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The Gagarin Cup Playoffs: KHL Postseason Starts Today

The KHL playoffs start today, as 16 of the league’s 26 clubs compete for the Gagarin Cup. Since the NHL and KHL are huge competitors, it’s interesting to look at the players on the current KHL playoff teams to see just how many are former Philadelphia Flyers or NHLers. On top of that, some clubs’ prospects are in the 16-team field. It’s also worth noting some of the teams that received help from current NHL players who played a good chunk of the season with a certain KHL season before the lockout concluded. With that being said, here are the previews …

Flight Plan 02.20.2011

The Philadelphia Flyers won two of the three games they had last week and in only one of the games was the score separated by more than a goal after the final buzzer. If you weren’t sure that it was almost that time of year, you are now. The games will get tighter, they will mean more, two point games can now be viewed as four point games, and some team may even get in to the playoffs on a shootout win in the last game of the season. The great thing about hockey, particularly the NHL, is that somehow …

RICE & MICE: ACL injuries

Last week I wrote about my experience as an athlete that had an anterior cruciate ligament injury. This week I’d like to cover the importance of the ACL and why the mere mention of an ACL injury strikes fear into many athletes. The ACL is one of the four major ligaments of the knee. The medial and lateral collateral ligaments are located on the inside and outside portion of the knee, respectively. The oft-injured ACL and its neighbor the posterior cruciate ligament are located inside the knee joint. Even though ACL injuries are not thought of as a common hockey …