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2. Tampa Bay Lightning. It is scary how good this team is at all levels. Even when you take an MVP and scoring champion away from their roster they still dominate everybody. No weakness here.

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Entering Sunday’s contest, the Rangers had won three straight and six of their last eight contests. Things began on the right note when center Mika Zibanejad scored his first even-strength goal of the season on the game’s first shot (1:18 into play). After that, the Blueshirts allowed five unanswered goals, matching a season high for goals allowed in a game.

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Samsonov improved his record to 3-0-1 with a 2.45 GAA and a .907 save percentage and looks to be back to the form he showed last season when he went 16-6-2 with a 2.55 GAA and a .913 save percentage. Look for Samsonov to start getting more starts than Vitek Vanecek.Colorado Avalanche NHL Design Face Masks

Loaned to the AHL Henderson Silver Knights, Robin Lehner is practicing for the first time since Feb. 7. Once Lehner is back in rhythm, Marc-Andre Fleury - this season's fantasy darling in net - will see a reduction in playing time. Particularly if Lehner plays as well as he's capable.Philadelphia Flyers NHL Design Face Masks
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Ultimately, they’re going to need to stick together — and maybe enjoy some good luck — to make up all of this ground. Of course, getting the better of the Blackhawks would also be huge for the Stars’ playoff hopes, too.Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Design Face Masks

9. Colorado Avalanche. Their biggest issue right now is injuries, and they are starting to mount. Mikko Rantanen and Samuel Girard are stepping up in a big way, though.

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