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Name: In the Pressbox
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Jets sign head coach Paul Maurice to four-year contract extension


Flames assign Keegan Kanzig and Emile Poirier to Abbotsford Heat
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have assigned defenceman Keegan Kanzig and forward Emile Poirier to the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League. Kanzig, a native of Athabasca, Alberta, played in 63 games with ...

The Top Offseason Priority for Every NHL Team That Missed the Playoffs
As the NHL's 16 top teams prepare for the opening round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, the 14 non-playoff clubs must absorb the disappointment of failing to qualify. These teams face a long offseason dealing with the issues that kept them out of the postseason. These non-contenders were hampered by various weaknesses. Several of them have more than others, but all have one specific...

LIVE CHAT: NHL playoffs puck drop
LIVE CHAT: NHL playoffs puck drop

Steve Mason Injury: Updates on Flyers Star's Status and Return
Philadelphia Flyers starting goaltender Steve Mason is going miss at least Game 1 of the team's playoff clash with the New York Rangers due to injury. Ray Emery will draw the start. The Flyers made the announcement on Wednesday, one day before thei...

Paul Maurice back with Jets next season; alas, so is Ondrej Pavelec
Paul Maurice has signed a 4-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets to remain their head coach, which is good news for both. Maurice works well with young players and preaches an up-tempo style that you need to play to thrive in the Western Conference. Plus, the idea that the Jets would have three coaches in tw...

Colin Dambrauskas: Eastern First Round Playoff Predictions, Calgary Flames With 4th Overall
Follow Colin on Twitter!: @ColinDJD Unfortunately for fans, the Calgary Flames were not lucky enough to win the first overall draft selection through last night’s 2014 NHL Lottery Draft. That said, the team will still be drafting 4th overall and have some very promising options available to them! While some argue that the draft will not yield as high of potential players as did the 2013 N...

James Tanner: Playoff Picks + Draft Lottery Stupidity
As you may know, the Florida Panthers won the draft lottery last night and will pick first overall. The Lottery is for some reason televised, even though only one team can move up. In fact, it's the dumbest and most ridiculous lottery in sports and I don't even know why they even have it. To protect against tanking? That's dumb. If you want to lose on purpose and alienate your fanbase, that...

Maple Leafs sign Swedish defenceman Viktor Loov to three-year entry-level deal


Northern Roots
The Bay Area has seen its share of start-ups, and when the San Jose Sharks began play in 1991-92, there were built in competitive challenges, as there are for any first year National Hockey League club. “You get absolutely no respect as an expa...

Travis Yost: The Fifty Goal Plan
I like the stuff that came from Ottawa's actual hockey operations guys, talking about how the team's plan next year was to cut the number of goals against by fifty. It's a pretty difficult hurdle to clear in one season, but they've clearly targeted the (obvious) issue with this team. There's a few problems with this, though. Namely, how does a team go about accomplishing this goal? An easy...

Kirk Muller: No word from management on future as coach of Carolina Hurricanes


Jets keeping Maurice as coach
The Winnipeg Jets have found their head coach.

NHL Playoff Predictions 2014: Projecting the Entire First Round
The excitement for the 2014 NHL playoffs is through the roof as the puck drops on Wednesday, and hockey fans from across the world are looking to read and interpret the first-round predictions and projections. With perennial powerhouses like the Boston Bruins and Anaheim Ducks carrying the momentum from a great regular season—as well as several unheralded teams lik...

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens: Puck Daddy's Tinder NHL playoff preview
(Ed. Note: With its new playoff format, the NHL is seeking to create passion for fans and teams through forced, bracketed relationships. But hey, at first glance, the matchups are pretty sexy. All of this led to one ideal theme for our 2014 Playoff Preview: Tinder, the social media dating app. We hope you swipe right this postseason ...) The NHL’s new divisional playoff format has produced incredible matchups between long-time rivals, struggling to extend their playoff li...

Flyers goalie Mason out for Game 1 vs. Rangers
The Philadelphia Flyers will be without starting goaltender Steve Mason for Game 1 of the team's first-round match-up against the New York Rangers.

Carol Schram: Vancouver Canucks Hold 6th Pick After Draft Lottery, 1st Round Predictions
I watched TSN's Draft Lottery program yesterday. Some impressive creativity from the producers to fill a half hour of broadcast time! Disappointing that they only had reps on hand from the bottom five teams. Trev could have really added some zest to the proceedings. I was suprised when Brian Burke used his interview moment on the broadcast to state that his Flames came together as a team fro...

Dee Karl: Frans Nielsen Remarks to the Media
Is anyone in that locker room beating themselves up more than Frans Nielsen? He is always soft spoken in interviews, but this one is different. Perhaps it's the fact that he is getting married this summer, he is turning 30 on Thursday the 24th and he has been a part of the Isles organization since being drafted in 2002. Twelve years is a long time. He began playing on the Isles in 2006...

McDonald: This Bruins team may be best ever
Talent, leadership and experience make them even better than in 2011 and '13

Eklund: Show me Yours I'll Show You Mine. Predicting The Series Beginning Tonight.
Montreal and Tampa This has been a fairly even series all year, and this series holds way more potential than I believe most are giving it credit for. This series is being fought by two teams who get very little respect in similar ways. Neither team was predicted to be here and both teams are experts at "finding ways to win" despite circumstances... No Stamkos, No Bishop, No Problem. And whe...

Making it official: Jets lock in Maurice with deal
The Winnipeg Jets announced Wednesday that they have agreed to a four-year contract extension with head coach Paul Maurice.

Colin Dambrauskas: Shanahan Should (not) Fire Carlyle...Eastern First Round Predictions
Follow Colin on Twitter!: @ColinDJD As expected, there has been an abundant amount of discussion and debate with respect to the Toronto Maple Leafs and their coaching situation. I suppose it stands to reason that after another “collapse”, that fans, season ticket holders, and most importantly the owners demand better results. With that established, it is often the head coach and GM who...

Lightning's Paquette is hoping to make Habs pay for not drafting him


Puck Daddy 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Mega Chat
Happy Stanley Cup Playoffs Day everybody! To celebrate the greatness that is the start of the NHL postseason, your friends at Puck Daddy present a special playoff mega chat at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Yell at us about our awards picks! Yell at us about our playoff picks! Just yell at us to make you feel better about work stress! Whatever you'd like. You bring the funny; we bring the abrupt changes in tone and Hamburger Women. That's how it works.

Ranking the Top Stars in the 2014 NHL Playoffs
The beauty of the NHL playoffs is in watching a team come together over a grueling four-round ordeal, and no team wins the Stanley Cup without total commitment and brilliant performances from players all over the roster. With that said, every year there are also some incredible individual performances. Whether it's a goalie shutting the door or a skater taking over games and sometimes entire series, it's a joy to watch an exceptionally tal...

How Will Alex Ovechkin Recover from Dream Season That Turned into a Nightmare?
This was supposed to be Alex Ovechkin's year.  This was supposed to be the year Ovechkin would rip two large-type Gorillas off his back by raising an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup trophy.  Because, as 

Peter Tessier: Maurice Extended, Draft Lottery & Playoff Predictions
Breaking: Paul Maurice gets a 4 year deal to continue coaching the Winnipeg Jets. More to come.

Sochi Problems: Olympics hurt NHL teams that sent several players to Games
Throughout its Olympic participation, the NHL has attempted to figure out what the benefits and costs are to its product and its teams. One key question: Does the wear, tear and extra exhaustion from the Winter Games experience have a negative effect on a team’s performance when their star players return for the stretch run? University of Massachusetts professor Neil Longley believes it does, and has the numbers to back it up. In 2012, he found that a team’s goal differen...

Leafs Sign Viktor Loov To Three-Year Deal
David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Wednesday that the hockey club has signed defenceman Viktor Loov (LEWV) to a three-year entry level contract. Loov, 21, registered five goals, seven assi...

Pass or Fail: Tampa Bay Lightning playoff anthem 'We Want the Cup'
The Stanley Cup Playoffs have finally arrived and that means it's also time for those ultra-supportive playoff anthems to be released among the various NHL markets involved. You might remember Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" used in support of both the Boston Bruins

Julie Robenhymer: My Playoff Wish...
If you watched the HockeybuzzCast yesterday, you'd know that I picked Montreal and Colorado to meet in the Stanley Cup Final....mostly because I was irritated at Ek, Josh and Mike with being boring in their selections, so I went "offboard." There was really very little hockey logic that went into my decision outside of the fact that I started with teams that had good goaltending. I just felt it wo...

The 5 Most Impressive Detroit Red Wings During 2013-14 Regular Season
An eighth-place finish in the Eastern Conference for the Detroit Red Wings may not be an “impressive” season by their standards. However, with Man Games Lost indicating that the Red Wings suffered through a franchise-record 417 man-games lost, they’ve come out smelling like a rose. After sec...

Penguins Report: Game Day vs. Columbus (Game 1)


Paul Maurice and Jets Agree to Contact Extension: Latest Details and Reaction
After turning around the Winnipeg Jets' misfortunes as a midseason hire, Paul Maurice's status as the long-term answer at head coach was cemented on Wednesday.     According to the Jets' official press release, Maurice and the organization came to terms on a four-year extension.

Which No. 1 Goalie Gives Anaheim Ducks Best Chance at Postseason Wins?
The Anaheim Ducks entered the season with perhaps the richest goaltending pipeline in the NHL. Veterans Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth were, respectively, an established starter and a legitimate candidate for a starting role, and

Ryan Wilson: Penguins vs Blue Jackets Round 1 Breakdown + My Playoff Predictions
The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs kick off tonight with the Pittsburgh Penguins taking on the Columbus Blue Jackets. Let’s not waste any time, lets break down this series. Forwards Lets start with the top 6 forwards for the Columbus Blue Jackets Jenner-Johansen-Skille Calvert- Dubinsky-Atkinson I need to preface this by saying that Nick Foligno and RJ Umberger are not included be...

Penguins Re-Assign Forward Chris Conner to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a Conditioning Assignment
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Chris Conner to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a conditioning assignment, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero. Conner, ...

Caps to Pick 13th at 2014 NHL Draft
It's been 20 years since the Florida Panthers headed to the NHL Draft with the No. 1 selection, but they will do so this summer in Philadelphia. The Panthers will pick first in the 2014 NHL Draft after winning the lottery Tuesday. As the 29th-p...

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: Line Matching, Team Stat Comparisons
LINE MATCHING MAY BE TOUGH VS. BLUESHIRTS One of the difficulties of playing against the New York Rangers is the depth of talent throughout the New York lineup. The Flyers' first-round playoff opponent is not one against whom line matching is an especially effective strategy even in the games (three, four and six) in which Philly would have the last line change as the home team. After yeste...

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: Line Matching, Quick Hits
LINE MATCHING MAY BE TOUGH VS. BLUESHIRTS One of the difficulties of playing against the New York Rangers is the depth of talent throughout the New York lineup. The Flyers' first-round playoff opponent is not one against whom line matching is an especially effective strategy even in the games (three, four and six) in which Philly would have the last line change as the home team. After yeste...

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: Line Matching, Quick Hits
LINE MATCHING MAY BE TOUGH VS. BLUESHIRTS One of the difficulties of playing against the New York Rangers is the depth of talent throughout the New York lineup. The Flyers' first-round playoff opponent is not one against whom line matching is an especially effective strategy even in the games (three, four and six) in which Philly would have the last line change as the home team. After yeste...

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: Line Matching, Quick Hits
LINE MATCHING MAY BE TOUGH VS. BLUESHIRTS One of the difficulties of playing against the New York Rangers is the depth of talent throughout the New York lineup. The Flyers' first-round playoff opponent is not one against whom line matching is an especially effective strategy even in the games (three, four and six) in which Philly would have the last line change as the home team. After yeste...

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: Line Matching, Quick Hits
LINE MATCHING MAY BE TOUGH VS. BLUESHIRTS One of the difficulties of playing against the New York Rangers is the depth of talent throughout the New York lineup. The Flyers' first-round playoff opponent is not one against whom line matching is an especially effective strategy even in the games (three, four and six) in which Philly would have the last line change as the home team. After yeste...

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: Line Matching, Quick Hits
LINE MATCHING MAY BE TOUGH VS. BLUESHIRTS One of the difficulties of playing against the New York Rangers is the depth of talent throughout the New York lineup. The Flyers' first-round playoff opponent is not one against whom line matching is an especially effective strategy even in the games (three, four and six) in which Philly would have the last line change as the home team. After yeste...

