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Twitter previews the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs

By Christopher Doyle

Twitter will hit new heights this Spring as the puck drops on the 2017 #StanleyCup playoffs. 16 teams will vye for the #StanleyCup with five Canadians squads returning to the playoffs after a quiet 2016 for Canada’s @NHL teams.

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The Washington Capitals (@Capitals) enter the playoffs as the league’s top ranked team, led by All-Stars Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8), Nicklas Backstrom (@backstrom19) and Braden Holtby (@Holts170). Look for the conversation around the #Caps and other NHL teams to spike on Twitter in the coming weeks.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) captured the #StanleyCup in 2016 with the #Pens and their captain Sidney Crosby emerging as the most mentioned team and player on Twitter during the playoff run.

For the #StanleyCup finals between the @penguins and the San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks), these were the five most mentioned players on Twitter:

  1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
  2. Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins (@malkin71_)
  3. Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins (@PKessel81)
  4. Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks (@martin_jones31)
  5. Conor Sheary, Pittsburgh Penguins (@csheary13)

Keep tabs on Twitter during the entire #StanleyCup playoffs for the fan reactions and to-the-second highlights from your favourite @NHL players and teams.

2016/2017 Regular Season Recap

This past @NHL season was full of ascending superstars and the re-emergence of several top franchises. Twitter told the story of what’s happened on and off the ice across Canada and the U.S.

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These were the five most mentioned NHL teams on Twitter during the 2016/2017 regular season:

  1. Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL)
  2. Pittsburgh Penguins (@Penguins)
  3. Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks)
  4. Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs)
  5. New York Rangers (@NYRangers)

These were the five most mentioned NHL players on Twitter during the 2016/2017 regular season:

  1. Austin Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs (@AM34)
  2. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
  3. Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers (@cmcdavid97)
  4. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens (@CP0031)
  5. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (@88PKane)

Keep tabs on Twitter throughout the #StanleyCup playoffs and beyond for the latest in what’s happening in the @NHL.

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Christopher Doyle

‎@chrisdoyle‎

Head of Sports, Twitter Canada

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