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The best second-half NHL scenarios to watch

What second-half NHL scenario will you be watching closely?

Sean Leahy, NHL Writer: The goalie market will be interesting as there are teams that seem destined for the playoffs but are currently dealing with inconsistent goaltending. Are the Capitals happy with Vitek Vanecek and Ilya Samsonov? Will Tuukka Rask end up hurting the Bruins? Marc-Andre Fleury would be a nice addition if he’s willing to waive his no-move clause. Could Joonas Korpisalo or Alexandar Georgiev be the solution somewhere?

Jake Abrahams, Editor, NHL Content: The trade deadline, especially when it comes to Eastern Conference sellers. So many Eastern teams are already out of the mix, which means there could be more teams trying to offload assets than normal. How will this surplus of available players affect the market? It will be fascinating to watch.

Adam Gretz, NHL Writer: The Pacific Division playoff race. Everyone there has been pretty much even this season and it’s created a situation where pretty much everyone outside of Seattle and probably Vancouver still has reason to believe they can make the playoffs. playoffs. Anaheim and Los Angeles were great surprises, San Jose is trying to hang around, Edmonton is still chaotic and Calgary is really starting to roll. Then you have Vegas at the top of the division always picking up Jack Eichel at some point.

James O’Brien, NHL Writer: Could this be the year a trade deadline finally changes the balance of the playoffs? The world could use that extra touch of spice.

Michael Finewax, NBC Sports Edge Senior Hockey Writer/Editor: Can Ovechkin win the Rocket Richard or will Auston Matthews pass everyone?

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Michael Finewax, NBC Sports Edge Senior Hockey Writer/Editor

The biggest surprise (team): Anaheim

Biggest disappointment (team): New York Islanders

Current non-playoff team that will make the playoffs?: Edmonton

The current playoff team who will eventually miss out?: Los Angeles

Jake Abrahams, Editor, NHL Content

Biggest surprise (player): Troy Terry, Ducks
Biggest disappointment (player): Philipp Grubauer, Kraken
The biggest surprise (team): Nashville Predators
Biggest disappointment (team): Montreal Canadiens
Returning Player of the Season So Far: Jonathan Quick, Kings
Current non-playoff team that will make the playoffs?: Nothing
The current playoff team who will eventually miss out?: Nothing

James O’Brien, NHL writer

The biggest surprise (team): Anaheim Ducks

Biggest disappointment (team): Philadelphia Flyers

Returning Player of the Season So Far: Matt Duchene, Predators

Current non-playoff team that will make the playoffs?: Greasers

The current playoff team who will eventually miss out?: Ducks

Adam Gretz, NHL writer

Biggest surprise (player): Sergei Bobrovsky, Panthers

Biggest disappointment (player): Cole Caufield, Canadian

The biggest surprise (team): Anaheim Ducks

Biggest disappointment (team): Montreal Canadiens

Current non-playoff team that will make the playoffs?: Stars

The current playoff team who will eventually miss out?: Ducks

Sean Leahy, NHL writer

Biggest surprise (player): Sergei Bobrovsky, Panthers
Biggest disappointment (player): Cole Caufield, Canadian
The biggest surprise (team): Nashville Predators
Biggest disappointment (team): New York Islanders
Returning Player of the Season So Far: Matt Duchene, Predators
Current non-playoff team that will make the playoffs?: Nothing
The current playoff team who will eventually miss out?: Nothing

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Margarita W. Wilson

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