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Ducks-Sharks preview, pick: Predicting a close San Jose win
April 10, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Anaheim and San Jose went to the shootout in three of their four games this season, and at least on paper, this is one of the closest first-round series. Here's how we see the teams matching up in seven categories, along with our pick on the outcome. More...
Jets-Wild preview, pick: Laine Show will tame the Wild
April 10, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
The Jets look like one of the more complete teams heading into the postseason, though they are a bit light on playoff experience. Meanwhile, the Wild have been stung by the injury bug. We break down the matchup in seven key categories. More...
Predators-Avalanche preview, pick: MacKinnon's magic won't be enough
April 10, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
By just about any measure, the Predators look like a stronger team than the Avalanche. But the Avalanche have been willed this far by dynamic Hart Trophy candidate Nathan MacKinnon. Will they keep rolling, or will P.K. Subban & Co. prevail? More...
Golden Knights-Kings preview, pick: Why Vegas will keep rolling
April 10, 2018 (15:00) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Although Los Angeles and Vegas split the regular-season series, one team appears to have the upper hand when analyzing the matchup in seven different categories. Here are the keys to victory, along with a series pick. More...
Bruins-Maple Leafs preview, pick: Toronto's depth will be the difference
April 10, 2018 (14:45) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Will the Bruins regret losing their final regular-season game, drawing the Leafs instead of the Devils? Here's how we see the series playing out, based on seven different categories, plus a pick on the series result. More...
Lightning-Devils preview, pick: Stamkos & Co. should win a close one
April 10, 2018 (14:45) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
It isn't every year that a No. 8 seed heads into the playoffs having gone unbeaten against the No. 1 seed, but here we are. We break down the matchup in seven different categories, and make a prediction on who will win. More...
Penguins-Flyers preview, pick: Philly's latest underdog will fall short
April 10, 2018 (14:45) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
The Penguins and Flyers haven't squared off in the playoffs in six years, but many of the key players on both teams remain. Will we see a return to the nastiness of years past? Or will skill win the day? Get set for the state championship here. More...
Capitals-Blue Jackets preview, pick: Ovi too much for Columbus
April 10, 2018 (14:45) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Another spring, another chance for Washington and Alex Ovechkin to leverage a strong regular season into a Cup run. First, the Caps must face Columbus' electrifying Artemi Panarin. Here's how the teams compare in seven categories -- and who will win. More...
No playoffs but Wings bringing back Blashill
April 10, 2018 (13:00) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
The Detroit Red Wings are bringing coach Jeff Blashill for a fourth season despite the team not making the playoffs. More...
Blues' Tarasenko to have shoulder surgery
April 10, 2018 (12:00) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko will have surgery Wednesday for a separated shoulder that he suffered in St. Louis' last game. More...
Early fantasy hockey rankings for 2018-19
April 10, 2018 (11:45) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Already missing fantasy hockey? Sean Allen provides a peek to next season, dropping his early 2018-19 top 250 rankings and noting some surprising grades for various players. More...
Grubauer to start in goal for Caps in Game 1
April 10, 2018 (11:30) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Philipp Grubauer will start Game 1 of the playoffs for the Washington Capitals over Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Braden Holtby. More...
Predators top ranking of all 16 NHL defense groups
April 10, 2018 (10:45) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
It was pretty easy to identify the team with the strongest set of blueliners heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But where do all the other teams slot in? Here's our ranking from 1 to 16. More...
Best Stanley Cup playoff value bets
April 10, 2018 (10:30) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
With the NHL playoffs starting, Ben Arledge provides a look at some of the best value bets to win the Stanley Cup, along with a handful of attractive prices on series in the opening round. More...
Stanley Cup Playoff Hype Rankings: Which series are must-see?
April 10, 2018 (06:00) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
The first-round playoff matchups are set. Which ones must you watch live, which are DVR-worthy and which can you just read about in the morning? Here's the definitive ranking of all eight series in terms of watchability. More...
