The Nation Drafts Playoff Pool: Play for Charity, Fun, and Glory

Ryan Pike
April 09 2015 09:27AM

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It's nearly the end of the hockey season, and while we're starting to get excited at the prospect of the playoffs(!), we're also excited to announce the return of something we do every year at this time: the Nation Drafts playoff pool!

The Nation Drafts playoff pool is fun, inexpensive, proceeds benefit a worthy cause, and you could win prizes! What's not to love? Read on for more details.

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TWO GAMES LEFT: An in-depth look at how the playoff races can play out over the next few days

Cam Lewis
April 09 2015 08:00AM

Two points separates five teams in the Eastern Conference with two games to go. The picture is similar in the West, as three teams separated by just three points of one another teams duke it out for the final two playoff spots. Simply put, these last two games are huge. Any of Calgary, Winnipeg, Detroit, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh, or Boston could relinquish their spot to Ottawa or Los Angeles. 

What are the possible playoff scenarios? What’s most likely to happen? Let’s take a look.

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It all comes down to this: the Sens and Pens play for their playoff lives on Tuesday

Cam Lewis
April 06 2015 06:30AM

I’ll be honest, this isn’t what I expected from the Eastern Conference playoff race.

A week ago, I broke down the playoff race in the East and figured that it was down to three teams and one spot — the Bruins, Senators and Panthers. Since then, the Bruins have heated up, while the Red Wings and Penguins are imploding, making the standings a hell of a lot more unpredictable than they were last week. Now there’s three teams tied with 95 points and the Senators on the outside looking in with 93 points. 

The best part about it, though, is the Senators are going to face the Penguin tomorrow night in a game that will very likely determine which team grabs a playoff spot in the confusing Eastern Conference. 

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First Star, Worst Star: April 5th, 2015

jeanshorts
April 05 2015 03:30PM

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Happy Easter everyone! I hope you've all gotten sufficiently full on ham, chocolate, and the blood of Jesus. Before settling in for a late nap/early bed time here's First Star, Worst Star rising from the dead like the Easter Bunny!

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Milestone watching in Florida: Luongo and Jagr

Cam Lewis
April 05 2015 09:00AM

The playoff dream for the Panthers may be all but dead at this point, but it’s still been a pretty interesting season in Sunrise. The Panthers have an exciting core of young players, but perhaps the most interesting aspect of the team is they boast both the NHL’s active leader in wins for a goaltender and points scored by a skater. It’s an interesting blend of young talent and veteran legacy, that’s for sure. 

I’m sure most people know that already, but Roberto Luongo and Jaromir Jagr have both been tearing up their respective all time leader boards this season. Jagr currently sits fourth all time with 1,798 points, while Luongo is 11th all time with 400 wins. 

Realistically, where will these guys end up? Can Luongo get anywhere near Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur? Can Jagr surpass Gordie Howe and Mark Messier and become the second more prolific scorer in league history? 

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