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: Line Matching, Quick Hits
LINE MATCHING MAY BE TOUGH VS. BLUESHIRTS One of the difficulties of playing against the New York Rangers is the depth of talent throughout the New York lineup. The Flyers' first-round playoff opponent is not one against whom line matching is an especially effective strategy even in the games (three, four and six) in which Philly would have the last line change as the home team. After yeste...

Readers' Choice: Sun Media's mock NHL playoffs
Readers' Choice: Sun Media's mock NHL playoffs

Mason joins Flyers at practice
VOORHEES, N.J. -- Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason joined the team for practice Tuesday as it prepares for its Stanley Cup Playoff series against the New York Rangers, but the Flyers remain unsure if their top goaltender will be availabl...

Puck Daddy’s NHL 2013-14 NHL Award Picks: Hart, Vezina and Norris picks
The regular season is done, the playoffs are nearing. While we’re in this brief respite before the Stanley Cup madness, let’s hand out some NHL Awards, shall we? We covered the Calder, Selke and Jack Adams on Tuesday. Today, it’s the Hart Trophy (MVP), Norris Trophy (defenseman) and Vezina Trophy (goaltender). Voting on these awards: P...

Game 1 Preview: MTL @ TBL
Eastern Conference First Round Series : Game 1 Canadiens (0-0) vs. Lightning (0-0) This is the moment you’ve been waiting for. On Wednesday night, the second and third-placed teams of the Atlantic Division will kick off their quest for the Stanley Cup in Tampa, Florida. Both teams have compiled fine regular season records. The Habs hit the 100 point plateau for the first time since 2007-08, finishing with exactly 100. Meanwhile, the Lightning closed out the season just above Montreal wit...

The missing ingredient?: Marian Gaborik's scoring fits splendidly into LA Kings' playoff plans


2014 NHL Mock Draft: Post-Lottery First-Round Projections
The NHL draft lottery is complete, and NHL teams know where they will select in this year's first round. Each NHL draft year is unique, and this season has several candidates for top spot. There could be a lot of trade activity on the draft floor depending on early selections. The big winner at this year's lottery is the Florida Panthers. In selecting first overall, they...

NHL Draft Lottery Results 2014: Selection Order, Analysis and Twitter Reaction
Just one year ago, the Colorado Avalanche were celebrating a "win" at the NHL draft lottery. Today, they are preparing for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs as the Central Division's No. 1 seed.  The Florida Panthers will be hoping for a similar transition after earning the No. 1 overall pick Tuesday:

Los Angeles Kings' 5 Biggest Questions in Playoff Series vs. San Jose Sharks
The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks will meet in the NHL playoffs for a second consecutive year. The Kings eliminated the Sharks in seven games in 2013 and took three of five from their California rivals in the 2013-14 regular season. However, the Sharks—who finished 11 points ahead of L.A. i...

2014 NHL Draft Order: Updated Selection List, Predictions After Lottery Results
On the eve of the NHL playoffs, the teams that did not qualify for the postseason learned their immediate fortunes during Tuesday’s NHL draft lottery. The Florida Panthers won the rights to the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft, with the Buffalo Sabres checking in with the second pick and the Edmonton Oilers earning the third pick. The Panthers had an 18.8 percent chance to win the lottery given their positio...

5 Crucial X-Factors for Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers
The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers haven't met in the playoffs in 17 years, but the bitter rivals will face one another in one of the most highly anticipated first-round showdowns of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 45-31-6 Rangers only finished two points ahead of the 42-30-10 Flyers, but, in doing so, will enjoy home-ice advantage when the best-of-seven ...

NHL Draft Lottery 2014: How Results Affect Who Will Be the No. 1 Overall Pick
This year’s edition of the NHL draft lottery was somewhat anticlimactic. While the potential existed for something crazy—Toronto takes the first overall pick!—to happen, TSN’s live broad...

Burke feeling comfortable with fourth overall pick in 2014 NHL Draft
CALGARY, AB -- As it stands right now, the Calgary Flames will pick fourth in the 2014 NHL Draft and while President of Hockey Operations and interim general manager Brian Burke is comfortable with that, he may not be the one doing the drafting on...

Once A 'Wild' Notion; Minnesota Now Real Focus
Chicago. Chicago. Chicago. That’s all anyone was talking about around the Avalanche dressing room in recent weeks, with the consensus among inquisitors being that the Avs and the Blackhawks were destined to meet in the first round of this year’...

GARTH'S CORNER: You Know Your Team Is Working Hard. Its Worth A Deuce
In April 2013, the Florida Panthers lost the first overall pick in the NHL Draft Lottery to the Colorado Avalanche. The Cats would select Sasha Barkov second overall in that draft, after the Avs grabbed QMJHL scoring legend Nathan MacKinnon with the first overall pick in the 2013 entry draft. .@NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly reveals the #Sabres logo at the 2014 #NHLDraft Lottery. (...

Eight reasons why west is best in NHL
The west is best.

Florida Panthers win first overall pick in NHL Entry Draft in lottery


Florida Panthers jump ahead of last-place Buffalo Sabres to win NHL draft lottery


Islanders To Select Fifth Overall in 2014 NHL Draft
The New York Islanders will have the fifth overall pick in the 2014 National Hockey League Draft, as determined tonight by the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery. The 2014 NHL Draft will take place in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center over two days, F...

NHL playoff preview capsules of 8 opening-round series, starting Wednesday


#BattleOn Playoff Preview: Game 1
MORNING SKATE: The Blue Jackets have arrived in Pittsburgh and we're less than 24 hours away from the start of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. The team will hold a morning skate at 11:30 a.m. at CONSOL Energy Center, and we'll have complete coverag...

SECOND TO NONE
TORONTO – The Buffalo Sabres did not win the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday despite having the best odds to do so. However, Sabres general manager Tim Murray is confident that the organization will still be able to draft the player they feel is...

ESPN Forecast: Vezina Trophy
Our ESPN Forecast panel votes for who should win and who will win the Vezina Trophy.

Injury-ridden Red Wings in tough against experienced Bruins
Injury-ridden Red Wings in tough against experienced Bruins

Who is Travis Viola and why was he the Florida Panthers’ NHL draft rep?
Seated at the table in the TSN studios were the usual suspects for the NHL Draft Lottery. Brian Burke, repping the Calgary Flames, seated between Scott Howson of the Edmonton Oilers and Trent Klatt of the New York Islanders. At the end was Tim Murray of the Buffalo Sabres, in all his Dwight Schrute-ness. But among the front office wonks, crusty GMs and ex-players was a new face, with a familiar name: Travis Viola. Who? It’s the question most of Canada was asking, mak...

ESPN Forecast: Jack Adams Award
Our ESPN Forecast panel votes for who should win and who will win the Jack Adams Award.

Erik Johnson Excited For First Playoff Series
Now in his seventh season in the NHL, it's hard to believe Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson has yet to play in a playoff game. That will no longer be the case. "I'm really excited," Johnson said two days prior to playing in his first postseaso...

Lindback leads charge as strong netminding emerges at pivotal time
The Tampa Bay Lightning's playoff stock may have plummeted when netminder Ben Bishop grimaced in pain on the ice after he was injured while diving for a puck one week ago. Confidence, however, has continued to rise in the locker room despite losin...

Penguins still searching for 2nd Cup of Crosby era
Penguins still searching for 2nd Cup of Crosby era

Kid has Xbox taken away, but Red Wings, fans make it right
Kid has Xbox taken, Red Wings make it right

Now is time for Ottawa Senators to trade Andy
The list of teams looking for a No. 1 goalie this summer will be short, but if the Senators can somehow find the right match they really should deal Craig Anderson.

'We're just embarrassed': Leafs coach Randy Carlyle at end-of-season presser
Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle addressed the media Tuesday at a news conference.

Oilers to draft No. 3 as MacTavish says he's committed to talented young core
Winning their last game for Ryan Smyth may have provided the feel-good story of the year for the Edmonton Oilers and their fans.

Leafs' Reimer to play for Team Canada at worlds
James Reimer will get another chance to play goal and impress some possible new suitors next season.

Florida Panthers win NHL draft lottery
A year ago, the 2013 NHL draft lottery saw the last-place Florida Panthers leapfrogged by the Colorado Avalanche in the Nathan MacKinnon sweepstakes.

Michael Stuart: Lightning vs. Canadiens: Game One Preview
For the first time since 2011, it’s bonus hockey time in Tampa, Florida. Round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs begins tomorrow night for the Tampa Bay Lightning, as they will host the Montreal Canadiens at 401 Channelside for game one of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. Tampa finished the season series between the two clubs with a sparkling 3-0-1 record, and outplayed Montreal in...

NHL notes: Long rebuild not in Sabres' plans
Tim Murray is not happy with what transpired this season and will do whatever it takes to turn around the Buffalo Sabres.

Matt Karash: Hurricanes exit interviews/ Does better 2014-15 run through Eric Staal 2.0?
I just finished watching the remainder of the Carolina Hurricanes 2013-14 season exit interviews. While serving as decent hockey content filler to get me through the 1st day (I count Monday as a day of hockey morning leading into the offseason) of another long offseason, there was minimal content of interest. With Anton Khudobin doing his tomorrow and a Kirk Muller press conference scheduled for...

Oilers' GM gives coach Dallas Eakins vote of confidence
Craig MacTavish is standing by his man.

GM Murray: Sabres not 'a five-year rebuild'
Tim Murray's vision of rebuilding the Buffalo Sabres involves several things.

HockeyBuzz Wire: Panthers win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery
NHL.com The Panthers will pick first in the 2014 NHL Draft after winning the lottery Tuesday. As the 29th-place team in the final 2013-14 NHL standings, the Panthers entered with an 18.8 percent chance (second best) of getting the No. 1 pick. The Buffalo Sabres had the best chance to win the lottery (25 percent) based on their 30th-place finish but will pick second. The draft will be he...

Avalanche Farm Report: April 15
Cody Corbett (Edmonton Oil Kings): Edmonton is awaiting their next opponent after taking out Brandon in five games. Corbett would pick up an assist in the Oil Kings' 5-2 win in Game 3 this past Tuesday. The defenseman scored a goal in both a 5-2 l...

Blues Get Some Injured Back for Practice
HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- The St. Louis Blues ended the regular season missing eight regulars from their lineup. When they open the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks, veteran forward Brenden Morrow, one of those injured, decl...

Wild expect to put Granlund back in lineup vs. Avs; centre hasn't played yet in April


From 'Bob' to Quick to Bryz, the goalies who could get hot and lead their teams to the Cup


Canada's world championship roster taking shape, includes two Leafs


Fire&nice: Passionate Patrick Roy has shown a softer side in guiding Avs back to playoffs


Torres practices Tuesday, but still uncertain for Sharks' playoff opener


New format among 10 storylines to watch during Stanley Cup playoffs


Flyers goalie Steve Mason's status uncertain for playoff opener


Florida Panthers Win No. 1 Pick In NHL Draft Lottery
The Florida Panthers will pick first in the 2014 NHL Draft after winning the lottery Tuesday. As the 29th place team in the final 2013-14 NHL standings, the Panthers entered with an 18.8 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick. The Buffalo ...

Wild expect Granlund to be back for playoffs
Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund likely will return to action for the playoffs, after a hit to the head kept him out for the last six games of the regular season.

Flames to pick fourth at 2014 NHL Draft
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames will have the fourth overall pick at the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia. It will be highest pick in Calgary Flames history. NHL DRAFT LOTTERY RESULTS 1. Florida Panthers 2. Buffalo Sabres 3. Edmonton Oi...

NHL Fantasy Fare: Potential first-round sleepers
The Stanley Cup pools are upon us, so it's time for our annual look at some potential sleepers.

Senators owner gives MacLean vote of confidence
Senators owner gives MacLean vote of confidence

Flames disappointed but weren't dull in 2013-14
Since they missed the playoffs for a fifth straight spring, the rebuilding Calgary Flames will categorize 2013-14 as a failure.

Laviolette to coach U.S. at world championships
Longtime NHL coach Peter Laviolette will lead Team USA at the IIHF World Championships next month in Minsk, Belarus.

