David Krejci on the NHL playoff format, false teeth and Jaromir Jagr

Once a teammate of Jagr’s, he now counts much younger countryman David Pastrnak as a teammate. Plus, that time Johnny Boychuk returned his tooth.
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How the banged-up Coyotes have stayed in the playoff hunt

Despite absurdly bad luck with injuries this season, Arizona is in a wild-card slot. Here’s how they’ve done it, and what comes next.
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NHL Playoff Watch Daily: Playoff chances, Lose for Hughes projections and more

Who has the best playoff chances? What teams are poised to land Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick? Projections for both, plus the most important games today.
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LeBron: Intensity level ‘activated’ for playoff push

LeBron James said he is raring to step up his intensity level for a playoff push, starting against the Rockets on Thursday, saying the Lakers are “working our tails off to get there.”
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Lakers struggle to keep playoff pace, feel the pressure

The Lakers had a glimpse of what they could be on Christmas Day, but now they wait for health, LeBron James’ return and the trade deadline.
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Resetting the NFL playoff bracket: Early projections and more

The Super Bowl LIII race is down to the Chiefs, Patriots, Rams and Saints. Here’s everything you need to know about the conference championship games.
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K.C. can finally shed its rep as playoff chokers

For Chiefs fans, playoff heartbreak has become commonplace in recent years. Saturday's divisional round matchup may be different, thanks to QB Patrick Mahomes.

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Alternate reality: Hidden decisions that changed the NFL playoff future

The Cowboys wanted other quarterbacks over Dak Prescott. Sean Payton settled for the Saints job. Here’s how these teams were built by accident.
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Barnwell: Destroying myths about the eight NFL playoff teams

Nick Foles is magical. The Saints are unbeatable at home. Let’s separate fact from fiction for the remaining playoff teams.
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Biggest injury questions for all 12 NFL playoff teams

We’ve reached the postseason, and everyone is at least a little banged up. NFL Nation reporters update the key situations for this weekend.
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First look at NFL playoff bracket: Everything you need to know

The playoff field is finally set. Here’s your complete guide for the 12 teams vying to win Super Bowl LIII.
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A guide to Week 17: Predictions, playoff scenarios, more

Winners and projections for every matchup, plus what’s at stake in the playoff picture. Catch up on Week 17 here.
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Week 16 NFL playoff picture: Ravens threaten Steelers

If the regular season ended right now, here’s how the top six would look in each conference, plus clinching scenarios.
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What’s at stake in Week 16: Predictions, playoff scenarios, more

Winners and projections for every matchup, plus playoff scenarios, to get you through the weekend. Catch up on Week 16 here.
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Playoff picture: Texans move to No. 2 seed … for now

If the regular season ended right now, here’s how the top six would look in each conference, plus clinching scenarios.
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What’s at stake in Week 15: Predictions, playoff scenarios, more

Winners and projections for every matchup, plus playoff scenarios, to get you through the weekend. Catch up on Week 15 here.
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Week 14 NFL playoff picture: The Miami Miracle aftershock

If the regular season ended right now, here’s how the top six would look in each conference, plus clinching scenarios.
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NFL contender kryptonite: Biggest weakness for each playoff team

Great running teams for the Chiefs. Defending tight ends for the Steelers. Here’s where every Super Bowl contender is vulnerable.
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Georgia in playoff could be ‘big deal’ for future

If nothing else, Georgia's inclusion in the playoff would spark change in the college football playoff format – which is something everybody should be behind.

