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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Arizona - WP: A. Chafin 7 FINAL
Miami - LP: S. Dyson 6
Seattle - LP: D. Farquhar 4 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: T. Hunter 5
Houston - LP: T. Sipp 5 FINAL
Detroit - WP: A. Wilson 6
St. Louis - LP: J. Garcia 0 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 5
Philadelphia - LP: J. Williams 3 FINAL
Colorado - WP: C. Bergman 7
Los Angeles - LP: C. Kershaw 0 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: M. Bumgarner 4
LA Angels - LP: M. Shoemaker 4 FINAL
Toronto - WP: R. Dickey 8
Milwaukee - LP: M. Garza 1 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 10
Oakland - LP: J. Chavez 0 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: A. Colome 3
Texas - WP: W. Rodriguez 3 FINAL
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 1
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 5 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: J. Danks 2
Chicago Cubs - WP: K. Hendricks 3 FINAL
San Diego - LP: O. Despaigne 0
Houston 98 FINAL
Golden State 99
Anaheim 2 FINAL
Chicago 1
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