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The Hockey News Podcast: Playoff Race is Heating Up

Which teams need a big end to the season? Which goalies will be big trade deadline targets? Do we need to rethink the Calder Trophy fight? All that and more in this week's edition of The Hockey News Podcast.

This week on The Hockey News Podcast with Steven Ellis and Ryan Kennedy:

- Sanctions have been placed against Russia and Belarus – what to make of it.

- Who should host the 2023 WJC?

- The Vancouver Canucks have had a wobbly season. But they're still in playoffs contention. Do they try and go for a post-season run or do they focus on the future?

- Fleury is the obvious top goalie to be traded, but what other goalies are you keeping an eye on right now for the deadline?

-Do we need to revisit the Calder Trophy race? Matthew Boldy is a point-per-gamer while Michael Bunting is a point behind rookie points leader Lucas Raymond.

-How much faith do we have in Edmonton making the playoffs?

-What does Winnipeg do? The Jets have gotten slightly worse since Paul Maurice resigned

- When does a player become a veteran?

- Is Jack Campbell a true No. 1 goalie?

And more!



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