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Here’s the entire 2014 NHL Entry Draft order

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The NHL has released the full order for all seven rounds of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, to be held in Philadelphia on June 27-28. A few notes:

— St. Louis will be busy, as it has nine picks and three in the top 52. The Blues have at least one pick in each round; two in the second round and two more in the sixth.

— The Kings, Islanders, Stars and Capitals also have nine picks.

— Only the Ducks (No. 10 and 24) and Lightning (19 and 28) have more than one pick in the first round.

— The Rangers and Sens don’t have first-round picks.

Per the Columbus Dispatch, Anaheim must inform the Blue Jackets by 7 p.m. ET on June 27 if they are going to keep the No. 38 pick, or give it to Columbus. For more, read here.

The order…

Round 1

1. Florida
2. Buffalo
3. Edmonton
4. Calgary
5. NY Islanders
6. Vancouver
7. Carolina
8. Toronto
9. Winnipeg
10. Anaheim (from Ottawa)
11. Nashville
12. Phoenix
13. Washington
14. Dallas
15. Detroit
16. Columbus
17. Philadelphia
18. Minnesota
19. Tampa Bay
20. San Jose
21. St. Louis (conditional to Buffalo)
22. Pittsburgh
23. Colorado
24. Anaheim
25. Boston
26. Montreal
27. Chicago
28. Tampa Bay (from NY Rangers)
29. Los Angeles
30. New Jersey

Round 2

31. Buffalo
32. Florida
33. St. Louis (from Edmonton)
34. Calgary
35. NY Islanders
36. Vancouver
37. Carolina
38. ANA or CBJ, at ANA’s option (from TOR)
39. Buffalo (from Winnipeg via Minnesota)
40. Ottawa
41. New Jersey
42. Nashville
43. Phoenix
44. Washington
45. Dallas
46. Nashville (from Detroit)
47. Columbus
48. Philadelphia
49. Buffalo (from Minnesota; conditional to St. Louis)
50. Tampa Bay
51. San Jose
52. St. Louis
53. San Jose (from Pittsburgh)
54. Calgary (from Colorado)
55. Anaheim
56. Boston (conditional to Philadelphia)
57. NY Islanders (from Montreal)
58. Phoenix (from Chicago)
59. NY Rangers
60. Los Angeles

Round 3

61. Buffalo (conditional to St. Louis)
62. Chicago (from Florida)
63. Columbus (from Edmonton via LA)
64. Calgary
65. NY Islanders
66. Vancouver
67. Carolina
68. Toronto
69. Winnipeg
70. Ottawa
71. New Jersey
72. Nashville
73. Phoenix
74. Washington
75. Dallas
76. Detroit
77. Columbus
78. NY Islanders (from Philadelphia)
79. Minnesota
80. Tampa Bay
81. San Jose
82. St. Louis
83. Calgary (from Pittsburgh)
84. Colorado
85. Anaheim
86. Boston (conditional to Philadelphia)
87. Montreal
88. Chicago
89. NY Rangers
90. Los Angeles

Round 4

91. Edmonton (from Buffalo via Minnesota)
92. Florida
93. Colorado (from Edmonton via Toronto)
94. Toronto (from Calgary)
95. NY Islanders
96. Carolina (from Vancouver)
97. Carolina
98. Chicago (from Toronto)
99. Winnipeg
100. Ottawa
101. Winnipeg (from New Jersey)
102. Nashville
103. Toronto (from Phoenix)
104. Washington
105. Dallas
106. Detroit
107. Columbus
108. NY Islanders (from Philadelphia)
109. Minnesota
110. St. Louis (from Tampa Bay)
111. Edmonton (from San Jose)
112. Nashville (from St. Louis)
113. Pittsburgh
114. Colorado
115. Dallas (from Anaheim via Washington)
116. Boston
117. Montreal
118. Washington (from Chicago via NY Islanders)
119. NY Rangers
120. Los Angeles

