Posts Tagged Stanley Cup Playoffs

Real season just beginning for Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) collides with Detroit Red Wings' Danny DeKeyser (65) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The statistics are gaudy.

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A look at 10 things to watch in the NHL playoffs

Boston Bruins' David Krejci (46) celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Boston, Saturday, April 12, 2014. The Bruins won 4-1. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Here’s a look at 10 things to watch when the NHL playoffs begin Wednesday with a new format, some stars returning from injuries and renewed rivalries:

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Blue Jackets say just making playoffs not enough

In this April 8, 2014, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky, of Russia, defends the goal against the Phoenix Coyotes in an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio. The Blue Jackets, playing in the postseason for only the second time in franchise history, open the Stanley Cup playoffs at the Pittsburgh Penguins, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets are hoping they have more moments to remember in this year’s foray into the Stanley Cup playoffs than they had the last time.

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Ovechkin says Capitals are in ‘middle of nowhere’

Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates, top center, stands behind right wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, in the overtime portion of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Washington. The Lightning won 1-0 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Explaining early playoff exits became an annual, awkward task for Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. This season, for the first time since 2007, they didn’t even make the postseason, so now there’s something new: real uncertainty.

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Devils on the outside of playoffs looking in again

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — After missing the playoffs for the second straight season and for the third time in four, New Jersey Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello wanted to take a step back to ponder the future rather than rip off a list of changes that the franchise needed to get back to the postseason.

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