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What Saturday’s results mean for the College Football Playoff

What does Alabama’s epic win over Georgia mean? Did Ohio State do enough to leapfrog Oklahoma? We try to answer those questions and more before Sunday’s CFP Selection Show (noon ET, ESPN).
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Barnwell: Sorting the cluttered, chaotic AFC playoff sprint

The Ravens, Colts and Broncos are surging. The Bengals and Dolphins are skidding. Let’s make sense of the AFC postseason seeding.
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Week 12 playoff picture: Patriots slide past Steelers for bye

If the NFL regular season ended right now, here’s how the top six would look in each conference — plus clinching scenarios.
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Barnwell: The injuries shaking up the playoff race

Alex Smith is out for the season, and Washington’s NFC East lead could soon vanish. These are the biggest injuries that changed the NFL landscape.
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NFL playoff picture: How the NFC, AFC look right now

With back-to-back wins, the Cowboys are on the fringes of the postseason. Here’s how the top six looks in each conference.
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Playoff Predictor says there is still a chance for 10 teams to claim the top four spots

The top 10 teams in the CFP rankings all have at least a 1 percent chance to make it. Here’s how it could happen for each.
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Barnwell: Nine teams, four spots, one jumbled NFC playoff mess

The defending champs are in trouble. Two South teams might be locks. The NFC playoff race is shaping up to be pandemonium.
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Nine games with playoff implications being played on Statement Saturday

With top-25 matchups all over the map Saturday, top contenders will need statement victories to set themselves apart.
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Follow live: Eagles, Jaguars fight for playoff relevancy in London

With a loss on Sunday, the Eagles and the Jaguars could find themselves out of playoff contention.
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ESPN’s College Football Playoff Predictor

With everything we know now, who is most likely to be standing when the field of 4 is announced in December?
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Ranking the one-loss teams by playoff potential

One loss might not sink a team with CFP hopes, but it does mean that everything has to fall into place for a top-four spot in the committee’s final rankings.
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NFL Week 7 Power Rankings: Playoff chances for all 32 teams

After six weeks, just 11 teams have playoff odds of better than 50 percent. Where does your team sit in the playoff hunt?
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Barnwell: Ranking NFL’s biggest playoff risers and fallers

The defending champs are struggling, while two 5-0 teams have made a big jump. These 10 teams’ playoff chances have improved and declined the most.
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MLB playoff preview: Odds for every possible matchup, rankings and more

Welcome to October, when it takes talent and some postseason magic to win it all. We break down every roster to see who has the right Fall Classic formula.
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How new NHL dads juggle newborns, playoff pressure

For J.T. Miller, Yanni Gourde and John Carlson, the Eastern Conference finals have been a balancing act.
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Is Celtics-Warriors inevitable? Answering the big playoff questions

Are we headed for a Warriors-Celtics NBA Finals? What’s up with Stephen Curry? Our NBA experts answer the pressing questions in the conference finals.
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NBA playoff MVPs: Who’s been the best of the best?

LeBron has been ridiculous, while the contenders out West keep rolling behind their stars. We rank the 10 best postseason players so far.
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Lady Antebellum Flubs National Anthem Before NHL Playoff Game

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Celtics are pinning playoff hopes on Al Horford

Boston fans haven't always had the most friendly things to say about Horford and his massive contract. But he's a big reason why the Celtics won their first-round series.

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Donovan Mitchell dominated the Thunder in his playoff series debut

After putting up historic playoff numbers for a rookie, Donovan Mitchell has proved he’s something special.
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Tristan Thompson Benched in NBA Playoff Game Amid Khloe Kardashian Cheating Scandal

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Ranking the must-see NBA playoff series this round

We’re two games into every Round 1 matchup. Which series will be the most entertaining the rest of the way? Here’s our 1-8 rankings.
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NBA Fast Break: ‘Playoff P’ shows out for OKC

Paul George's big Game 1 lifted the Thunder past the Jazz. Here's a recap of that performance and all the NBA action from the second day of the playoffs.

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Playoff Process: 76ers shine in the spotlight

Some pundits doubted Philadelphia because of its youth, but the Sixers showed they're ready for prime time with a dominant playoff opener.

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The experience effect: Which playoff teams are impacted most?

