Our awards (Hart and beyond) for the first half of the season
The NHL's annual All-Star break comes a little after the official midpoint of the season, but is generally seen as the demarcation point between then and now -- the men and the boys, if you will.
By the time play resumes Tuesday, teams will be focused on the Feb. 26 trade deadline and the playoff push, a 30-game mad dash to the end of the regular season.
So here is a look at the story lines that have dominated the first half of the season.
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