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The Hockey News Live episode 12: Thumbs up or down to expanded playoff format?

Matt Larkin, Ken Campbell and Ryan Kennedy discuss the resurgent Battle of Alberta, the NHL owners' interest in an expanded playoff format, potential offer sheets for Auston Matthews and much more.
THN Live Ep 12

This week on The Hockey News Live:

- The Calgary Flames sit atop the Western Conference standings. The Edmonton Oilers have surged under Ken Hitchcock. Can we trust that both teams are for real?

- Some NHL owners are calling for an expanded playoff format. Would it be good for the game?

- Rumors of Auston Matthews offer sheets continue to swirl. Should the Leafs expect it to happen?

- Fantasy pickups of the week: David Krejci, Noah Hanifin, Colin White

- Future Watch: Egor Afanasyev, Ty Smith

- From the Magazine: Matt Larkin on the oral history of the 2004 World Junior Championship

- Hot Take: Why a Patrick Kane to Buffalo trade would work great

- Mailbag: Are the Washington Capitals being overlooked as strong repeat Stanley Cup c0ntenders?

And more!

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