Experience can be a deciding factor in an evenly matched series. That’s good news for teams like the Ducks; not so much for teams like the Avs.
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Stanley Cup Playoff Hype Rankings: Which series are must-see?

The first-round playoff matchups are set. Which ones must you watch live, which are DVR-worthy and which can you just read about in the morning? Here’s the definitive ranking of all eight series in terms of watchability.
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New predictions for NBA playoff matchups, seeds and wins

Who is the favorite for each playoff seed, and what are the most likely matchups? We project each conference, accounting for injuries and strength of schedule.
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Stanley Cup Playoffs Watch Daily: Playoff chances, tragic numbers and more

Which teams have the best shot at locking up a playoff spot? Who’s earning a better shot at the No. 1 overall pick? Here are the latest projections for both, along with critical matchups to watch today and much more.
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NHL experts predict: Playoff dark horses, Penguins vs. Flyers, Carter Hutton’s future

Our writers tackle some pressing questions for the stretch run. Could the Kings or Stars make a Predators-esque wild-card run to the Cup final? Will the Penguins or Flyers finish higher in the standings? And where will Carter Hutton play next season?
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Western Conference playoff reset: Cup contenders, wild-card watch, more

The NHL trade deadline has come and gone. Which teams in the West are the top contenders for the Stanley Cup? Who’s the underdog that could make a run? Which teams are looking ahead to the draft — and hoping for some lottery luck?
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Silver floats possible playoff format change

In mulling a possible postseason format change, Adam Silver offered a compromise: both the Eastern and Western conferences still send eight teams apiece, but 1-16 seeding would mean the best two teams, regardless of conference, make the Finals.
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NHL playoff chances report: Who’s alive, who’s desperate?

At this point, the target points for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference is around 90. In the West, it’s higher, around 98 points. Here’s a look at the teams currently fighting for those spots, and their chances of making it.
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Barnwell: How all 12 NFL playoff teams could change this offseason

In 2017, we saw eight new playoff teams in a 12-team field. Why? Because teams routinely look a heckuva lot different year-to-year. So here’s how the Saints, Rams, Titans, Patriots, Eagles, Chiefs and Steelers could change.
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Playoff intel: Insiders dish on stopping Gronk, containing Keenum, more

NFL players, coaches and personnel give anonymous thoughts and tips on each team in Sunday’s championship matchups.
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Which playoff bubble team could actually win the Stanley Cup?

Few teams have more potential for a deep run than the Penguins. The Ducks were a conference finalist last season and still have the health, scoring and solid goaltending to surge again. And the rest of the West should watch out for the Wild.
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Playoff bracket reset: Insiders predict 7 remaining matchups

With two upsets on wild-card weekend, the 2017 playoff bracket was upended. So we asked 11 ESPN Insiders to re-pick every game through Super Bowl LII. Will Tom Brady win title No. 6?
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The big question for every remaining playoff team

Will the Steelers be at full strength? Are the Eagles good enough to overcome the loss of Carson Wentz? Here’s what’s facing the eight teams in the divisional round.
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Barnwell’s NFL playoff preview: A guide to all 66 possible matchups

Injuries have left the NFC wide open. A Steelers-Patriots rematch in the AFC? Don’t be so certain. Bill Barnwell lines up the many potential postseason scenarios.
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11 games, 1 champion: NFL Insiders predict 2017 playoff bracket

A Patriots repeat? Maybe a surprise team out of the NFC? The Lombardi Trophy is up for grabs, and we’re here to guide you through the field.
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Bills break longest playoff drought in sports

Buffalo's win against Miami means for the first time since 1999 the Bills will be playing on Wild Card weekend.

