The NHL playoff picture was unclear until the final day of the regular season.  The Chicago Blackhawks got some help from the Minnesota Wild, and as a result, they will be able to defend their Stanley Cup championship. The Dallas Stars loss has produced one of the classic first-round matchups NHL fans love to watch: Chicago versus Vancouver.  Will the Vancouver Canucks choke again?  Chicago has eliminated Vancouver for two consecutive post-seasons now.  Or perhaps the magic of the Vancouver Canucks' 40th NHL season will continue?

The Washington Capitals noticeably changed their game this season to fit a playoff style.  Will this allow them to fulfill their playoff desires?  How about the Sharks, Ducks, or Kings? California is fully represented for the...

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