South teams bunched around last playoff berth

There are about 30 games to play in the regular season and there is a six-team scramble in the Northern Conference for playoff spots. In the Southern Conference, four teams are virtually tied for the last three spots, meaning one will be left without a chair when the music stops. Southern Conference Paris is at…

4 teams, 2 spots in Northern playoff battle

There are about 30 games to play in the regular season and there is a four-team scramble (possibly six teams, if you pull the magnifying glass back a bit) in the Northern Conference for playoff spots. In the Southern Conference, four teams are virtually tied for the last three spots, meaning one will be left…

Helsinki: Tough and on a roll

As four teams pull away from the pack in the chase for the President’s Trophy, let’s focus attention a few spots down to a team riding a 6-game win streak whose hallmark is toughness and strong defense. When you play the Helsinki Jokerit, you can count on a few things: death, taxes and powerplay chances…