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The biggest NHL storylines: Ovechkin’s chase, Tortorella’s magic

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Alex Ovechkin Paul J. Bereswill

A breath. A reset. And then the NHL resumes, with a lot on the plate.

As the league returns from another successful All-Star weekend in St. Louis, the storylines abound. Here in the New York area, the Rangers are trying to push for the playoffs — or sell off before the Feb. 24 deadline. The Islanders are trying to maintain playoff position — and add a much-needed top-six forward before the deadline. And the Devils are trying to save some face — and eventually make the playoffs again at some point in the not-too-distant future.