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Hockey Wilderness Playoff Open Thread: Round One, Day Five

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REMINDER: Today is the last day that brackets will be accepted in the Hockey Wilderness Bracket Challenge. You in or are you out?

Today is a full day of games. Starting now, and running all day long. Try not to get atrophy in your legs. Get up from time to time and walk around. You really should. At least to get another frosty beverage. Enjoy the games.

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#4 Nashville Predators (48-26-8) vs #5 Detroit Red Wings (48-28-6)
Series: 1-1

Joe Louis Arena @ 11:00 AM CDT
Television: NBC

For the Nashville perspective, check out On the Forecheck
For the Detroit prespective, check out Winging It in Motown

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#4 Pittsburgh Penguins (51-25-6) vs #5 Philadelphia Flyers (47-26-9)
Series: 1-1

Wells Fargo Center @ 2:00 PM CDT
Television: NBC

For the Pittsburgh perspective, check out Pensburgh
For the Philadelphia prespective, check out Broad Street Hockey

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#3 Flordia Panthers (38-26-18) vs #6 New Jersey Devils (48-28-6)
Series: 0-1

BankAtlantic Center @ 6:30PM CDT

For the Florida perspective, check out Litter Box Cats
For the New Jersey prespective, check out In Lou We Trust

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#1 Vancouver Canucks (51-22-9) vs #8 Los Angeles Kings (40-27-15)
Series: 0-2

General Motors Place @ 9:30 PM CDT
Television: NBCSN

For the Vancouver perspective, check out Nucks Misconduct
For the LA perspective, check out Battle of California & Jewels from the Crown

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Houston Aeros (34-24-5-11) vs Texas Stars (31-39-3-2)

Toyota Center @ 5:30 PM CDT
Television: None

For the Houston perspective, check out The Third Intermission
For the OKC perspective, check out


---The Aeros are battling for a spot in the AHL Calder Cup playoffs. Entering Sunday, Houston is on the outside looking in and sits in the No. 10 spot, tied with Peoria with 82 points.

Too Close to Call
---The Aeros need to win Sunday's game in order to have a chance at qualifying for the playoffs. In addition, the Aeros will be hoping for the following...
A) a Milwaukee win in regulation (or)
C) a Charlotte win in regulation (or)
D) an Oklahoma City win in regulation.

---Houston clinches a playoff berth on Sunday with:

(a) a win by 9 or more goals vs. Texas, OR
(b) a win by 8 goals or fewer vs. Texas AND either a San Antonio regulation loss vs. Oklahoma City or a regulation decision in the Charlotte-Milwaukee game

As they would say on a poker show... a chip and a chair.