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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Tampa Bay - WP: E. Ramirez 8 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: I. Nova 1
Toronto - WP: M. Estrada 10 FINAL
Detroit - LP: J. Verlander 5
Milwaukee - WP: T. Jungmann 6 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: M. Leake 1
Houston - LP: T. Sipp 4 FINAL
Boston - WP: M. Barnes 5
Philadelphia - WP: L. Garcia 4 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: N. Masset 0
Cleveland - LP: D. Salazar 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: G. Cole 5
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 9 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: C. Rodon 1
Minnesota - LP: B. Boyer 2 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: G. Holland 3
San Diego - LP: I. Kennedy 1 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: L. Lynn 3
Miami - LP: M. Latos 0 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: K. Hendricks 2
Seattle - WP: M. Montgomery 2 FINAL
Oakland - LP: C. Bassitt 1
NY Mets - WP: S. Matz 8 FINAL
Los Angeles - LP: M. Bolsinger 0
Colorado - WP: J. De La Rosa 6 FINAL
Arizona - LP: R. De La Rosa 4
LA Angels - WP: C. Wilson 12 FINAL
Texas - LP: C. Lewis 6
San Francisco - LP: G. Kontos 1 FINAL
Washington - WP: J. Zimmermann 3
San Jose 0 FINAL
Portland 1
Hamilton 52 FINAL
Winnipeg 26
Calgary 11 FINAL
Montreal 29
Brt Columbia 16 FINAL
Ottawa 27
Toronto 42 FINAL
Saskatchewan 40
Seattle 64 FINAL
Atlanta 72
Phoenix 94 FINAL
Los Angeles 91
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