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  • Flyers guilty of using PEDs ... playoff-beard enhancing dyes

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    The playoff beard is nothing new in the hockey world, and with the postseason underway, the amount of on-ice stubble is set to begin a major uptick. Of course, the facial hair of each player grows at a different pace and in a different hue, and we've seen some really terrible examples in the past (see: Sidney Crosby and Patrick Kane). But a couple members of the Flyers have taken any potential genetic embarassments out of play with a little help from the local drugstore.

    Thanks to a quick application of black dye, Jakub Voracek and Scott Hartnell, the team's typically red-bearded pair of forwards, have transformed themselves from what teammate Wayne Simmonds calls "gingies" into legitimate lumberjack lookalikes.

    "Well, [Voracek] did it yesterday," said Hartnell. "I couldn't let him do it alone, so after dinner last night, we went over to the drugstore and got the Just For Men."

    The Stanley Cup Playoffs can make grown men do strange things.

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  • Stop posturing and buy the Bills, Donald Trump

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports12 hrs ago

    Donald Trump’s desire to buy the Buffalo Bills has been well-documented, inciting Mike Florio to ask the billionaire to either buy it or don’t. Florio doesn’t think there is a need for Trump to posture considering he stands a solid chance at acquiring the team with a substantial bid.

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  • One thing to know: Jets will contend for division title

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    With the offseason additions to the offense of Michael Vick, Eric Decker and Chris Johnson, it could be time to start taking the Jets seriously in the AFC East. Mike Florio says it’s been easy to hand the division to the Patriots in past years, but the Jets have addressed some of their biggest weaknesses and are poised to challenge New England for the division crown.

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  • Jets could become serious threat in AFC playoff race

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    The New York Jets have made serious strides in improving their team this offseason, giving fans a legitimate reason to be excited for the upcoming season.

    With Michael Vick, Chris Johnson, and Eric Decker in the fold and the Jets’ perceived interest in selecting an offensive playmaker in the upcoming draft, Mike Florio could envision a scenario where the Jets are a serious threat in the AFC East and claim, at the very least, a wild card spot.

    The defense may still have question marks – specifically at cornerback – but Florio isn’t worried. “You make the offense better,” Florio says. “The defense will hold its side of the bargain. This team will be better than 8-8.”

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  • SportsDash: Tom Savage could be the QB steal of NFL draft

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    Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) from Yahoo Sports and NBCSN football analyst Shaun King (@realshaunking) on SportsDash to put former Pittsburgh quarterback and draft underdog Tom Savage under the microscope. Despite the lack of any real success in college, Savage has the arm to attract NFL teams, according to Edholm. King, however, feels like the young signal caller is undraftable.

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  • SportsDash: Which RB addition will benefit his team most?

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports13 hrs ago

    Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab) of Yahoo Sports and NBCSN football analyst Shaun King (@realshaunking) joined the SportsDash crew to discuss which running back will have the greatest impact with their new team. While the Jets' signing of Chris Johnson appears to be mutually beneficial for both the team and also the player, King and Schwab disagree on the potential of Toby Gerhart in Jacksonville.

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  • NHL Playoffs Preview: Four Game 1s start it up tonight

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports13 hrs ago

    Last night saw three series get things going on the opening night of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, each with wild levels of action and plenty of offense to go around. Tonight, four more playoff series get under way in New York, St. Louis, Colorado, and San Jose. If you thought last night was a fun ride, wait til you get a load of this.

    WATCH LIVE ONLINE: Game 1: New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers (7:00 p.m. ET, CNBC)

    These two teams split the season series against each other with each team winning twice. The difference between them as this series kicks off is a bit stark as Philly’s Steve Mason will miss Game 1 after suffering an injury in the final game of the season.

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  • SportsDash: Relax everyone ... MLB's replay system is working

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    Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) of Yahoo Sports joined Carolyn Manno (@carolynmanno) and Julie Donaldson (@jdonaldsonCSN) on SportsDash to talk about the successes and failures of the MLB replay system thus far. Though a blown call during last week's Red Sox-Yankees series has gotten a lot of attention, Passan says that the replay system "is going to do a lot more good than it does harm."

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  • Can the Blackhawks avoid the Stanley Cup hangover?

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports16 hrs ago

    The Chicago Blackhawks are the hunted in these Stanley Cup playoffs, which is really no different from their position throughout the regular season. That’s what happens when you win the silver chalice, hockey’s Holy Grail, the previous season. Not only did they win it all, they enjoyed a record-breaking regular season, too. But that was last year.

    Now, the question becomes: Can the Blackhawks avoid the Stanley Cup hangover as they look to defend their championship?

    It should help Chicago’s cause that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are expected to be ready for when the post-season begins, as the Blackhawks open up against the St. Louis Blues in the first round. This best-of-seven series begins Thursday in St. Louis.

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  • Flyers' Ray Emery to start Game 1 versus Rangers

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports17 hrs ago

    In the back of his mind, Ray Emery knew there was a chance he would be in net for the playoffs. His suspicions were confirmed Wednesday, when Flyers coach Craig Berube announced that Emery would start Game 1 of the team's first-round series against the New York Rangers Thursday at Madison Square Garden.

    Steve Mason will not make the trip to New York. He remains day to day with an upper-body injury. Berube called the decision "precautionary."

    “He’s out,” Berube said. "He’s not 100 percent. I said if he weren’t 100 percent, he would not play."

    Mason was injured Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, didn't play in that game's third period and didn’t suit up for Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Carolina Hurricanes. He practiced for just 15 minutes Tuesday, and wasn’t even present at Skate Zone for Wednesday's session.

    Berube said only that Mason "didn't feel good." There's no way to know yet whether Mason could return for Game 2 Sunday in New York, he said.

    “It’s part of the game sometimes," Berube said. "Things happen. We have other people. We’re a team. That doesn’t change."

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