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NFL playoff primer: Bracket, Super Bowl paths, X factors, more

The field is set, and the league’s best 12 teams are in. Here’s your guide to everything you need to know about the race to Super Bowl LII, from schedules to reasons for hope — and concern.
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NFL playoff picture: What’s at stake in Week 17

Three berths, a first-round bye, home-field advantage in the AFC and the NFC South crown are still up for grabs. Here’s everything on the line Sunday.
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Playoff picture and Week 16 scenarios: What’s at stake Sunday

Seven berths, home-field advantage in both conferences and three first-round byes are all up for grabs. Here’s everything on the line.
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Playoff picture: How Week 15 can affect seeding

This weekend could determine two division titles, up to four total playoff berths and more. Here’s how the field looks now and what can change.
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Barnwell: Two big favorites, two close races and one drama-filled AFC playoff field

What if we told you the 6-6 Chiefs, losers of six of their past seven games, are actually in OK shape? The AFC playoff picture is four simultaneous races. Here’s who’s getting in and why.
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Here’s how conference championships can shake up the playoff

A conference championship is part of the criteria the CFP committee uses to distinguish between playoff contenders. How much will the final weekend shake up the top four? We’ll find out on Selection Day.
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NFL Playoff Picture: How the field looks right now

The Rams’ win over the Saints quieted some doubters, and it altered the NFC playoff seeding. Here’s how things stand in both conferences right now.
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Ranking NFL’s most likely playoff crashers from 11-1

It’s not rare to see a team sneak into the playoffs after a monster late-season run, and the Chargers already are making a move. Here are the 2017 candidates.
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Barnwell: 17 moments that shaped Week 11 — and the NFL playoff race

Barnwell: 17 moments that shaped Week 11 — and the NFL playoff race
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Is Knicks’ early success the stuff of long-deferred playoff dreams?

Is Knicks’ early success the stuff of long-deferred playoff dreams?
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Lamar Jackson looks to take next playoff step against Clemson

Lamar Jackson looks to take next playoff step against Clemson
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Oklahoma, Ohio State look to answer early playoff questions

Oklahoma, Ohio State look to answer early playoff questions
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Projected NBA standings: New playoff contenders, W-L records for all 30 teams

Projected NBA standings: New playoff contenders, W-L records for all 30 teams
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Horschel wins after Day boots playoff par putt (Yahoo Sports)

Horschel wins Byron Nelson after Day boots playoff par putt

Billy Horschel won the Byron Nelson Classic in a sudden-death playoff against Jason Day.



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It’s hard to explain Harden’s playoff collapse (Yahoo Sports)

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James Harden saved perhaps his worst game of the season for his team’s most important moment, and not even he could explain why.



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How Isaiah Thomas defies playoff odds, contract talk and tragedy

How Isaiah Thomas defies playoff odds, contract talk and tragedy
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Playoff picture: East is far from settled (Yahoo Sports)

NBA Playoff Picture: Ragtag Hawks, tough Raptors make the East a lot more interesting

The Hawks’ shocking win in Cleveland was only part of a Friday night that left Eastern Conference seedings difficult to predict.



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Insane NHL playoff streak officially comes to an end (Yahoo Sports)

Insane NHL playoff streak official comes to an end. (AP)

After losing to the Hurricanes on Tuesday, the Red Wings find themselves in a position they haven’t been in since 1992.



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DeMarcus Cousins’ big night sparks Pelicans’ dimming playoff hopes

DeMarcus Cousins’ big night sparks Pelicans’ dimming playoff hopes
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Panthers push back Redskins in playoff race (Yahoo Sports)

Jordan Reed's punch gets him ejected, sums up Washington's awful night

Jordan Reed was ejected for throwing a punch, which summed up Washington’s poor night against Carolina.



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Cardiac Cowboys find a way to win again to keep playoff dreams alive

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Lightning handle Habs to lock up playoff spot

Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop had two assists, Vladislav Namestnikov scored two goals, and the Lightning clinched an Eastern Conference playoff berth with a 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.
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Suh suspended for playoff game; files appeal

The Detroit Lions and Ndamukong Suh have been informed that the defensive tackle will be suspended for this weekend’s wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys.
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