Round 5

121. Buffalo
122. NY Rangers (from Florida)
123. Anaheim (from Edmonton)
124. St. Louis (from Calgary)
125. Montreal (from NY Islanders)
126. Vancouver
127. Carolina
128. Toronto
129. Winnipeg
130. Edmonton (from Ottawa)
131. New Jersey
132. Nashville
133. Phoenix
134. Washington
135. Dallas
136. Detroit
137. Edmonton (from Columbus)
138. Philadelphia
139. Minnesota
140. Tampa Bay
141. Chicago (from San Jose)
142. Tampa Bay (from St. Louis)
143. Florida (from Pittsburgh)
144. Colorado
145. Pittsburgh (from Anaheim)
146. Boston
147. Montreal
148. Chicago
149. San Jose (from NY Rangers)
150. Los Angeles

Round 6

151. Buffalo (conditional to Edmonton)
152. New Jersey (from Florida)
153. Edmonton
154. Dallas (from Calgary)
155. NY Islanders
156. Vancouver
157. Los Angeles (from Carolina)
158. Toronto
159. Winnipeg
160. Minnesota (from Ottawa)
161. New Jersey
162. Nashville
163. Phoenix
164. Washington
165. Dallas
166. Detroit
167. Minnesota (from Columbus via NY Rangers)
168. Philadelphia
169. Minnesota
170. Tampa Bay
171. San Jose
172. St. Louis
173. Pittsburgh
174. Colorado
175. Calgary (from Anaheim)
176. St. Louis (from Boston)
177. Montreal
178. Chicago
179. San Jose (from NY Rangers)
180. Los Angeles

Round 7

181. Buffalo
182. Florida
183. Edmonton
184. Calgary
185. NY Islanders
186. Vancouver
187. Carolina
188. Toronto
189. Winnipeg
190. Ottawa
191. Phoenix (from New Jersey)
192. Washington (from Nashville)
193. Phoenix
194. Washington
195. Dallas
196. Detroit
197. Columbus
198. Philadelphia
199. Minnesota
200. Tampa Bay
201. Detroit (from San Jose)
202. St. Louis
203. Pittsburgh
204. Colorado
205. Anaheim
206. Boston
207. Montreal
208. Chicago
209. Los Angeles (from NY Rangers)
210. Los Angeles

Lightning, Islanders make East playoff races even more confusing

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning makes the third period save as Ryan Strome #18 of the New York Islanders looks for a rebound at the Barclays Center on November 1, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Whenever you groan at what seems like a quiet trade market, take a step back and ask yourself this: “Who is really out of it?”

For a while there, it felt reasonable to dismiss the chances of teams like the Florida Panthers, New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning. Now? There’s probably only a handful of teams that can really be comfortable, at this very point, with calling themselves sellers.

The Islanders took care of their business with a 3-1 win against the fading (probably selling?) Detroit Red Wings, even with Petr Mrazek making a save like this.

Meanwhile, Ben Bishop might just be putting his game together (while Nikita Kucherov‘s game remains very much together) as the Tampa Bay Lightning throttled the Edmonton Oilers 4-1. Bishop might just end up being indispensable – or at least not worth trading – as he’s on a five-game winning streak.

With those wins, the races for the last seemingly available Eastern Conference playoff spots just get that much muddier.*

Third place in the Atlantic: Maple Leafs – 67 points in 59 games, 28 wins, 27 ROW

Second wild card: Panthers – 66 points in 58 GP, 28 W, 25 ROW

Bruins – 66 points in 59 GP, 30 W, 28 ROW
Islanders – 66 points in 59 GP, 28 W, 27 ROW
Flyers – 63 points in 59 GP, 28 W, 23 ROW
Lightning – 62 points in 59 GP, 27 W, 25 ROW
Sabres – 62 points in 60 GP, 26 W, 25 ROW

Wow, that’s crazy-close. Naturally, teams like the Islanders and Flyers lack the luxury of having a third spot in reasonable reach – unless things get truly wild – but that’s quite the congested group of playoff hopefuls.

And, sure, the Bolts are among those facing longer odds, but the way things keep swinging wildly this season, who knows? Especially with a team with a track record of success and high expectations like the Lightning.