NHL moves up '19 All-Star game by one day
April 09, 2018 (16:45) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
The NHL is moving up its All-Star skills competition and game next season. The skills competition will take place on Friday, Jan. 25 and the game on Saturday, Jan. 26 at SAP Center in San Jose. More...
How to approach NHL playoff fantasy pools
April 09, 2018 (16:30) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Traditional fantasy hockey leagues are all finished up for the season, but fantasy pools for the NHL playoffs are just kicking into action. Our experts suggest the best strategy to follow and who to take a look at from every playoff-bound team. More...
Sharks' Kane eyes 1st playoffs in 9th season
April 09, 2018 (16:15) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Evander Kane followed a similar timeline after each of his first eight NHL regular seasons. More...
Experts' predictions: First-round playoff picks, Cup winner
April 09, 2018 (15:30) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Our NHL experts -- including John Buccigross, Emily Kaplan, Steve Levy, Barry Melrose and Greg Wyshynski -- forecast the first-round Stanley Cup playoff series, and give us their pick to win the Cup. (Hint: Someone new will lift Lord Stanley this spring.) More...
Vegas winning Cup would hurt sportsbooks
April 09, 2018 (14:30) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
The Predators are favorites to win the Stanley Cup, but sportsbooks are worried about the Golden Knights. More...
O'Reilly: Last-place Sabres 'OK with losing'
April 09, 2018 (14:30) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Ryan O'Reilly was unable to hide his dejection as he acknowledged that the Sabres' latest last-place finish led him to question his love for hockey. More...
SJHL yet to decide if it will finish out its season
April 09, 2018 (14:00) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League president Bill Chow says the league has yet to decide it it will finish the season in the wake of Friday's fatal bus crash. More...
Blashill returning as U.S. coach for worlds
April 09, 2018 (14:00) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Jeff Blashill will return as United States coach for the upcoming IIHF World Hockey Championship in Denmark. More...
Tee-time bookers: Why your favorite team won't win the Stanley Cup
April 09, 2018 (11:45) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
All 16 teams could be in contention for the Stanley Cup come June, but only one team will win it all. So, what will send the other 15 home without the sport's ultimate prize? We look at a numbers-based shortcoming of all 16 teams. More...
Blackhawks' Sharp retires with three Cups
April 09, 2018 (10:45) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Patrick Sharp is retiring after winning three Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks. More...
Ranking all 16 NHL playoff teams by their forwards
April 09, 2018 (10:45) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Scoring lots of goals doesn't always lead to success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs -- but being able to roll out multiple lines of elite scorers certainly doesn't hurt a team's chances. We go from No. 1 (the Lightning) all the way to 16. More...
Humboldt tragedy hits home for sister team in Saskatchewan
April 09, 2018 (09:45) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
The Delisle Chiefs were about to take the ice for a playoff game when they learned their friends had been in a horrific crash. Like players across Canada's prairie provinces, where long bus rides are common, the Chiefs are grappling with how to move on. More...
Coroner misidentified victim in Humboldt crash
April 09, 2018 (09:00) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice announced that the province's coroner's office misidentified one of the 15 people killed last week in the highway accident involving a junior hockey team bus. More...
Roundtable: Which goalies do you trust most -- and least -- in the postseason?
April 09, 2018 (07:15) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
The Stanley Cup playoffs begin Wednesday, and netminders such as Nashville's Pekka Rinne will no doubt play a big role in whether their teams advance. Which goalies give teams the biggest net advantage, and who could be cause for concern in the crease? More...
2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs Central: Schedule, scores, highlights
April 08, 2018 (21:30) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
From the first round all the way through the Stanley Cup Final, ESPN.com has you covered. Check out the full playoff picture and coverage on each team. More...
Trudeau among thousands at Humboldt vigil
April 08, 2018 (21:15) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
A vigil honoring the Humboldt Broncos, the junior hockey team involved in a tragic bus accident in Canada that killed 15, was held in their home arena Sunday night. More...
$4M raised in 45 hours for Humboldt families
April 08, 2018 (20:15) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Donations from almost 60,000 people from about 60 countries worldwide raised $4 million in less than two days for the families of the Humboldt junior hockey team tragedy. More...