Puck Daddy’s NHL Draft Lottery 2014: Edmonton, again?
It’s the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery, going at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Tuesday night, and we’re live-chattin’ it! Here are the odds for the lottery tonight: Buffalo Sabres - 25.0% Toronto Maple Leafs - 3.6% Florida Panthers

Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Lightning #1
The Centennial Club : To be the best, you need to beat the best. If you have any hope of hoisting the Stanley Cup come June, the chances that you’ll have to battle teams that registered solid regular season records – that is, squads that have amassed 100 points or more in the standings – are quite good. Tampa Bay certainly fits that mold. That being said, the playoff series against the Lightning marks the 30th time the Canadiens will have battled an opponent of that calibre, a league re...

Burns Nominated for King Clancy Memorial Trophy
SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks announced today that forward Brent Burns (@Burnzie88) has been nominated for the 2014 King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The King Clancy Memorial Trophy is an annual award given "to the player in the League that best exemp...

New NHL concussion suit also targets violence
Another group of former NHL players has joined the fight for compensation for head injuries they say they incurred while playing, while also targeting the violence of the game they believe brought about those injuries.

Panthers jump Sabres to win NHL draft lottery
The Florida Panthers bucked the odds by jumping up a spot to win the NHL draft lottery and earn the right to the top pick in June.

Florida Panthers Win NHL Draft Lottery
SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers own the No. 1 overall selection at the 2014 NHL Draft after winning the NHL draft lottery on Tuesday night. In addition to selecting first overall, the Panthers own the 32nd overall selection (second round), as...

Florida Panthers win 2014 NHL Draft lottery, leaping over Buffalo
The Buffalo Sabres had a 25 percent chance of taking the top spot in the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery, which would have been a nice consolation prize after a terrible, imploding season. Alas, they got more sand kicked in their face – Floridian sand. The Florida Panthers, with an 18.8 percent chance of getting the top pick, won the NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday night. Last season the Panthers had the best odds and fell to No. 2 overall, taking forward Aleksander Barkov. ...

Dee Karl: Isles Stay at #5
Bill Daley didn't create any interest in the lottery show as all but the Florida Panthers stayed in the exact spots they were supposed to be in. Trent Klatt drew the short straw and ended up on the broadcast this year. He was asked what the Isles would do if they managed to win the first overall pick. Would they give it to Buffalo or retain it. How stupid to ask that question of Klatt who ev...

Can Kings-Sharks repeat last year's seven-game beauty?
The Early Word: These two teams met in the second round last spring as the sixth (Sharks) and fifth (Kings) seeds and it was a seven-game beauty with each team winning once in the other team's barn before the Kings finally prevailed 2-1 in Game 7 in L.A. The Sharks are sixth in the league in goals scored, the Kings, 26th....

Torres likely day-of decision for playoff opener
Raffi Torres is making progress but it's still unclear whether he'll play for the San Jose Sharks in their playoff opener Thursday night against the Los Angeles Kings.

Matt Henderson: The Oilers' Top 4 Choices In The 2014 Draft
The upcoming NHL entry draft has a pretty well defined upper echelon of players who will be available for the Oilers at 3rd Overall. The club has essentially said its pick has been available for the right price for a few years but even when they dropped down to 7th nobody gave them what they needed to pass on the 18 year old kid who was available at that spot, so forgive me if I no longer believe...

Lightning, Chase Continue 'Educators of the Month' Appreciation Program
TAMPA BAY - As a way to honor teachers and principals who are making a difference in the lives of local students, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chase are continuing to partner during the playoffs with Tampa Bay area Public Schools in their Educators...

Fleury Ready to Answer Critics
The biggest question the fans and media have going into the postseason is how Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will perform. But he was ready with an answer for his doubters on Tuesday, on the eve of Game 1 against Pittsburgh’s first-round op...

Flyers-Rangers: The Bitter Rivalry
If it doesn’t seem to Paul Holmgren that 17 years have passed since the Flyers and Rangers have met in the playoffs, it is because the pain of 1983 and 1986 still feels inflicted just yesterday. “Seventeen years, I couldn’t believe it when I he...

Numerology: Mikael Backlund
1 - For the first time in his NHL career, Mikael Backlund donned a letter on his chest. He wore the 'A' during a portion of the season while other veterans were out with injuries. 39 - The 25-year-old posted 39 points through 76 games, which is...

Rangers and Flyers set to clash in potentially ugly series
Rangers and Flyers set to clash in potentially ugly series

McCABE NAMED TO TEAM USA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER
Rookie defenseman Jake McCabe was one of 15 players named to the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete at the IIHF World Championship from May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus. Also joining McCabe on Team USA are Sabres assistant coach Joe Sacco a...

Kings Recall Linden Vey From Manchester
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings have recalled forward Linden Vey from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. This is Vey’s fifth re-call of the season. The 22-y...

Quenneville spreads wealth with Blackhawks' offense
It looks like Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is going to experiment with his team's wealth of talent to start the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Quenneville rolled out some interesting new forward lines Tuesday during an hour-long practice. I...

And then there were five...
Five remain. We are set for the third round of the Canadian Hockey League playoffs and five Vancouver Canucks prospects still remain, including Cole Cassels and his Oshawa Generals, who have yet to face defeat through the first two rounds. T...

Lightning's Bishop out for Game 1 against Canadiens
If the Tampa Bay Lightning are going to beat the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Atlantic Division semifinal, they are going to have to do it without their most valuable player.

Puck Daddy’s NHL 2013-14 NHL Award Picks: Calder, Adams, Selke


How a Healthy Ryan McDonagh Can Energize New York Rangers
Ryan McDonagh was one of the New York Rangers' best players this season and the New York Rangers media named him team MVP for his contributions on...

OYO Toys In-Stock at Isles Team Store
OYO Toys are back by popular demand at the Islanders team store! The Coliseum team store has just received a new shipment of Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen toys, so don't delay, as these hot items sell fast! The Islanders fan appreciation sa...

Rookie Freddie Andersen to get Game 1 start for Anaheim Ducks?
Remember when Jonas Hiller won 14 games in a row and shut out the Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium? Remember when he was being chatted up a Vezina candidate and there was no chance in [blank] that he was getting traded at the deadline? Yeah, good times. Fast forward to...

Malkin's return another boost for Penguins as inexperienced Blue Jackets loom


Paul McCann: Coaching Sneak Peek?
Are we getting a preview of what is to come? USA Hockey has just released the news that Pete Laviolette will be Team USA’s head coach for the upcoming World Championships in Belarus. Laviolette was an assistant coach for the US Olympic team in Sochi. The assistant coaches are Joe Sacco, Don Granato and (drumroll please…) Predator assistant coach Phil Housley. Another Predator connection…...

Backlund coming off of career year
CALGARY, AB -- The 2013-14 campaign was a renaissance year for Calgary Flames pivot Mikael Backlund. The Swede potted a career-high 18 goals and 39 points through 76 games - the most he has played in a single season - and solidified himself a t...

Thanks for coming Blue Jackets, but the Penguins have this
The Early Word: The Penguins are to the Stanley Cup playoffs what Lady Gaga is to show business: you never know what outrageous development is going to take over the stage.

Ottawa Senators GM Murray says he hasn't offered captain Spezza a new contract


Melnyk says Senators need leadership, no word yet on Spezza's future


Smith excited to face brother in playoffs
DETROIT - When Brendan and Reilly Smith used to face off in a seven-game series in their childhood basement, the only thing that was ever really at stake was their pride. “Pride – I mean more than anything, I couldn’t let him beat me as my litt...

TJ Oshie, Brenden Morrow practice for Blues, Blackhawks also returning to full strength


T.J. Oshie, Brenden Morrow practice for Blues; Blackhawks back at full strength


Kings and Avalanche To Play Preseason Game In Colorado Springs October 2


Storm’s Robby Fabbri named CHL Player of the Week
2014 NHL Draft prospect Robby Fabbri of the Guelph Storm is the CHL Player of the Week after scoring four goals and three assists for seven points in three games.

Otters’ Devin Williams named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week
Devin Williams of the Erie Otters is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week after posting a 2-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 0.94 and save percentage of .968.

Blashill earns coach of the year award
DETROIT – Anyone who has ever been coached by the Griffins’ Jeff Blashill tells of a passionate man who has a comforting demeanor with a constructive teaching style. “I can’t say enough good things about Jeff. He was huge for me, kinda brought...

Practice Report: Ducks, Honda Center Ready for Game 1
By Kyle Shohara On the eve of Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, the Ducks took to the ice for a practice that had the look – and feel – of postseason hockey. Honda Center’s ice is emblazoned with “Stanley Cup Playoffs” on each ...

Potent attack meets stingy defence in Avalanche vs. Wild
Potent attack meets stingy defence in Avalanche vs. Wild

Ducks ripe for a first-round upset by Stars
The Early Word: If there's a team ripe for an upset in the first round it just might be the Anaheim Ducks. Head coach Bruce Boudreau, going back to his days with the Washington Capitals, hasn't had a lot of success recreating regular-season excellence in the post-season.

Donovan and Nelson Named to US Team at World Championships
USA Hockey announced today that New York Islanders defenseman Matt Donovan and forward Brock Nelson have been selected to the U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championships from May ...

Anaheim Ducks hope their long-delayed playoff success finally starts when they face Stars


Burke, Flames raise bar for next season
CALGARY, AB -- Satisfied, but not to the point he's prepared to call the 2013-14 season a success. That was the message from president of hockey operations and interim general manager Brian Burke on garbage bag day after a 27th place finish fro...

Crosby ready to seize another opportunity with Penguins in playoffs


Canadiens prepared for tight, low-scoring playoff battle with Lightning


Rick Sadowski: MacKinnon moves back to center without Duchene and Mitchell
!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Follow @RickS7 The Avalanche practiced Tuesday for the first time since claiming the Central Division title with 11...

Power play and stopping Stamkos will be keys to Habs beating Lightning


Sabres GM Murray steers has no patience for 5-year rebuilding plan for last-place team


Lightning confident G Anders Lindback up for challenge of facing Canadiens in NHL playoffs


Eklund: The HockeybuzzCast Episode 4. How the West Will Be Won....George...


Former players sue NHL, alleging league hid risks of concussions; third such suit filed


New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers: Puck Daddy's Tinder NHL playoff preview
Ed. Note: With its new playoff format, the NHL is seeking to create passion for fans and teams through forced, bracketed relationships. But hey, at first glance, the matchups are pretty sexy. All of this led to one ideal theme for our 2014 Playoff Preview: Tinder, the social media dating app. We hope you swipe right this postseason ...) When the NHL introduced this version of divisional playoffs, Rangers/Flyers is the type of series they had envisioned taking place on an an...

Blue Jackets look at series with mighty Penguins as opportunity to finally get some respect


Banged-up Blues may not have enough left to beat Blackhawks
The Early Word: At the beginning of the season, if you were going to pick a Western Conference team that deserved to be in the Stanley Cup final it might have been either the St. Louis Blues or Chicago Blackhawks.

Palat, Filppula return to practice; Bishop remains out
A question mark surrounded Tampa Bay Lightning netminder Ben Bishop heading into the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs and it will remain there at least through Game 1. Bishop did not practice with the Lightning Tuesday and while head coach Jon Cooper ...

Tavares loves Long Island; MacLean gets vote of confidence; Playoff nails (Puck Headlines)
Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. • Here's an interesting way to pick the first round: by painting your nails. Why didn't I think of that? Anyway. I would say she... nailed it. And now I nailed it with that joke. [

NHL Playoff Predictions 2014: Underdogs That Will Overcome Odds in 1st Round
Opinions regarding the NHL's new playoff system seem to run the gamut, but there is no question that it has led to some intriguing first-round matchups. In fact, many of the first-round series could easily pass as conference finals, which ensures that there will be plenty of excitement from start to finish during the postseason. Such compe...

NHL Playoff Predictions 2014: Underdogs That Will Overcome Odds in 1st Round
Opinions regarding the NHL's new playoff system seem to run the gamut, but there is no question that it has led to some intriguing first-round matchups. In fact, many of the first-round series could easily pass as conference finals, which ensures that there will be plenty of excitement from start to finish during the postseason. Such compe...

NHL Lottery 2014: Projected Order, Odds and Format for Pre-Draft Event
The 2013-14 NHL regular season is finally over. While many teams have already turned their attention to the playoffs, the rest of the league is forced to focus on the draft lottery and where each team will pick in the first round. The 2014 draft lottery will air Tuesday, April 15 on the NHL Network at 8:30 p.m. ET. With the 14 worst teams eligible for the draft lo...