* – We’ll arbitrarily cut off the East race at the Devils, but just in case you’re wondering, they have 60 points, the Red Wings have 58 and the Hurricanes have 56. Also, the Ottawa Senators hold the second spot in the Atlantic with 70 points and the Montreal Canadiens lead the division with 72, so that group could see quite a bit of movement over the last quarter of the season.

Forsberg’s hat trick, own-goal highlights Predators’ wild OT loss to Flames

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If you want to summarize the kind of night the Nashville Predators experienced, you could do worse than to draw parallels to Filip Forsberg‘s experiences.

The highs were quite high, you see. Forsberg & Co. carved away at the Calgary Flames’ 4-1 lead as his hat trick (see above) eventually gave the Predators a fleeting 5-4 edge.

We all should have seen more drama coming … and it did. Forsberg ended up being at the wrong place at the wrong time in overtime; the Flames’ 6-5 overtime winner ended up going off of his foot. Ouch.

Mark Giordano ended up being credited with that goal. The game was just a barn-burner.

While it was an up-and-down night for both the Flames and Predators, Pekka Rinne‘s evening was pretty much uniformly dismal.

Rinne was pulled early in the second period after giving up four goals on 13 shots, making way for Juuse Saros (who actually ended up gtting tagged with the loss).

The Flames can breathe a sigh of relief after winning the game despite coughing up a big lead, improving to 64 points and strengthening their grip on the second wild card spot. That “charity point” comes in handy for Nashville, leaving the Predators with 65 points and a game in hand on the Flames.

Serious performance: Blackhawks gain on Wild thanks to Toews’ five points

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If the Chicago Blackhawks are going to make up some serious ground and overtake the Minnesota Wild for the Central Division title, they’ll need wins like these.

It’s only fitting that “Captain Serious” Jonathan Toews did the heavy lifting, generating a hat trick and two assists as the Blackhawks beat the Wild 5-3 on Tuesday.

Yes, Toews was involved in every goal. And yes, the Blackhawks won this one in regulation after beating the Wild in overtime last time around. It’s a nice swing for Chicago:

Central Division title chase

1. Wild – 84 points in 59 games (39 wins, 36 ROW)
2. Blackhawks – 79 points in 60 games (37 wins, 35 ROW)

Yeah, that’s still a substantial edge for Minnesota … but this is a significant swing.

Even beyond the name recognition that comes with Toews & Co., the Blackhawks’ push shouldn’t be surprising. They’re red-hot in February so far, going 7-1-0 despite playing seven of eight on the road (strangely losing that lone home contest).

The Wild have played reasonably well in their own right, yet this loss sends them into a bye week with some frustration … and maybe some questions about whether they can hold the Blackhawks off.

Also, tonight marked a nice milestone for Joel Quenneville:

Matthews, Leafs get last laugh in OT vs. Laine and the Jets

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Hockey fans tend to get their radars up about over-hyping things, particularly promising rookies.

Is it hasty, then, to wonder if there’s something to a rivalry between Auston Matthews (and the Maple Leafs) vs. Patrik Laine (plus the Jets)? If nothing else, the two have come up big in two very exciting games.

Back in October, Laine generated a hat trick as the Jets beat the Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime. This time around, it was another 5-4 overtime decision … only Matthews and the Maple Leafs took this round.

This isn’t to take anything away from Laine’s performance, mind you. He scored two goals on Tuesday, becoming the rare modern rookie to muster 30 goals. He reminded hockey fans that he only needs the smallest window to make you pay with his deadly, world-class shot.

MORE on that goal and the violence that ensued here.

But Matthews wouldn’t be denied, either, and fittingly did so in a quieter fashion. (Virtually everyone seems a little quieter when Laine’s around, it seems.)

The Maple Leafs’ outstanding rookie managed three assists in this game, giving him 52 points in 59 games. He also has six points in a three-game run and eight in his past five.

Laine? He now has 54 points in 55 games, extending is own point streak to five games (seven goals, three assists).

In other words, it’s really close … just like the games when these two budding stars (and their young, promising teammates) meet.

You might even be tempted to believe the hype.