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NHL Refresher: Dates to remember and stats you may have forgotten

Sidney Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins remain in control of the Eastern Conference heading into the final stretch of the NHL regular season.
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With the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games officially over, it’s time for the NHL to resume it’s season following the two week break.

Here’s a quick refresher about what’s happened in the National Hockey League and what’s coming up:

Important Dates:

2/23: NHL's trade freeze lifted as of 11:59 p.m. ET

2/25: The Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes will start things off on Tuesday night to play a makeup game that was originally scheduled for Jan. 7 but was postponed due to a snowstorm.

“It has been a long break, but we’re not that far removed,” Eric Staal, Carolina’s captain, told the Hurricanes website. “The rust comes off a lot quicker here than a summer break.”

3/1: Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field (8 p.m., ET)

3/2: 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic between the Ottawa Senators and Vancouver Canucks at BC Place (4 p.m., ET)

3/5: NHL Trade deadline at 3 p.m. ET

3/10-12: NHL General Managers Meeting.

4/13: Last day of NHL regular season.

4/16: Stanley Cup Playoffs begin

The last possible day for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final is June 18.

Standings:

Pittsburgh Penguins lead the Eastern Conference with 83 points. Toronto and Detroit occupy the two wild card spots in the East, while Columbus, Ottawa, Washington, Carolina and New Jersey all remain within three points of a playoff spot.

The Anaheim Ducks top the Western Conference with 87 points with St. Louis and Chicago trailing three points behind. Minnesota and Dallas remain in playoff contention with Phoenix, Vancouver, and Winnipeg within two points of knocking one of them out.

Stat Leaders

Offensive leaders:

  • Points: Sidney Crosby, 78
  • Goals: Alex Ovechkin, 40
  • Assists: Sidney Crosby, 50

Goaltenders:

  • GAA: Josh Harding, 1.65
  • Save %: Ben Scrivens, .937
  • Wins: Marc-Andre Fleury, 31
  • Shutouts: Tuukka Rask, 5

Dates and stats courtesy of the NHL