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Could We See The Albany Islanders? – Bruce’s Thought Of The Day

I would love to take credit for this original thought but it wasn't mine. The tempting thought comes from The Times Union Sports Writer Pete Iorizzo who opined about this very thought in his column in Fridays paper. As a huge NHL fan it caught my attention and is very interesting.

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Local NHL Regular Season Wrap Up

The NHL regular season is over, and with game 82 of 82 having been played, three of our local teams are readying themselves for the playoffs, one is heading home disappointed, and another has finally - and ever so mercilessly - been released from a season of misery.  @JoeBianchino

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Rangers Claim East’s Top Spot – Sabres Stumble

With just two games left in the NHL season, the fate of many local teams has been decided.  The Rangers clinched the Eastern Conference's top spot on Tuesday, playoff positions for the Bruins and Devils have been sewn up, while the Islanders were eliminated from playoff contention seemingly sometime before the New York Jets were. The Sabres now stand as the only team with nothing more than seeding to play for, tied for 8th place with four points left to pull. @JoeBianchino

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Sabres Pull Into 8th – Rangers Still Lead Local NHLers

The Rangers held on to their tenuous Atlantic Division lead this week, but the big story is that after a long charge from the depths, the Sabres have wandered their way into playoff position. @JoeBianchino

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Despite Recent Woes – Rangers Still Best of Local NHLers

Despite a rough week, the Rangers became the second team to clinch a playoff birth on Monday and though their conference lead is tenuous, they still sit atop the Eastern Conference and the local NHL teams - many of whom stumbled into Wednesday. @JoeBianchino

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Rangers Stumble But Still Rule Local Teams

It was an odd week around the NHL, and our local teams of interest were not immune.  The Rangers, however, continue to lead them all. @JoeBianchino

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The Great NHL Playoff Race

Sometimes I wonder how the NHL isn't more popular then it is. It has all the elements American Sports fans love. Speed. Violence. Intensity. Good people. Hard hits. Great action. etc etc etc. Oh and great parity and playoff  races

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Rangers Not Great But Still Atop Local NHLers

The Rangers may not have had their best week, but they maintain the best of the local NHL teams. @JoeBianchino

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Rangers The Best of a Bad Week for Local NHLers

While the Bruins, Devils, Islanders, and Sabres all had tough weeks, the Rangers finished the stretch (since we spoke last Wednesday) above .500, maintaining their nine point lead over the Eastern Conference and domination of the local NHL teams. @JoeBianchino

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Devils Surge But Ranger Reign Continues

The New Jersey Devils have been on a tear since the All-Star Break, but the Rangers continue to rule not only the local teams of interest, but the Eastern Conference.

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Rangers Top Local Teams and League

With football now firmly, and ever so depressingly, behind us, the sports world opens up for the NHL to take...stage right (let's face it, the NBA is center stage - sigh).  Pressing on, as any good hockey player would, however, we offer you a brief update on each of the local teams.

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NHL Grades At The Break!

Thrilled to be in a hockey hot bed in Northern NY. 4 local NHL teams to follow and at the halfway mark I grade all 4. Let's start at the bottom shall we

The bottom literally finds the bottom feeding Buffalo Sabres

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