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The Hockey News Podcast: Why the NHL's Alberta teams are for real

Should we trust the surging Flames and Oilers? Would an expanded playoff format help or hurt the game? Auston Matthews, offer sheet magnet? And more.

This week on The Hockey News Podcast:

- The Calgary Flames sit atop the Western Conference standings. The Edmonton Oilers have surged under coach 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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