:30AM

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We know that goalie performance is a major factor to playoff success. I wanted to get a better sense of just how big a factor it is, so I looked at shot volume and Sv% for every best of 7 playoff series since 1984. (I excluded the first round for 84 to 86, since it was then a best of 5.) 

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NHL First Round Preview: Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators

Megan Kim
April 13 2017 01:04PM

This is part of a playoff preview series based at NHLNumbers.com

While some of the playoff landscape is not quite what we've been used to -- welcome back, Leafs and Oilers -- we're at least in familiar territory with the Central Division. Stop me if you've heard this before: The Chicago Blackhawks coasted to a first place finish in the Central (and the Western Conference) and will face the second wild card in the first round. This year, the second wild card happens to be the Nashville Predators.

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NHL First Round Playoff Preview: Washington Capitals vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Scott Maxwell
April 13 2017 10:16AM

Here ye, here ye, let me tell you the tale of David and Goliath. In the words of the ancient prophet who hails from Toronto, Drake, the Toronto Maple Leafs "started from the bottom, now we here". The Maple Leafs finished in last place, and despite upgrading their goaltending and goal scoring, with those being their biggest problems in their last place finish, many still picked the Leafs to finish bottom five. However, they proved everyone wrong (except Jeff Veillette), on route to their best season in the cap era, thanks to young rookies Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander.

Meanwhile, the Washington Capitals had another Goliath season, with their second consecutive Presidents trophy. And as if the team wasn't good enough, they added Kevin Shattenkirk at the deadline to an already stacked team. They had a slight bump after that, but are red hot going into the post season to face the inexperienced Maple Leafs.

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