Rhys Jessop
April 11 2015 05:30PM


Hey, you! Yes, you! Are you excited for playoff hockey? Do you like winning sweet prizes? Are you not only morally superior to those heathen Flames, Jets, Canucks and Oilers fans, but intellectually superior too? Well, it's time to step up and prove it - the NationDrafts charity playoff hockey pool is here!

Join us after the jump for details on how to enter, support a good cause, and win some great prizes!

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Marlies win back-to-back over Rochester, pull ahead in playoff race

Jeff Veillette
April 11 2015 04:29PM

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So, did somebody ship the Nashville Predators organization a crate of soul-stealing water? We've seen the parent club go from Presidents Trophy favourites to pretty good. Their AHL affiliate? Even worse; the Milwaukee Admirals have just one win in their past ten. Overtime losses have lessened the blow a bit, but it's very possible that they'll miss the playoffs.

This is all to the Toronto Marlies' gain, though. They just need to keep winning, and had a pair of games against the also-struggling Rochester Americans to work with. A combined eight goals later, and the Marlies picked up a huge four points to move two ahead of Milwaukee with two games in hand.

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Report: Leafs expected to make personnel changes 'swiftly' following conclusion of nightmare season

Thomas Drance
April 11 2015 04:17PM

USA TODAY Sports: Joe Camporeale

The Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to at least make a coaching change this summer, though it seems possible that typically inscrutable team president Brendan Shanahan may do more to put his stamp on the team that he took over last year (a new GM? a trade of a core piece?). 

Whatever happens, TSN's Darren Dreger expects the axe to fall in short order:

Though Dreger doesn't have specifics about the club's plans, does their intention of acting promptly tell us anything about what's next? 

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LGD: On the resurgence of caring, rivalries, and 2007

Jeff Veillette
April 11 2015 05:51AM

We've spent the last couple of months talking about "the prize". The chosen one. Some call him McJesus, while those who consider themselves "professional" refer to him as Connor McDavid. We all knew he was going first overall, like, six years ago. Barring a massive lapse in transition, he is the National Hockey League's next generational talent, and probably the guy to eventually chase Sidney Crosby off of the throne as king of the sport. On that note, I'd like to talk about the best Leafs game in the Crosby era.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
April 10 2015 06:30AM


Canucks, Jets and Flames all headed to the playoffs, Brendan Shanahan's tight ship, Kings miss, can the Oilers ever change, Keegan Lowe fights twice in NHL debut, breaking down trade deadline a month after the deals and more in this weeks Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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