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This week is the Going Deep: NHL playoff push special. Grant discusses 4 topics this week in depth.

1) Teams who have emerged as Stanley Cup contenders due to their recent play.

- Penguins: 10 wins in a row and why they are the Cup favorites (5 minutes-16:40)

- Flyers: Bryzgalov’s incredible play (16:40-24)

- Stars: One of NHL’s hottest teams, led by Lehtonen (24-27)

- Predators: How the teams depth makes them a legitimate cup threat (27-32:30)

2) Stanley Cup contenders that have faltered as of late.

- Canucks: Struggles of Luongo, the Sedin’s and Kesler. (32:30-37:30)

- Red Wings: Importance of keeping home ice and how they are in danger of losing it. (37:30-41)

- Bruins: Lost 4 in a row due to goaltending struggles, and no secondary scoring (41-47)

- Sharks: Need more from Thronton, Marleau, Pavelski and Couture. (47-50:30)


3) Western Conference Teams fighting for 8th.

- Avalanche: Strong play of Varlamov, Mcginn, Landeskog, etc. (53-59)

- Flames: Iginla, Glenncross & Baertschi carrying the offense (59-64)

- Sharks: (already discussed in prior segment)

- Kings: Struggles of Doughty & Richards. & strong play of Carter/Brown (64-69)

4) Eastern conference teams fighting for 8th.

- Capitals: Discusses Ovechkin, Green, Backstrom & Semin (70-77)

- Sabres: Pominville, Ennis, Vanek, Miller (77-81:30)

- Jets: Pavelec, Wheeler, Kane, Byfuglien. (81:30-86)

- Lightning: Stamkos, Tokarski/Roloson (86-90)

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Enjoy the hockey!