NHL playoff predictions 2022: Second-round winners, Stanley Cup champion, MVP and more

NHL playoff predictions 2022: Second-round winners, Stanley Cup champion, MVP and more

The second round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs is here, with the Tampa Bay Lightning–Florida Panthers and St. Louis Blues–Colorado Avalanche series opening Tuesday, and the New York Rangers–Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers–Calgary Flames series opening Wednesday. What do we expect to happen when the games begin? What have we learned so far? Who … Read more

New York Islanders name Lane Lambert head coach, replacing Barry Trotz

New York Islanders name Lane Lambert head coach, replacing Barry Trotz

When the New York Islanders fired coach Barry Trotz, general manager Lou Lamoriello believed the team needed a new voice. That new voice is coming from inside the same coaches’ room. The Islanders on Monday named Lane Lambert as Trotz’s replacement, giving his longtime assistant his first head coaching job in the NHL. It took … Read more

Vegas Golden Knights fire coach Peter DeBoer after missing playoffs for first time

Vegas Golden Knights fire coach Peter DeBoer after missing playoffs for first time

The Vegas Golden Knights have fired coach Peter DeBoer after failing to make the playoffs for the first time in their short history. “We would like to thank Pete DeBoer for his commitment to the Vegas Golden Knights over the past three seasons,” Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon said in a statement. “Since joining … Read more

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers cap Round 1 comeback, eliminate Los Angeles Kings in Game 7

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers cap Round 1 comeback, eliminate Los Angeles Kings in Game 7

The Edmonton Oilers eliminated the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 at home on Saturday 2-0 as star Connor McDavid scored a goal and assisted on the game winner. McDavid had the primary assist on defenseman Cody Ceci’s second-period goal and tallied his own insurance goal late in the third period as this first-round series … Read more

Carter Verhaeghe scores in overtime as Florida Panthers eliminate Washington Capitals in Stanley Cup playoffs

Carter Verhaeghe scores in overtime as Florida Panthers eliminate Washington Capitals in Stanley Cup playoffs

One NHL playoff streak ended while another one just kept right on going. Florida snapped its 26-year playoff series drought with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 6 Friday night. The Panthers hadn’t won a playoff series since 1996, when they appeared in a Stanley Cup Final. “[That series win] was … Read more

2022 Stanley Cup playoffs – X factors, predictions for Bruins-Hurricanes, Lightning-Maple Leafs, Kings-Oilers

2022 Stanley Cup playoffs - X factors, predictions for Bruins-Hurricanes, Lightning-Maple Leafs, Kings-Oilers

While the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs has included a few too many blowouts for our liking, it has also provided at least three Game 7s, the ultimate “tension convention.” According to ESPN Stats & Information, Saturday will be the first time since Apr. 30, 2014, that there will be three Game … Read more

3 Keys: Penguins at Rangers, Game 5 of Eastern First Round

3 Keys: Penguins at Rangers, Game 5 of Eastern First Round

(3M) Penguins at (2M) Rangers 7 p.m. ET; ESPN, CBC, SN, TVAS, MSG, ATTSN-PT Pittsburgh leads best-of-7 series 3-1 The New York Rangers return home after two road losses facing elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in a must-win Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden. … Read more

Will Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas finally break through after four years of heartbreak?

Will Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas finally break through after four years of heartbreak?

I checked in on the “Trending” channel on social media after the first period of Game 5. The Maple Leafs were in the midst of what looked like another inglorious meltdown, getting stomped by the Tampa Bay Lightning and fortunately escaping the first 20 minutes down only 2-0 despite being outshot 14-4. The mood in … Read more