NHL Lottery 2014: Projected Order, Odds and Format for Pre-Draft Event
The 2013-14 NHL regular season is finally over. While many teams have already turned their attention to the playoffs, the rest of the league is forced to focus on the draft lottery and where each team will pick in the first round. The 2014 draft lottery will air Tuesday, April 15 on the NHL Network at 8:30 p.m. ET. With the 14 worst teams eligible for the draft lo...

Flyers Ink Gostisbehere to an entry-level contract
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed 2012 Draft Pick, defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to an entry-level contract. He will report to the club's AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, for the remainder of the season. Gost...

5 Reasons for Pittsburgh Penguins Fans to Be Optimistic About the Playoffs
With the 82-game regular season—a season which saw them win 51 games—now behind them, the Pittsburgh Penguins can look ahead to the games that really matter in pursuit of another 16 wins and the Stanley Cup. Last year, the Pens advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference Final only to be swept by the Boston Bruins

5 Reasons for Pittsburgh Penguins Fans to Be Optimistic About the Playoffs
With the 82-game regular season—a season which saw them win 51 games—now behind them, the Pittsburgh Penguins can look ahead to the games that really matter in pursuit of another 16 wins and the Stanley Cup. Last year, the Pens advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference Final only to be swept by the Boston Bruins

Jackets focused, also updates on Foligno & Umberger
Both the Blue Jackets and Pittsburgh Penguins received positive news when their teams took the ice for practice on Tuesday. Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Murray, who missed practice due to maintenance on Monday, returned to the ice for an hour-long pr...

NHL’s new playoff format is all about gambling, isn’t it?
There are certain words and phrases that are synonymous with the Stanley Cup Playoffs – “sudden death,” “home ice advantage,” “Red Wings” – and the NHL had added one that it hopes will join the lexicon: “Bracket.” Every playoff in every sport has one at the start, but you can usually turn it into compost after the opening round when the higher seeds are shifted over to face lower seeds. But the NHL has gone they way of March Madness...

Why the Washington Capitals Shouldn't Clean House This Offseason
For the Washington Capitals, to say that missing the postseason for the first time in seven years is embarrassing would be a gross understatement, because much more was expected of this team.  And, as is almost always the case when a team fails to come anywhere close to meeting its potential, it's certainly possible that both Adam Oates and George

Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Craig Custance of ESPN; Western Conf. playoff preview


Source: Flyers extend MacDonald six years
The Philadelphia Flyers gave veteran defenseman Andrew MacDonald a multiyear contract extension, the team announced Tuesday.

Penguins Roundup: 4/15/14
The Penguins held an 11 a.m. practice at CONSOL Energy Center Tuesday afternoon. Here is the gist of what went down… *Centers Evgeni Malkin (foot) and Joe Vitale (mid-body) returned to their first full practice. Their status is unknown for We...

Carol Schram: Draft Lottery Day, Luongo Joins TSN, An Opening in Abbotsford
At last—an opportunity to believe in the power of pure luck. After all the bad karma that has surrounded the Vancouver Canucks this year, perhaps their fortunes turn when their ping pong ball gets pulled at today's draft lottery, which airs at 5 p.m. PT today on TSN. @blakeprice1040 Canucks with a 1 and 16 chance of getting the first overall pick. Yeah, 16.— B. Wayne (@canuckjunky) April...

Oilers GM gives coach a vote of confidence and says he's optimistic about future


Coaching could tip Habs-Lightning in Tampa's favour
The Early Word: The Lightning took the season series in which the Habs scored only one goal in each of the games (the Canadiens' lone win came in a 2-1 shootout victory). This could come down to the Habs being disciplined and being able to control Tampa's Steven Stamkos and the Bolts' power play (the Canadiens have the f...

Fire with fire
MONTREAL – Against the Lightning in Game One, the Canadiens appear well equipped to run-and-gun against Tampa’s high-flying offense. For the Montreal Canadiens, one of the focal points of the upcoming series against the Lightning will be how to best contain Lightning captain Steven Stamkos. The former Rocket Richard Trophy winner had an NHL-best 0.68 goal per game this season, only missing out on the goal-scoring title for the third time due to losing half the season to a severe leg inju...

Frozen Fury 16 Set For Oct. 4
“Frozen Fury 16” will take place in October as the Los Angeles Kings return to Las Vegas and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as part of their 2014 preseason schedule, the club announced today. On Saturday, October 4, the Kings will “host” the Colo...

Ty Anderson: One final appreciation of the 82
The Boston Bruins did not win their final game of the regular season, and that’s totally OK, really. Falling to the New Jersey Devils by a 3-2 final on Sunday, the loss meant absolutely nothing to the Black-and-Gold. They had already clinched the Presidents’ Trophy by way of their Saturday afternoon win against the hapless Buffalo Sabres the day before. With 81 games in the books, the Bruins w...

Jason Lewis: Playoff Prediction Time!
The playoffs officially start tomorrow, and there are some tremendous series on the docket. What good playoff season would be complete though without some terrible and awful predictions? Hopefully I can fill the void of that right now as I go series by series and predict what I think might happen in the first round. Of course my goal in this is to not be terrible, but ya know,it happens. An...

For Hurricanes, 5th straight year outside the playoffs leads to off-season of uncertainty


Blue Jackets Open House on Sunday, April 6th


Malkin aims to return for Game 1 of playoffs
Former NHL scoring champ and playoff MVP Evgeni Malkin returned to practice with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time since being felled by a foot injury on March 23.

Adam French: Why the Kings Won’t Win the Cup
This will be the third time in the past four postseasons that the Kings meet the Sharks, they’ve split it 1-1…not that it matters much this time around. It’s interesting to note as well that Tomas Hertl will make his return from injury…and the culprit who set him out after what was looking like a Calder lock performance? Dustin Brown and his magical knee. Aside from having probably what...

Extra off-days gives Zetterberg hope
DETROIT – The Red Wings-Bruins series doesn’t get underway until Game 1 Friday in Boston, the last of the eight opening-round series to kick off the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. But starting a day or two after everyone else might be beneficial fo...

Randy Carlyle remains the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs - for now


2014 Draft Lottery
So you're telling me there's a chance… Yes, actually. When the NHL conducts the 2014 Draft Lottery Tuesday evening, there’s a chance the Vancouver Canucks could acquire the first overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. It’s a 6.2 per cent chance...

Paul Stewart: You Don't Know Jack
Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 With the Stanley Cup playoffs about to start, I am reminded of one of my favorite stories from my career. Whenever I used to work a game in Los Angeles, part of the fun was always seeing what celebrities would come out to the games. Now, as most of you know, I am far from the shy type. I love to meet and talk with people and don't get star-struck or ne...

Flames to discontinue AHL operations in Abbotsford
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they will discontinue their American Hockey League operations in the City of Abbotsford at the conclusion of the 2013-14 AHL season. “In 2010 we came to Abbotsford with our AHL affiliate at...

Blue Jackets announce fan festivities around 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets invite fans to “Battle On” with a host of activities surrounding the 2014 Blue Jackets playoffs, presented by AEP Energy, Nationwide Insurance and The Columbus Dispatch. The Blue Jackets open their Easte...

Reinhart, Pelech Advance, Rimouski To Play Game 7


Islanders Prospect Report


Travis Yost: Pseudo-President of Hockey Operations Speaks
Ottawa's President of Hockey Operations gave some interesting answers in his conference call with local media on Tuesday morning. I've parsed some tweets from Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch here -- you can check out his Twitter feed here. If you're looking for a summary, it goes as follows: (1) You don't need to spend money to win; (2) The team is almost certainly trading the captain this summer,...

Malkin, Vitale Return to Practice
Don’t look now, but the Pens are starting to get healthy at the right time. The Penguins suffered an NHL-high 529 man-games lost due to injury this season, but centers Evgeni Malkin and Joe Vitale appear poised to return to the lineup, on the ...

Colin Dambrauskas: 2014 NHL Lottery Draft & Hockey Gods?
Follow Colin on Twitter!: @ColinDJD Do hockey gods really exist? Well, in the off chance that they do, I’m sure that they/he/she…it…isn’t overly happy that I didn’t capitalize the “g” in god…but then again, are we to assume that they wouldn’t have a name(s)? I digress. Many fans often reference “hockey gods” when speaking of instances where their team plays aby...

Loss to Kings in last year's playoffs taught Blues valuable lessons


Blue Jackets recall goaltender Jeremy Smith from Springfield Falcons (AHL)
COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled goaltender Jeremy Smith from the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Smith, 25, has compiled a 21-14-3 record in 38 gam...

Dan Petriw: Draft Lottery 8pm; Hey Ya Never Know
While the Islander season has finally been put to bed, the offseason begins in earnest tonight as the NHL Draft Lottery will occur at 8pm. The Islanders currently are slotted for the fifth position in the 2014 entry draft, but they do have a slim shot of winning the lottery and moving up to the first position. The odds of the Isles moving up to the top spot are 8.1%, so much like the Isles power...

Ryan Wilson: Know Thy Enemy
Follow me on twitter Follow @GunnerStaal !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); We are on the eve of embarking on another exciting Stanley Cup Playoff. I...

Todd Cordell: Western Conference Playoff Predictions: Round 1
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell The 2014 NHL playoffs begin tomorrow and yesterday I posted my Eastern Conference predictions, so today I'll do the same for the Western Conference. There are a lot of good teams out West so it's tough to predict exactly how it'll all play out, but here are my picks: Dallas Stars (WC2) at Anaheim Ducks Prediction: Ducks in 6 Jamie Benn and Tyler Seg...

Coyotes Assign Four Players to AHL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have assigned defensemen Connor Murphy and Brandon Gormley, goaltender Mark Visentin and forward T...

Wild Announces Local Broadcast Schedule
The opening four games of the Minnesota Wild's first round matchup against the Colorado Avalanche will be broadcast locally on television and radio. The Wild, along with FOX Sports North and FM 100.3 KFAN, today announced the local broadcast s...

Penguins Re-Assign Three Players to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned defenseman Simon Despres and forwards Chuck Kobasew and Harry Zolnierczyk to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager...

James Tanner: A Philosophic Look At The Playoffs
Well my friends, the Coyotes won't be making a trip this year, but that doesn't stop us from caring about the NHL playoffs. In my opinion, the NHL is unique in that it's the first of the four rounds of playoff hockey that is usually the best, as opposed to the actual championship match-up. Maybe this owes to the potential upsets, or that its just the natural culmination of going through an 82...

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets: Puck Daddy's Tinder NHL playoff preview
(Ed. Note: With its new playoff format, the NHL is seeking to create passion for fans and teams through forced, bracketed relationships. But hey, at first glance, the matchups are pretty sexy. All of this led to one ideal theme for our 2014 Playoff Preview: Tinder, the social media dating app. We hope you swipe right this postseason ...) Both the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets should be rather happy with realignment. Getting out of the West meant g...

Burnside: 4 deadline deals with playoff payoff
Four trades were made at the deadline that could have a sneaky-good results in the playoffs, writes Scott Burnside.

NHL 14 predicts Boston Bruins as Stanley Cup champs, which means it won't happen
As the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs approach, it's that time of year where everyone is in the prediction business. You'll hear crowing from those who made stellar choices over the next two months and utter silence when what they expected to happen doesn't even come close to reality; like if some idiot thought the Boston Bruins were going to get swept ...

Simmons breaks down this year's post-season structure
This is the dandelion year for the Stanley Cup playoffs - after a season of trying to figure out exactly how the standings work, now we're supposed to figure out how the playoffs work.

Nashville Predators Sign 2013 Third-Round Pick Felix Girard
Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed 2013 third-round draft pick Felix Girard to a three-year entry-level contract. Girard, 19 (5/9/94), won ...

Nashville Predators Reassign Calle Jarnkrok to Milwaukee
Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has reassigned forward Calle Jarnkrok to Milwaukee (AHL), who recently clinched its 12th consecutive Calder Cup Playoff...

Top Of Draft Order Determined Tonight
The NHL Draft will be held on June 27-28, 2014 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The draft order of the first 13 picks will be finalized Tuesday night at the NHL Draft Lottery in Toronto at 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN). At the NHL Draft L...

Julie Robenhymer: van Riemsdyk the UFA Steal of the Year
All year long, you ask me who the sought-after college free agents are going to be and if you've been paying attention, I've been telling you that this year it's all about the blueline. The big fish - literally - was 24-year-old, 6'3, 220 sophomore Christian Folin out of UMass-Lowell, who signed with Minnesota. He's a smooth skater who is positionally sound and has a hell of a shot. I was also...

