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(L-R) Matt Irwin #52, Martin Havlat #9 and Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on April 12, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Hartnett’s Fearless 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Predictions

Any goalie can catch fire and carry a team to glory, one key injury can suddenly decimate the hopes of a legitimate Cup contender and an unheralded player can step forward and have the series of his life.

04/15/2014

Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins throws shirts into the crowd during fan appreciation night at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

It’s Here! A Look At 10 Things To Watch In The NHL Playoffs

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.

04/15/2014

Head coach Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins gestures from the bench in third-period action in an NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on April 10, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Friedman: Predicting The 1st Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin on April 16, and despite the new format, you can expect the same fast-paced, exciting hockey you crave this time of year.

04/14/2014

Jakub Voracek #93 of the Philadelphia Flyers controls the puck against Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers at Wells Fargo Center on October 24, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rivalry Renewed — Rangers-Flyers Playoffs Preview

It’s been 17 years since the Rangers and Flyers met in the playoffs. There’s a sense of enormity brewing ahead of what should be a memorable, tightly fought, blood-and-guts kind of series.

04/14/2014

Brad Richards and Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers battle for the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on October 24, 2013. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Rangers Playoff Schedule: Dates, Times For Opening Series Against Flyers

“It’s a pretty good rivalry,” Rangers forward Brian Boyle said last week, “because we hate each other.” Here’s what you’ll need to know to set the DVR.

04/14/2014

MONTREAL, QC - APRIL 12:  Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens gets down to stop the puck on an attempt by Anton Stralman #6 of the New York Rangers during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on April 12, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Canadiens defeated the Rangers 1-0 in overtime.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Gionta’s OT Goal Helps Canadiens Beat Rangers 1-0

Brian Gionta scored on a penalty shot at 2:04 of overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers in the final NHL regular-season game for both teams Saturday night.

04/12/2014

Rick Nash of the New York Rangers celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place on March 30, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Make No Mistake, Nash Is A Game-Changer Who Gets Way Too Much Grief

He probably won’t win the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy again, nor will he “freight train” opponents for the entirety of 60 minutes — but there’s no doubting the unmistakable game-changing value that Rick Nash brings to the Rangers.

04/11/2014

The Rangers' Benoit Pouliot celebrates his second-period goal with Kevin Klein on April 10, 2014, at Madison Square Garden. (credit: Getty Images)

Rangers Edge Sabres, Clinch Home Ice In 1st Round

Rick Nash scored the winning goal with 1:42 left, on New York’s third shot of the third period, and the Rangers improved their chances for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

04/11/2014

The Flyers’ Zac Rinaldo, bottom, tangles with the Rangers’ Derek Dorsett during a first-period fight at the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 24, 2013 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Boyle On Potential Rangers-Flyers Playoff Series: ‘We Hate Each Other’

If you are an old school hockey fan you have to hope the Columbus Blue Jackets take the rest of the regular season off. That way, the Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers can resume a rivalry that’s among the most storied in the NHL.

04/10/2014

Brad Richards, No. 19, celebrates his goal with his teammates during the Rangers’ game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden on April 8, 2014. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Are Equipped To Handle Key Injuries Heading Into Playoffs

The big fear among the Rangers’ fan base is whether the Blueshirts are built to handle the possibility of essential defenseman Ryan McDonagh and emerging winger Chris Kreider missing the start of the playoffs. As I see it, have no fear.

04/09/2014

Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal with his team against the Carolina Hurricanes during their game at Madison Square Garden on April 8, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Brad Richards’ 2 Power-Play Goals Lift Rangers Over Hurricanes

Brad Richards scored two power-play goals, and the playoff-bound New York Rangers improved their chances for home-ice advantage in the first round with a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

04/09/2014

Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers skates prior to the start of the game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Oct. 10, 2013 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Brassard’s A Keeper — And Just Scratching The Surface Potential-Wise

After every game, Rangers center Derick Brassard calls his father Pierre. Together, father and son pick apart Derick’s performance — the positives, the shortcomings and how he can improve going forward.

04/08/2014

Rick Nash of the New York Rangers (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Rangers Clinch Playoff Spot As Devils’ Hopes Take Big Hit

The Rangers are heading to the playoffs, thanks to the Flames. Or maybe they should be thanking the Devils, whose 1-0 loss to Calgary on Monday cemented the idle Blueshirts’ postseason berth.

04/08/2014

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers and Zack Smith #15 of the Ottawa Senators battle for the puck during the third period at Madison Square Garden on April 5, 2014 in New York City. The Senators defeat the Rangers 3-2. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Senators Keep Rangers From Clinching Playoff Spot

Robin Lehner made 41 saves and held off a furious late push by New York to lift the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 victory that prevented the Rangers from clinching an Eastern Conference playoff berth on Saturday night.

04/05/2014

The Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh, left, and Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers battle behind the net during the first period on Dec. 31, 2013, in Sunrise, Fla. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

McDonagh Eases Rangers’ Fans Fears: I Could Be Back Before The Playoffs

Come in off the ledge, Rangers fans. It appears your stud defenseman will be just fine.

04/04/2014

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