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Rangers, Predators still going strong

Updated: December 8, 2005, 1:04 PM ET
By Barry Melrose | Special to ESPN.com

Well, it's that time of year again, the time of year NHL coaches hate: the holidays.

Yes, coaches don't like the holidays because of the distractions. Players have families and celebrations, and they tend to lose some focus when they are not careful.

And teams have to be careful because the holiday season also marks a pivotal time in the NHL season. Some teams start to fall off of the map, while others are starting to show up.

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