Mike Augello: Carlyle To Hold End Of The Season Press Conference
The presence of Maple Leafs Head Coach Randy Carlyle on the dais for the announcement of the hiring of Brendan Shanahan was conspicuous on Monday, as the club’s new Team President, MLSE Chairman Tim Leiweke and GM Dave Nonis set a general tone that the organization’s performance in the last month reflected the need for a change in culture, but did not offer specifics and concentrated mostly on...

Guide To Realignment
The NHL debuted its new four-division format with the start of the 2013-14 regular season. The four-division plan, featuring a new setup for the playoffs, was approved by the League's Board of Governors in March of 2013. The NHL and NHL Players'...

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: Post-Practice Updates
The Flyers conducted a lengthy practice at the Skate Zone in Voorhees as they begin to prepare in earnest for Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night. The practice ran sufficiently long that both rinks at the Skate Zone were used, ala training camp. Philadelphia practiced with the following lines: Scott Hartnell - Claud...

Canadian NHL clubs suffering from constant turnover
If you think the Canadian dollar has lacked stability the past couple of years, just take a peek into the front offices of the seven NHL teams in the Great White North.

NHL Draft 2014: Latest on Ryan Kesler, Sam Bennett and More Offseason Rumors
While one group of NHL teams gets ready for a playoff run that will end with one club raising the Stanley Cup, the rest of the franchises have already turned their attention to the offseason. Some front offices have more work to do than others, but missing the postseason is a sign change is needed. A lot of those changes come leading up to and at the draft. That's when t...

Flyers give Andrew MacDonald 6-year, $30 million deal
The Philadelphia Flyers apparently liked what they saw out of defenseman Andrew MacDonald after they acquired him from the New York Islanders. With unrestricted free agency looming, they cut him a 6-year, $30-million deal to remain on the Philly blue line.

Mike Augello: Snow Is A Metaphor For Draft Lottery Day
April 15th has a negative connotation for most because it is tax deadline day in the US. The reappearance of Old Man Winter in Western New York and Southern Ontario had only added more misery. For the Buffalo Sabres, this day is a first step towards an optimistic future, as they find out whether they will have the first overall selection in the upcoming Entry Draft when the NHL Draft Lottery tak...

Peter Tessier: Fan Choice Jets Awards are Now Out!
Below is a big image in pie-chart form. It's not official but it does tell you what close to 1000 people thought of the NHL Jets this season. Below the graphic is a consolidated list. I apologize for the size as the column width is set on this website. The summary is this: Maple Leaf Award= Goaltending Fenwick Aaward= Stuart Chevy Award= James Wright Olive Branch Award= Al...

Buffalo Sabres: Could Losing the Draft Lottery Be Better in the Long Run?
On Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET, the NHL will announce the winner of the draft lottery, and Buffalo Sabres fans will finally be able see where this dreadful season will slot us in June's draft.  The Sabres hold the best individual odds to win the first pick at 25 percent, according to TSN.ca. That leaves the rest of the ...

Bruins Recall Justin Florek from Providence on an Emergency Basis
BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, April 15, that the club has recalled forward Justin Florek from Providence (American Hockey League) on an emergency basis. Florek will join the team for Tuesday's 11:00 a....

Flyers sign MacDonald to multi-year extension
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed defenseman Andrew MacDonald to a multi-year contract extension today, according to general manager Paul Holmgren. MacDonald was acquired by the Flyers around this year's trade deadline on ...

X-Factor: Nichushkin Finds Comfort Level With Stars
The Dallas Stars are young, fast and dangerous. It begins with their top-line punch of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, but there are more reasons why Dallas is back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in six years. One is right wing Va...

Video game simulation has Boston Bruins winning Stanley Cup over San Jose Sharks


Montreal Canadiens' Biggest Questions in Playoff Series vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
The Montreal Canadiens 2013-14 Stanley Cup playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning is set to begin. Game 1 will go off in Tampa on April 16.  The Habs will be looking to improve on last year's five-game exit at the hands of the Ottawa Senators

Eric Engels: Habs in Six, Playoff Predictions...
Playoff predictions: Boston vs. Detroit: Bruins in six very painful games for the Red Wings. It's phenomenal that the Wings have gutted it out this long, but their only chance in this series is to steal the first couple of games in Boston. It's not impossible, but it's not going to happen. This team's been playing playoff hockey since the Olympics, and they're going up against a Bruins team...

Hockey Hugs: Marty St. Louis is scared; Blue Jackets float through life
Hockey Hugs is a feature that celebrates the best in hugging from around the sport of hockey, because who doesn't love a good hug now and then? Have you seen a particularly good hug photo lately? Send it to puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or Tweet it to 

Rangers agree with college free agent Bodie
The New York Rangers have landed one of the most sought-after college free agents in defenseman Mat Bodie.

Eklund: So you think you are better than me? Join our NHL.com bracket and prove it.
So, yes, many of you out there talk a big game...Many believe they are ALWAYS right and others are always....not right. Finding a way to track prediction in the NHL playoffs all the way through was always difficult, but thanks to the new "gambling friendly" playoff bracket system we too can share in the kind of fun enjoyed by NCAA college basketball fans (and the Food Network's Best of Challenge)...

NHL Western Conference Playoff Betting, Stanley Cup Odds Preview
In the NHL's Western Conference, the surprising Colorado Avalanche enter the playoffs as the Central Division’s No. 1 seed, avoiding a first-round confrontation with the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Despite the

Jan Levine: Rangers-Flyers: Reading the Numbers, Looking for an Advantage
Rangers-Flyers: Reading the Numbers, Looking for an Advantage I did this the past two post-seasons, highlighting a few numbers and seeing if anything could be gleaned from them. Given the familiarity of the two teams, since they last year teams only faced teams in their own conference, and this year, with both remaining in the same division and meeting four times, maybe not much will be learned...

NHL Playoff Betting Preview: Eastern Conference Odds
The heavily favored Boston Bruins start their march toward the Stanley Cup this week against an old foe. The top-seeded Bruins, who enter the playoffs as 7-2 favorites to win their second Stanley Cup since 2011, face the wild-card Detroit Red Wings in the opening round. It’s the first playoff series between the two ...

Poirier's QMJHL season comes to an end
CALGARY, AB -- Calgary Flames 2013 first round pick Emile Poirier and the Gatineau Olympiques' season has come to an end, falling in five games to the Halifax Mooseheads in the second round of the QMJHL playoffs. Poirier picked up two points in...

HockeyBuzz Podcasts: The HockeybuzzCast Episode 3


NHL Playoff Schedule 2014: TV Info and Predictions for 1st-Round Matchups
The 2013-14 NHL regular season was full of incredible action, but the excitement is growing as the playoff schedule approaches. The intense hockey matchups will kick off on Wednesday, April 16. With elite series in both the Eastern Confe...

Depth has been Jackets' recipe for success, and will continue to be
It doesn’t take an expert to look at the Pittsburgh Penguins roster and deduce that they possess more offensive firepower than the Blue Jackets. They were the NHL’s second-highest scoring team in the regular season, sparked by a power play that...

NHL Draft Lottery 2014: Format, Projected Order and Odds for Every Team Involved
The 2013-14 NHL regular season is finally over, and while many teams have turned their focus to the playoffs, other franchises are now focused on the draft lottery. It will air on Tuesday, April 15, on the NHL Network at 8:30 p.m. ET. With a stacked 2014 draft class, the focus on where each team eligible for the lottery will pick has many hockey fans genuinely excited. The top 14 picks ...

2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Your Guide to Everything You Need to Know
The Stanley Cup playoffs are here at long last—they open Wednesday with three games—and that means the long, seemingly never-ending 82-game season has come to a close. There is no better time of year for a hockey fan than the next two months, and they are almost more rewarding after an 82-game season than after a 48-game season induced by a lockout. (Apologies to all the fans of teams that missed the p...

Playoffs approaching, Blues need goalie Ryan Miller to step up game


Avalanche return to playoffs for 1st time since 2010, focus on the Wild


Ranking the Boston Bruins' Top 10 Moments in the 2013-14 Regular Season
Several key personnel changes and a shift in the NHL landscape preceded the Boston Bruins’ 2013-14 season. Those transaction winds precipitated a round of returns to players’ previ...

Adam French: Why the Colorado Avalanche Won’t Win the Cup
One of the biggest surprises in hockey has to be the Patrick Roy led Colorado Avalanche, like the phoenix rising from the ashes the team that selected first overall in 2013 was lifted all the way to the Central Division Title in what can only be described as…unbelievable. I think it was safe to assume that the team would be better than the dismal second last of the half season, presumably Landes...

Despite long odds, Palat has emerged for Lightning
Ondrej Palat sat there and waited. He waited some more. As the 2011 NHL Draft was rolling through its second day about 4,500 miles away in St. Paul Minn., Palat was at home in Frydek-Mistek, Czech Republic, wondering, waiting to see if he wo...

Lightning, Canadiens find little room for separation
The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning do not share a rich and storied history in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The two teams have met once before in the playoffs, and if anyone in the Lightning organization is a believer in good omens, the...

Stars vs. Ducks: Preview and Prediction for NHL Playoffs 2014 Matchup
National Hockey League teams spend six months and 82 games working to capture the best possible seeding for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Though one team is a top seed and one is a wild card, first-round opponents the Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars were both thrilled with their regular-season outcomes this year. The Ducks put together a strong season and finished at the top of the Western Conference, while the Stars made the playoffs for the first time in six years when they grabbed the...

Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars: Puck Daddy's Tinder NHL playoff preview
(Ed. Note: With its new playoff format, the NHL is seeking to create passion for fans and teams through forced, bracketed relationships. But hey, at first glance, the matchups are pretty sexy. All of this led to one ideal theme for our 2014 Playoff Preview: Tinder, the social media dating app. We hope you swipe right this postseason ...) For the second year in a row, the Anaheim Ducks surprised us with their excellence. Sure, folks expected them to be good, but few had the...

Leafs Rielly, Bozak could play for Canada at world championship
The hockey season isn't quite done for some Maple Leafs.

Kessel sputtered along with Leafs playoff hopes
Just as making the playoffs seemed a stone-cold lock for the Maple Leafs as recently as a month ago, so did the prospect of the team's leading scorer Phil Kessel reaching 40 goals for the first time in his career.

Matt Henderson: Playing Draft Plinko
I needed a day or so away from the Oilers to reset. It was all too much for me to take. I was emotional because of the season and how it unfolded and I was emotional from the Ryan Smyth sendoff. That Smyth ceremony, which lasted the entire game, was by far the best thing the Oilers have ever done for a retiring player. It was perfect. But now our eyes move away from the past and once again loo...

Nonis no stranger to working under boss like Shanahan
At one point during Brendan Shanahan's press conference Monday, the new head honcho of the Toronto Maple Leafs leaned over to general manager Dave Nonis and whispered in his ear.

Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle's job could be in jeopardy
Conspicuous by his absence on Monday, as the Maple Leafs welcomed Brendan Shanahan and said goodbye to each other, was coach Randy Carlyle.

Oilers among 14 teams with shot at No. 1 draft pick
In lieu of no longer having Steve Tambellini's lucky tie to put in play, the Edmonton Oilers have decided to send Scott Howson to the NHL Draft Lottery to bring back a beautiful baby.

Emotional goodbye for Trotz as he parts ways with Preds
His voice often trembling and his eyes welling up, Barry Trotz said goodbye to Nashville, Monday, capping one of the most enduring made-in-Manitoba stories in professional sports.

Vancouver Canucks' season was as bad as it gets
To simply describe the Vancouver Canucks season as "bad" would be an understatement.

Panthers' Bjugstad Sets Dubious Record by Leading Team with 38 Points
Florida Panthers rookie forward Nick Bjugstad set a dubious NHL record this season, becoming the first player in league history to lead his team in points with 38 or fewer in a full 82-game season, per The Mi...

Dan Spiegel: We're #2! (sigh)
Here we go again. Another disaster of a season has the Panthers in the draft lottery, this time with the second best chance at landing the first pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. Last year Florida had the best chance at the first pick with a 25% chance after finishing worst in the league. As is the luck in Sunrise, they failed to win the pick. Colorado won it from the same spot Florida sits in thi...

