What to watch for as NHL, NBA playoffs approach

  • Updated: April 3, 2014 - 7:25 AM

Can we get serious for a minute here, please? Enough about your busted NCAA bracket, your baseball panic attacks 1 percent into the season and your seared retinas from watching overtime NIT semifinals. It’s playoff time, people. We are two short weeks from some of the calendar’s best action. And every day before then, teams are battling for finals spots or falling out of the race. You’ll read about the Wolves fading and the Wild striving to clinch a spot on our other pages. Here, we asked our lead NHL and NBA beat writers, Michael Russo and Jerry Zgoda, to give us an early look at their favorite emerging playoffs story line.

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Seattle - LP: T. Walker 2 FINAL
Toronto - WP: A. Sanchez 8
Houston - WP: J. Thatcher 10 FINAL
Detroit - LP: A. Wilson 8
Cincinnati - LP: R. Iglesias 2 FINAL
Cleveland - WP: T. Bauer 5
Baltimore - LP: M. Gonzalez 2 FINAL
Miami - WP: T. Koehler 5
Oakland - WP: S. Gray 7 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: E. Ramirez 2
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: F. Liriano 9
Philadelphia - LP: A. Harang 1 FINAL
Washington - WP: G. Gonzalez 4
LA Angels - LP: H. Santiago 1 FINAL
Boston - WP: W. Miley 6
Milwaukee - LP: J. Nelson 1 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: M. Foltynewicz 2
St. Louis - WP: M. Wacha 6 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: Y. Ventura 1
Minnesota - WP: K. Gibson 8 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: J. Quintana 1
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Hammel 3 FINAL
Arizona - WP: J. Hellickson 4
San Diego - WP: J. Shields 11 FINAL
Los Angeles - LP: C. Frias 3
San Francisco 0 Bottom 4th Inning
Colorado 1
Texas - Y. Gallardo 7:05 PM
NY Yankees - C. Capuano
Atlanta 7:30 PM
Cleveland
Tampa Bay 7:00 PM
NY Rangers
Philadelphia 2 FINAL
Red Bull New York 0
Orlando City 0 1st Half 44:55
San Jose 0
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