Ducks Season in Review
The 2013-14 Season: The Anaheim Ducks concluded the 2013-14 regular season with a record of 54-20-8, the best mark in club history…the Ducks finished with the top record in the Western Conference for the first time in franchise history and set sea...

Flyers turn worst start in team history into playoff berth as they chase 1st Cup since '75


Hertl Hoping to Make Impact Against Kings
SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl may be an NHL rookie from the Czech Republic, but no one has to tell him about the heated rivalry that exists between his team and the Los Angeles Kings. In a Dec. 19 game against the Kings at Sta...

Penguins' Sidney Crosby Wins 2nd NHL Scoring Title
Despite being rested in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby secured the Art Ross Trophy, given annually to the player who leads the National Hockey League in scoring, per NHL.com. Crosby's 104 points were 17 more than Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf's 87, making the Pens superstar ...

Book says Canada can support three more NHL teams
Canada could financially support three more teams in the NHL over the next 20 years, the Conference Board of Canada says.

Our fans deserve better: Leiweke
As Tim Leiweke watched the final two weeks of the NHL season, surely he must have fumed.

Flames boss Burke rips Canucks coach Tortorella
Flames boss Burke rips Canucks coach Tortorella

Limited tickets remain for the Lightning's first two home playoff games
Limited tickets remain for the Lightning's first two home games of its First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The games, which will be played at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 and Friday, April 18 at the...

The Beezer ain't buyin' what the Leafs are sellin'
The Beezer ain't buyin' what the Leafs are sellin'

Ottawa Senators expect changes next season after disappointing year


Robidas Finds Himself on the Other Side of Another Ducks-Stars Playoff Clash
By Adam Brady Stephane Robidas has seen his share of Ducks-Stars playoff battles, but until now, they’ve come from the other side. The 37-year-old defenseman was in Dallas for the previous two playoff series between the two combatants, and ...

Central Division proves tough but Winnipeg Jets still showed improvement


Heat assign Olivier Roy to Alaska Aces
ABBOTSFORD, BC -- The Abbotsford Heat announced today that they have assigned goaltender Olivier Roy to the Alaska Aces, the Heat’s developmental ECHL affiliate. Roy, a native of Amqui, Quebec appeared in 12 games with the Heat this season regi...

Flames' Brian Burke says Vancouver's Tortorella should "keep his mouth shut"


Canadiens look to Briere to step up in playoffs after low-key regular season


Trio of Flames expected at World Championship
CALGARY, AB -- Minsk could feel a lot like Calgary come May. Three members of the Calgary Flames will represent their respective countries at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus from May 9th to 25th. Among them include Sean ...

Calgary Flames intend to build on new base and return to NHL playoffs


Trotz out as Predators coach after 15 years
NASHVILLE -- In what can only be described as a heart-felt love letter to the Nashville Predators and the city he called home for 17 years, Barry Trotz said an emotional goodbye on Monday to the organization that he coached from its inception, a s...

Blues vs. Blackhawks: Preview and Prediction for NHL Playoffs 2014 Matchup
The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues would have been popular picks for second- or third-round combatants just a few short weeks ago, but they literally stumbled into a first-round matchup against each other. It's unfortunate that one of the Western Conference powerhouses will be eliminated so quickly, but both played their way out of a potential opening series against a wild-card team and into the division battle with a rocky finish. Still, there is a lot to like about ...

NHL 2013-14: 'A Season Like No Other'
NEW YORK (April 14, 2014) -- Following are some highlights of the 2013-14 National Hockey League regular season, which concluded yesterday: RECORD ATTENDANCE A total of 21,758,902 fans filled NHL venues to 96% of capacity in 2013-14. The to...

Todd McLellan not ready to name obvious starter Antti Niemi as starter vs. Kings
Alex Stalock has been pretty good for the San Jose Sharks this season, going 12-5-2 with a .932 save percentage and a 1.87 GAA in 24 appearances. He’s been really good in three of his last four starts, giving up only one goal in them. Of course the most important number for Stalock is “zero,” as in the number of Stanley Cup Playoff games he’s appeared in. So why is Todd McLellan playing coy with his starter against the Los Angeles Kings in Round 1?

Islanders finish strong, but fail to make 2nd straight trip to playoffs


Canadiens trending up heading into NHL playoffs
When the gleaming metallic doors beneath the red Montreal Canadiens logo slid silently open after a 5-0 loss to the Washington Capitals on Jan. 25, all 20 players were sitting in their stalls, ordered by management to face the inquisition after a lifeless loss that threatened to derail the Habs' season.

Burke gives Hartley vote of confidence
CALGARY, AB -- Bob Hartley didn’t feel the need to speculate about his future with the Calgary Flames. Brian Burke made sure his coach didn’t have to. Burke, president of hockey operations for the Flames, gave Hartley a vote of confidence headi...

Under pressure; Penguins putting triumphant regular season in rearview as playoffs begin


A new look, banged-up stars and renewed rivalries among 10 things to watch in the NHL playoffs


Anaheim Ducks have 3 goalies heading into playoffs, but Jonas Hiller appears to be last resort


Burke rips Tortorella, defends coach Hartley
Calgary Flames interim general manager Brian Burke defended his coach Bob Hartley on Monday and said Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella "oughta keep his mouth shut."

Ottawa Senators' Spezza 'not naive' to trade talk
Jason Spezza chose his words carefully as the Senators went their separate ways Monday.

As Predators coach, Trotz was Nashville institution
The Nashville Predators literally might not be the Nashville Predators without Barry Trotz. Trotz helped pick the team name. He also helped pick the carpeting in the team's office. He was hired on Aug. 6, 1997, exactly 14 months and four days ...

College kids heading back to campus after whirlwind month
CALGARY, AB -- Last week, Kenny Agostino, Bryce Van Brabant, Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold were throwing on NHL jerseys and lining up against the best players in the world. They were on chartered planes, training with world-class athletes, an...

Shanahan no stranger to being second-guessed
As Brendan Shanahan was being reminded that he has no experience in his new post, he reminded folks of the one he just left.

WATCH: FS West Playoff Roundtable


3 potential opening-round upsets in the NHL playoffs
Potential opening-round upsets in the NHL playoffs

Ten burning questions heading into NHL playoffs
Four times in 16 tries in the salary cap era, an eighth seed has taken down the top seed in a conference.

Monahan to play for Canada at World Championships
CALGARY, AB -- Sean Monahan's tremendous rookie season isn't over yet. With the Calgary Flames outside of the playoff picture, the youngster is eligible to compete in the 2014 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships in Belarus and he has accepted ...

X-Factor: Changes in Martinez's game pays dividends
A minor change in Alec Martinez's mindset coming out of the break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics led to a major breakthrough in his game, lifting the Los Angeles Kings defenseman into a more prominent role heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. "I...

Doughty's all-round game key to Kings' success
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter was talking to reporters after the morning skate March 29 when Drew Doughty walked past the scrum. Dressed in shorts, t-shirt and a cap turned backward, the smiling Doughty turned to Su...

Vlasic Finds Spotlight With His Effective Ways
SAN JOSE -- While playing hockey as a young boy in Montreal, San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was different from most of the other kids on the ice, who loved scoring goals and racking up points. Vlasic produced plenty of points, b...

Sharks, Kings are very familiar playoff foes
The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks met last season in the Western Conference Semifinals, with the Kings advancing. They meet again in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Last season, the teams played a classic seven-game...

2014 NHL Draft Lottery To Be Conducted Tuesday
NEW YORK – The 2014 NHL Draft Lottery, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 13 picks of the 2014 NHL Draft, will take place Tuesday, April 15, at 8 p.m., ET. The League, in cooperation with TSN, will announce the ...

SABRES PROSPECTS REPORT
Hudson Fasching scored a late goal Saturday but it wasn't enough as Minnesota was knocked off by Union 7-4 in the championship game of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Hockey Tournament. The powerful winger was at the doorstep at 16:20 of the th...

Analysis says Wings can cause problems
DETROIT – While most insiders are picking the top-ranked Boston Bruins in their first-round series against the Red Wings, there’s one hockey analysis who thinks the young, upstart Wings can cause a stir in the best-of-seven series. “If Mike Bab...

Jersey-Wearing Dog Loves Watching the Minnesota Wild Play Hockey
People in Minnesota love their hockey, but it turns out there are some four-legged fans as well.A golden retriever named Georges may be one of the Minnesota Wild's biggest fans. He has a Mikko Koivu jersey, and he also enjoys watching the ...

2014 NHL Draft Lottery to be conducted Tuesday
NEW YORK – The 2014 NHL Draft Lottery, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 13 picks of the 2014 NHL Draft, will take place Tuesday, April 15, at 8 p.m., ET. The League, in cooperation with TSN, will announce the ...

Why the Sharks Will Win the Stanley Cup
The San Jose Sharks rocketed out of the gate this season, but that's nothing new. It's carrying that strong play through 82 games as well as two months in the Stanley Cup Playoffs which has been the issue. But there's something different about...

Bernier To Have Sports Hernia Surgery
TORONTO _ Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia. He says he will have the operation Wednesday and be ready in time for training camp in September. Bernier missed five games in March ...

Breakup Day 2014
When you look back on this season, what stands out as what went wrong? Well I guess I like to look at the glass half full and dwell on things that were right, and then take a step back and see where things weren’t the way they should be or what...

GM: Islanders will bring back coach Capuano
New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano is set to return next season, despite the team's disappointing finish this season.

Philadelphia Flyers Want Their Fans to Unfriend Ranger Fans on Facebook
Knowing that unfriending someone on Facebook is kind of a big deal, the Philadelphia Flyers found a perfect way to troll New York Rangers fans. Philadelphia and New York are set to face off in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. The two clubs have a storied rivalry, and it's no secret that they don't like each other. The rivalry has gotten so heated that it has ...

2014 Stanley Cup playoffs: Experts' picks
A look at our experts' picks for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Top 10 most bizarre NHL playoff moments
DID HE SCORE?

Altitude Announces First Round Broadcast Schedule
Altitude will broadcast every Western Conference first-round game between the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild. Altitude will offer all games and will begin live coverage with a half hour Avalanche Face-Off pregame show and concluding coverag...

SABRES HAND OUT YEAR-END AWARDS
NOTEBOOK: SABRES HAND OUT END OF SEASON AWARDS On Sunday, the Buffalo Sabres distributed team awards to three players prior to their season finale against the New York Islanders. Goaltender Jhonas Enroth was named Unsung Hero, center Zemgus Gir...

Buffalo Sabres hope they've bottomed out after hitting new lows following last-place finish


Why the Kings will win the Stanley Cup
The Los Angeles Kings were overwhelmed by the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final last season. They couldn't compete with Chicago's skill and didn't have enough firepower to match the Blackhawks, especially with Mike Richards missin...

Leafs know changes are coming following disappointing end to season


Promising start ends with a thud for Coyotes in first season with new owners


Ovechkin: Caps are in 'middle of nowhere'
Explaining early playoff exits became an annual, awkward task for Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. This season, for the first time since 2007, they didn't even make the postseason, so now there's something new: real uncertainty.

After ending season with NHL's best record, Bruins prepare for first round against Red Wings


Off-season begins
If the final media appearance of the season for Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Kevin Bieksa and Ryan Kesler can be summed up in a word, it’s self-loathing. The four veterans were the first to speak during Monday’s locker clean out day for the Vancouv...

FOX Sports Ohio to televise Jackets' first round Stanley Cup playoff series
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets are set to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs and FOX Sports Ohio will provide live coverage of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series, the...

Kings Announce Local TV Playoff Schedule For Games 1 and 2
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings’ First Round NHL Stanley Cup Playoff series versus the San Jose Sharks will be broadcast on FOX Sports West, as announced today by the Kings, and the regional sports network. Games 1 and 2 will both air live on...

New Jersey's Jagr Passes Gordie Howe on NHL's All-Time Assist List
With a pair of helpers in Sunday's season finale, Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils passed hockey legend Gordie Howe to move into eighth place on the NHL's all-time leader list for assists, per NHL.com....

Toews, Kane say they're set for Game 1
They were only three words, but seemed to hold more importance when spoken Monday by Jonathan Toews, the captain of the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. How does he feel, physically, after sitting out the final six games of th...

When Penguins meet Blue Jackets in 1st round, it's stars and Cups against tough young team


'Middle of nowhere': Ovechkin's Capitals do not make any moves 1st day after missing playoffs


Brian Burke thinks John Tortorella should shut his mouth
John Tortorella dislikes Bob Hartley. Maybe “dislikes” doesn’t properly convey the emotion between the Vancouver Canucks coach and his Calgary Flames counterpart, who antagonizes Tortorella on a Avery-vs.-Brodeur level. They have history with each other dating back to the 1990s, and that anger boiled over this seas...

Ten burning questions heading into NHL playoffs
Four times in 16 tries in the salary cap era, an eighth seed has taken down the top seed in a conference.

Blackhawks ready for title defence with Toews, Kane back from injuries


Animosity level should be high when Kings, Sharks meet for 3rd time in last 4 postseasons


NHL Playoff Odds 2014: Handicapping Every Team's Championship Hopes
The Sweet 16 is set. Spring means playoff hockey, and this year's battle for the Stanley Cup is going to be grueling, especially in the Western Conference, where six teams finished with more than 100 points. Making this year special is that it's the first in the new format that pits divisional rivals against each other at every opportunity and sets up some great first-round rivalries, new and old. Some teams have spectacular offenses with weaknesses in goal or on defen...

Conditions for three more NHL teams in Canada? Eventually, says Conference Board


Devils head home after missing playoffs third straight year, 3rd in fourth


Setting the mood
BROSSARD – With 82 games in the books in 2013-14, the Canadiens are ready to kick off the real season on Wednesday. Despite cracking the 100-point plateau for just the second time since winning the Stanley Cup in 1993, the Habs will be forced to start the first round of the playoffs on the road in Tampa thanks to the NHL’s new playoff format. With five of the last six Stanley Cups having been clinched by the visiting team, the comforts of home aren’t always all they’re cracked up to...

This scene at Ducks game brought tears to Bruce Boudreau
This scene at Ducks game brought tears to Bruce Boudreau

Comets Rewind - Apr. 14, 2014
Must win territory. It has been an exciting turnaround for the Utica Comets (33-31-5-4) the last half of the season, but after a loss on Sunday they will need to win all three of their remaining games, and get help, to make it to the post-seas...

Coach Tortorella says Canucks are getting old and need young, skilled players


Sharks Recall Matt Tennyson from Worcester
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has recalled defenseman Matt Tennyson (@Tenner_7) from the Worcester Sharks (AHL). Tennyson, 23, has recorded 21 points (7-14=21) and 33 penal...

Leafs introduce Shanahan; Capuano, DeBoer to return; draft lottery odds (Puck Headlines)
Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

Lightning Announce Beard-A-Thon for 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning are offering its fans the opportunity to join in one of hockey's traditions of growing playoff beards with the players to help raise money for charity during the Lightning's playoff run. The Lightning's Beard...

Babcock, Wings overcome season of injuries
Just because Red Wings players don't really talk about the franchise's streak of 22 straight playoff appearances doesn't mean they don't know all about it. "Everybody in the league knows about it," defenseman Brendan Smith said. "You don't want...

GARTH'S CORNER: Sabres Are 25%ers
Get your microwave popcorn and craft brew ready, folks. The 2014 NHL Draft Lottery program will go down at 8pm EDT on Tuesday night. It's a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 13 picks of the 2014 NHL Draft. To the victors go the spoils. The Buffalo Sabres are on the top of the food chain heading into the NHL Draft Lottery as they have a 25% chance of earni...

Puck Daddy chats with Nick Bonino about college hockey, Boudreau effect, and playoffs
The San Jose Sharks did something that is downright deplorable (by Sharks fans standards), they made a trade-deadline deal in 2009 that would make their nemesis, the Anaheim Ducks, a significantly better team … in a couple years. In March of 2009, the Ducks sent Travis Moen and Kent Hu...

Toews OK with Orpik hit, focused on playoffs
Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said Monday he did not have a problem with the hit the Pittsburgh Penguins' Brooks Orpik delivered on him on March 30, nor the way his teammates handled the situation.

Hertl's Return Adds Explosiveness to Sharks
The San Jose Sharks obviously were hoping they'd found a gem in Czech forward Tomas Hertl when he was selected at No. 17 in the 2012 NHL Draft. And they weren't disappointed when he made the opening-night roster this season at age 19. He score...

Fan Guide: Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets 4/16/14
Game Date Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Opponent Columbus Blue Jackets Game Time 7:30 PM Doors Open 6:00 PM Promotional Item Gold “Buckle Up Baby” T-Shirts presented by Trib Total Media, AAA Auto Insurance and UPMC Gold Penguins Playoff Rall...

Number cruncher: Secret weapons
MONTREAL – With a first-round playoff date against the Lightning right around the corner, we look into the contributions of three forwards who could come up huge in the clutch. There will be no shortage of high-profile matchups in the 2013-14 first round playoff series between the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning. With both teams’ top two lines fairly even in terms of talent and production, the seven-game series will most likely hinge on the contributions of their oft-under...

SABRES LOOK AHEAD TO OFFSEASON AS PLAYERS CLEAN OUT LOCKERS
The season has come to an end and the Buffalo Sabres spent Monday morning cleaning out their lockers at First Niagara Center. The Sabres finished the 2013-14 campaign in 30th place with a record of 21-51-10. It was a pretty tumultuous season ...

Panthers GM Dale Tallon wants to build around young nucleus, add 5 veterans to roster


Islanders Clean-Out Day
The 2013-14 New York Islanders gathered for one final time this season, as the team held their annual locker clean out and exit interviews. The players held individual meetings with Head Coach Jack Capuano, General Manager Garth Snow and Director ...

What Went Wrong for the 2013-14 Toronto Maple Leafs?
There stood David Clarkson in the visiting locker room at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, a $37 million mistake answering questions after the Toronto Maple Leafs were eliminated from postseason contention by the Lightning. How did it happen? How did a team that took fou...

Detroit Red Wings' 5 Biggest Questions in Playoff Series vs. Boston Bruins
The Detroit Red Wings are set to take on the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference's first round, but a number of questions remain leading up to Game 1 on Friday night. The Red Wings finished the season on a 6-2-1 hot streak, but still looked fragile from time to time, as they struggled to put some games away. The Bruins, meanwhile, used a 12-game winning streak i...

2014 NHL Free Agents: Projecting Landing Spots for Hockey's Biggest Stars
The culmination of the 2013-14 NHL regular season has many fans ready for the playoffs, but there are many other franchises and fanbases without a horse in the race that have already turned their focus to free agency. With top stars in the leagu...

Lightning backup goalie Anders Lindback named NHL's first star of the week


Sharks, Kings Are Very Familiar Playoff Foes
The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks met last season in the Western Conference Semifinals, with the Kings advancing. They meet again in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Last season, the teams played a classic seven-game...

Fox Sports Florida, Sun Sports announce playoff broadcast schedule
TAMPA, Fla. (April 14, 2014) – FOX Sports Florida and Sun Sports announced the networks will air all of the first round playoff games between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens, beginning with Game 1 on Wednesday, April 16, live on...

The key matchups to watch in first round of 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs


Brawl in Vancouver helped Flames steady ship
They started the season well and finished even better.

Carol Schram: Vancouver Canucks Game Review: Daniel Scores 2, Stretchered off but is OK
Sunday April 13: Vancouver Canucks 5 - Calgary Flames 1 On Sunday night, I learned that the Vancouver Canucks toot their goal horn once for each goal that is scored. It speaks to how rarely the Canucks have tooted the horn with any frequency that I'm just noticing this now. Will hopefully have more of a chance to notice next season! After all the drama at Sunday's game, reality is just start...

Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Bernie Federko on Blues; Trotz is fired
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Tale of the Tape: breaking down the Lightning vs. Canadiens matchup
The Tampa Bay Lightning will open the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Wednesday, April 16 against the Montreal Canadiens Take a special look at the statistical comparison of the Lightning and Montreal Can...

Josh Rimer: Changes in Washington?
I'm hearing in Washington that Capitals General Manager George McPhee has met with Dick Patrick & Ownership and will do so again as early as later this afternoon. Both McPhee, Oates and Ownership will not meet with the press. The Capitals Players will also have No Player exit interviews with Coaches or any team meetings. From what I'm hearing Mcphee and Adam Oates will not be back next year....

Maple Leafs introduce Brendan Shanahan as team president and alternate governor


The Los Angeles Kings Beard-A-Thon® Is Back
LOS ANGELES – The NHL playoffs are unlike anything else. The passion, the excitement, and yes, the playoff beards. In keeping with a great hockey tradition and supporting local charities, the Los Angeles Kings again invite their fans to grow one f...

Paul McCann: Trotz Out in Nashville - Updated 10:38 am CT
UPDATE - Predators make it official... from Pred PR Nashville Predators Announce Plans to Seek New Head Coach Barry Trotz offered position within organization Monday, 04.14.2014 / 11:35 AM / News By Press Release - Nashville Predators Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager announced today that Barry Trotz’s coaching contract will not...

Paul McCann: Trotz Out in Nashville
The Tennessean is reporting that the only coach in Predators franchise history will not return. More to come.

Paul McCann: Trotz Out in Nashville
The Tennessean is reporting that the only coach in Predators franchise history will not return. More to come.

Has Alex Ovechkin Worn out His Welcome with Floundering Washington Capitals?
When my editor and I were bandying about ideas for season-ending and playoff stories a couple weeks ago, he tossed out the idea of writing something about Alex Ovechkin's season and what winning a Stanley Cup would mean for his reputation. "Yeah, but the Capitals might not even make the playoffs," I noted. "That's true," he said. "But he's probably worth writing about one way or the other." It was a ...

Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild
Hands up those of you who figured the Colorado Avalanche, under rookie head coach Patrick Roy, would roll to a division title and finish within shouting distance of the top seed in the conference? OK, Joe Sakic, you can put your hand down. In spite of the absence of top center Matt Duchene, who was injured in late March and won't be back until late in the first round (if initial reports on the timetable for his recovery are accurate), the Avs took advantage of stumbles by both the Chicag...

Blues Round 1 TV Schedule Announced
ST. LOUIS - FOX Sports Midwest, the TV home of St. Louis Blues hockey, is scheduled to televise Games 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7 of the Blues first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against Chicago. Games 2 and 6 are scheduled for NBC. The series starts ...

Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars
What do the Anaheim Ducks get for establishing franchise records in points and winning percentage while taking the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference for the first time in team history? They get a team that beat them two out of three games this season, including the last two meetings. Still, don't think that many people are going to pick the Dallas Stars (who earned their first playoff berth in half a decade) to upset the Ducks in the opening round, but the wild-card team did give the top s...

NHL Playoffs 2014: Schedule, Predictions, Odds, TV Info for Entire First Round
After a wild end to the regular season, the 2014 NHL playoffs schedule begins on Wednesday, April 16, as 16 of the best teams in the league go to war for the right to hoist the Stanley Cup trophy. With the Eastern Conference stacked with viable championship contenders and the Western Conference boasting some of the most talented offensive and defensive players in the spo...

Eklund: Monday Poll> Which Wildcard Has the Best Shot at An Upset?
Every Year it Happens. So why wouldn't it happen this year?? History tells us that one of the top 2 seeds, or more, will get knocked out of the playoffs. It is just science. So who will it be this year? What wildcard could play cinderella? Well, to answer the second question first I honestly don't think there are cinderellas in hockey. The 16 teams who find their way to the post s...

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: Regular Season Finale, Pre-Playoff Thoughts
FLYERS PULL OFF ONE FINAL REGULAR SEASON COMEBACK Yesterday's regular season finale at the Wells Fargo Center had no bearing on the standings or playoff matchups, but that did not stop the Philadelphia Flyers from battling back from deficits of 4-1 and 5-4 to capture a point against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes won via shootout. A pair of goals by Wayne Simmonds, including the game-ty...

Torts calls Flames' Hartley 'embarrassing' after Sedin hit
The Vancouver Canucks won what might have been John Tortorella's last game as their coach Sunday night - but he was in no mood to celebrate.

Previous Game: Ducks Honor Teemu Selanne, Then Win it in OT
ANAHEIM – What started out mostly as a tribute to Teemu Selanne turned out to be a pretty good hockey game. In the final regular season game of the Ducks legend’s decorated NHL career, Nick Bonino scored 1:33 in overtime to pull off a 3-2 comeb...

Erik Marsh: BRING ON THE BRUINS
BRING ON THE BRUINS The playoffs are upon us and for the first time in over five decades the Wings will face the Bruins in the playoffs. Both teams have a few extra days to rest up, Game One goes Friday in Boston. The season series leans in the Wings’ favor but only so much merit can be placed on past wins as (insert your ‘playoffs are a new season’ cliche here). If you can take one t...

Predators' Barry Trotz out after 15 seasons, he was the NHL's longest tenured coach


Travis Yost: Spezza Trade; Hemsky Future; MacLean?
It's going to be a wild, wild summer in Ottawa. You got the sense it would only go down this way after the team missed the post-season in a year where they were expected to do serious damage in the Eastern Conference. They finished the year with 88-points -- not a horrible campaign, but well below expectations. And the sense you get from the team is that changes in some capacity are coming....

Nashville Predators Announce Plans to Seek New Head Coach
Nashville, Tenn. (April 14, 2014) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager announced today that Barry Trotz’s coaching contract will not be extended and that the organization will immediately begin a search to identify ...

Wings' Alfredsson brings new playoff turn
DETROIT -- Daniel Alfredsson left behind 17 seasons of memories with the Ottawa Senators, including the last 14 as captain, to chase an elusive Stanley Cup championship with the Red Wings. It was a decision which uprooted one of hockey's most ...

Penguins recall Vokoun from AHL assignment
Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun was recalled from his conditioning assignment with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL on Monday.

Barry Trotz done with Predators after 15 seasons
Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber demanded changes late in their non-playoff campaign, and the most anticipated one has arrived: Barry Trotz, the only coach the franchise has known, will not be back next season, sources tell the Tennessean.

Why Wings will win the Stanley Cup
These aren't your typical Red Wings of yesteryear preparing to represent Hockeytown in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. Still, every current player, no matter how young or old, maintains the championship state of mind on which this franchise has ...

X-Factor: Nyquist needs to extend heroics
All season, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has begged his young players to grab hold of something in order to make a statement at a time when the team was ravaged by injuries. Swedish sensation Gustav Nyquist took that message to heart. Nyquis...

CHL and Dodge Announce Family All-Star Finalists
The CHL and Dodge have announced the names of the three finalists in the Dodge Family All-Stars Contest each winning a trip for two to the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

Peter Tessier: Trotz Done in Nashville- Winnipeg Bound?
Let the speculation begin but with Barry Trotz being on the market many realities in the coaching market this NHL off-season will probably change. Frankly how often does a coach who can get water from a rock land on the market? Barry Trotz is from Dauphin Manitoba and is the only coach the Nashville Predators have ever known, the very team that Jets owner Mark Chipman said he wants to model th...

What Went Wrong for the 2013-14 Toronto Maple Leafs?
There stood David Clarkson in the visiting locker room at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, a $37 million mistake answering questions after the Toronto Maple Leafs were eliminated from postseason contention by the Lightning. How did it happen? How did a team that took fou...

Colin Dambrauskas: Flames Close Season On Poor Note? Thanks for the 13-14 Season HB!
Follow Colin on Twitter!: @ColinDJD If there wasn’t enough rivalry between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks toward the end of the 2013-14 NHL season, their very last game against each surely extended any animosity moving forward. With a hit from behind by Flames’ Paul Byron on Canucks’ Daniel Sedin, the veteran forward went down instantly and stayed down for what would seem li...

Paul McCann: Barry Trotz - An Appreciation of the Man
Barry Trotz is no longer the head coach of the Nashville Predators. That’s just weird. It’s going to take me awhile to get my head around that one. Discussing the why’s and wherefore’s are useless now, the die is cast, the decision made. For strictly selfish reasons, I hope Barry Trotz stays with the Predators organization… but more, I want Coach Trotz to go do what he wants. I will...

2014 NHL Free Agents: Projecting Landing Spots for Hockey's Biggest Stars
The culmination of the 2013-14 NHL regular season has many fans ready for the playoffs, but there are many other franchises and fanbases without a horse in the race that have already turned their focus to free agency. With top stars in the leagu...

Flyers forward Hartnell fined $5,000 for spearing
NEW YORK – Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell has been fined $5,000 for spearing Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore in NHL Game No. 1222 in Philadelphia on Sunday, April 13, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Saf...

Maple Leafs introduce new team president Brendan Shanahan
The Toronto Maple Leafs are about to introduce Brendan Shanahan, the team's new president.

Ryan Wilson: Sidney Crosby Wins the Art Ross Trophy
Follow me on twitter Follow @GunnerStaal !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Congratulations to Sidney Crosby on officially winning the Art Ross Trophy....

Flames assign Chad Billins, Chris Breen, Mark Cundari to the AHL
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have assigned Chad Billins and Chris Breen to the Abbotsford Heat while Mark Cundari has been assigned to the Chicago Wolves. Billins appeared in eight games for the Flames during this...

Canadiens sign forward Jacob de la Rose to a three-year contract
MONTREAL (April 14, 2014) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, announced today the signing of forward Jacob de la Rose to a three-year, entry level contract (2014-15 à 2016-17). In 49 games with the Leksand Idrottsförening in the Swedish Elitserien this season, de la Rose recorded 7 goals and 6 helpers for a total of 13 points. He was also assessed 18 penalty minutes and had a +5 plus/minus differential. The 6’3’’ and 187 lbs forward was also a member of the Sw...

NHL Names Gibson #2 Star of the Week
Ducks goaltender John Gibson was named the NHL's #2 Star of the Week for the week ending April 13. SECOND STAR – JOHN GIBSON, G, ANAHEIM DUCKS Gibson went 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average, .954 save percentage and one shutout to help th...

Anders Lindback named NHL's first star of the week
NEW YORK – Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback, Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson and Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen have been named the NHL's “Three Stars” for the week ending April 13. FIRST STAR – ANDERS LINDBACK, G...

Ryan Johansen named NHL's 3rd Star of the Week of Apr. 7-13
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen has been named the National Hockey League’s Third Star of the Week for the period ending April 13, the League and club announced today. Tampa Bay goaltender Anders Lindback was named Fir...

Preds Decline To Renew Trotz's Contract
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Predators coach Trotz out after 15 seasons
Barry Trotz, the NHL's longest-tenured head coach with one team, will not be back for a 16th season with the Nashville Predators.

Leafs introduce Shanahan as team president
Brendan Shanahan is officially on the job in the Toronto Maple Leafs' front office.

Barry Trotz out as Nashville Predators coach
The Nashville Predators announced Monday that they will not extend the expired contract of longtime coach Barry Trotz.

Leafs G Bernier to have sports hernia surgery
Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia.

Bruins' Seidenberg expected out for playoffs
The Boston Bruins will likely be without defenseman Dennis Seidenberg for the rest of the season, general manager Peter Chiarelli said during his pre-playoff news conference Monday.

Alex Ovechkin doesn’t want a trade or blame for Capitals’ failure
WASHINGTON, DC – Alex Ovechkin hasn’t missed the postseason since 2007. That hurts his pride. He was also a minus-35 this season despite scoring 51 goals, which might damage his pride if he wasn’t seemingly convinced that being a defensively responsible player wasn’t in his job description. “If you remember when [Coach Dale] Hunter was here, I didn’t score goals, and you guys said, ‘Why didn’t you score goals?’ And I said my job is to block shots. The whole ...

Cooper, Lightning thrive to make playoffs despite season of adversity


Penguins Recall Goaltender Tomas Vokoun from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Tomas Vokoun from his conditioning assignment with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League (AHL), it was announced by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero. Vokoun ap...

James Tanner: Season Ends With Meaningless Win Vs Stars
Last night, with all the excitement of a pre-season game, in the let down of the year, the Coyotes played the Stars and won 2-1. It was a moral victory of sorts, I guess, but the Stars probably were more concerned with not getting injured than they were with winning. Oh, what could have been. All the Coyotes needed was three extra points at any time throughout the season and last night...

Adam French: Why the Chicago Blackhawks Won’t Win the Cup
The defending champs are a very hard team to bet against right now even with two major questions looming above their heads, those surround the health of their two young super stars. On paper this team is still the near unstoppable behemoth that won the Cup last season and enjoyed some record setting success. In the midst of all this; Duncan Keith is all but assured to win the Norris Trophy t...

John Jaeckel: 5 Key Hawks In The Playoffs
Follow JJ on Twitter @jaeckel! Dustin Byfuglien in 2010. Bryan Bickell in 2013. With each of the Hawks' last two Cup runs have come unlikely heroes. I'm not sure any surprise dark horse will emerge, much less that the Hawks will make the finals or win the Cup itself. But the following are 5 guys who I think could be key to the Hawks' hopes: 1) Marian Hossa, RW People keep writing...

Mike Augello: Shanahan Press Conference At 11AM; Bernier Set For Surgery
The Toronto Maple Leafs will introduce Brendan Shanahan as their new team president at a press conference at the Air Canada Center Monday morning. You can view the press conference via the Maple Leafs website : http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/v2/ext/live/ or online at Sportsnet.ca or TSN.ca. Will update ******* Locker cleanouts and exit interviews are scheduled for Leafs players on Monday, w...

Ranking Stanley Cup Playoffs 2014: Which first-round series is must-see?
The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs are set, the schedule is done and now comes the hard part: Rearranging your life around the opening round series. Fret not, puckheads: There is a way to figure out which battles are worthy of your time and which ones are merely appetizers to a better main course in Round 2. Your friends at ...

Todd Cordell: Eastern Conference Playoff Predictions: Round 1
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell With the NHL playoffs set to begin in just a couple of days, it's time for my playoff predictions. Picking winning teams isn't a perfect science, but I enjoy doing posting my picks, and it's always fun to see the results at the end. I will be keeping track of my record throughout the entire playoffs. Round 1 picks: Detroit Red Wings (WC2) at Boston Bru...

Eric Engels: Habs Season in the Books, Playoffs Start Wednesday in Tampa Bay
1) I can't speak to how it felt for all of you, but this synopsis by Carey Price sums it up pretty well for me: "Those first 20 games go by fast. Those last 20 games go by fast. That middle 42--that's a grind." Price and Gorges each took a couple of moments to reflect on the fact that another 82 games were under their belts, brimming with the satisfaction of having pushed through training camp,...

Penguins bring up goalie Vokoun from AHL
The Pittsburgh Penguins recalled goalie Tomas Vokoun from the AHL on Monday, the team announced, adding to their depth in net for the playoffs.

Foam party forces AHL to postpone game, citing poor ice conditions
The "World's Largest Foam Party" sounds like a great time. But hosting it inside a hockey arena the night before a game? Probably not the best idea. On Friday night, the Webster Bank Arena, home of the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers, hosted Foam N' Glow, a rave/foam party. You could only protect the ice so much from the soap, glow sticks, b...

Paul McCann: The End of an Era???
Today is a day that no hockey fans looks forward to. The day where the next hockey game is months away, the day when you can no longer see your hockey family that surround you in your seats. That day is today. The Nashville Predators season is finished and for the second straight year it ended without a playoff appearance. It is a sign of the growth of this franchise that expectations are height...

Isles' Justin Johnson drops John Scott during first period fight (Video)
Justin Johnson of the New York Islanders is 32-years old and had himself a pretty good week. First, he was called up from the AHL to make his debut against the New Jersey Devils on Friday. Then on Sunday he participated in his first NHL fight and made a big impression, cutting down big, bad John Scott of the Buffalo Sabres: That's a good way to get yourself noticed by the Islanders' c...

Game One ‘Gold-Out,’ Big Screen Highlight Penguins’ Playoff Initiatives
The Penguins are calling for a “Gold-Out,” for Game One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at CONSOL Energy Center. All fans attending Wednesday’s 7:30 p.m. playoff opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets will receive gold t-shirts and gold towels as...

Hockey fans litter the ice with underwear after goal (Video)
We’ve seen hats, teddy bears and sea creatures fly from the stands onto the ice after a goal. Yes, we’ve seen underwear before, too: Remember when Taylor Hall scored his “bra trick”? But Bakersfield Condors fans weren’t content to throw a single undergarment. Watch as they litter the ice at Sunday’s ECHL game against the...

What Does Brendan Shanahan Bring to the Toronto Maple Leafs?
Much of what Brendan Shanahan was as a player is precisely what the Toronto Maple Leafs need on the ice right now. The Hall of Famer was smart, fearless, tough, defensively responsible and a scorer.  The native of Mimico, Ontario retired in 2009, and at 45 years of age his playing days are behind him. Instead, Shanahan will be

 
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