Capitals feeling loose heading into playoffs
April 08, 2018 (14:45) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Freed from the weight of being Stanley Cup favorites, the Capitals are playing like a team eager to prove something. More...
Mourners gather at hockey arena; vigil Sunday
April 08, 2018 (11:00) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
A hockey arena became the epicenter of grief for a small Canadian town on Sunday, as friends and relatives gathered to mourn 15 people killed after a semi-trailer slammed into a bus carrying a youth hockey team in western Canada. More...
How the voice of Hockeytown lost his son to drugs and insurance fraud
April 08, 2018 (07:15) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
For Ken Daniels, determining how his son could overdose in a sober house meant learning about the corrupt side of the Florida rehabilitation industry, where laws can be exploited by people who actually have no interest in keeping recovering addicts clean. More...
The Blues' offseason game plan: Figure out the goaltending plan
April 08, 2018 (07:15) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
For a healthy portion of the 2017-18 season, it looked like the Blues would be back in the playoffs. Alas, they fell one win short, and will look to regroup this offseason. Here's how they get back in the playoff mix again in 2018-19. More...
Rangers fire Vigneault after last-place finish
April 07, 2018 (22:45) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
The Rangers fired head coach Alain Vigneault on Saturday, the team announced. The Rangers missed the playoffs this season for the first time since 2009-10. More...
Minn Duluth nips Irish in Frozen Four final
April 07, 2018 (22:00) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Minnesota Duluth, which barely made the NCAA men's hockey tournament as an at-large team, beat Notre Dame 2-1 in the Frozen Four championship game on Saturday night. Karson Kuhlman had a goal and an assist for the Bulldogs and Hunter Shepard had 19 saves. More...
Ovechkin locks up scoring title with 49 goals
April 07, 2018 (21:15) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
For the seventh time in his career, the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin finished the NHL regular season as the league's top scorer. With two goals Saturday against the Devils, Ovechkin capped his season with 49 goals. More...
The Panthers' offseason game plan: Adding a top-six winger is key
April 07, 2018 (17:45) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
The Panthers were one of the hottest teams in the league in the second half of the season, but the early hole they'd dug themselves in prevented a playoff berth. Here are the moves they should make this offseason to take the next step. More...
Red Wings sign beleaguered GM to 2-year deal
April 07, 2018 (17:30) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
The Red Wings, after missing the playoffs for the second consecutive season, have signed Ken Holland, who has served as the team's GM since 1997, to a new 2-year deal. More...
Hockey, sports world mourn Humboldt victims
April 07, 2018 (12:15) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
The hockey world was stunned and saddened to hear the news of a bus crash that killed 14 members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team. Said Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock: "It's got to rip the heart out of your chest." More...
Bus carrying junior hockey team in fatal crash
April 07, 2018 (00:00) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Canadian police say they are at the scene of a fatal collision involving a transport truck and a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. More...
The Impossible Hobey Baker Award Quiz
April 06, 2018 (18:00) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
The Hobey Baker Award -- aka hockey's "Heisman" -- is given annually to the player who best "exhibits strength of character both on and off the ice." How well do you know the history of college hockey's greatest individual honor? Test your Hobey know-how. More...
Coyotes sign goalie Raanta through 2020-21
April 06, 2018 (17:00) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Acquired last offseason, goalie Antti Raanta has signed a three-year contract that will keep him with the Arizona Coyotes through the 2020-21 season. Raanta is 21-16-6 on the season and 9-1-0 in his past 10 games. More...
All tied up? NHL would turn to tiebreaking game
April 06, 2018 (16:45) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
The NHL announced Friday that a one-game tiebreaker would be played for the final playoff berth if the Flyers and Panthers end the season even in points, regulation and overtime wins and goal differential. More...
That's the ticket! Canucks raffle winner stunned
April 06, 2018 (16:15) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Knowing that a pot of $157,000 was available before Thursday's final Vancouver home game, Derek Kai and a group of friends, family and associates pooled together about $500. More...
Weekly Reader: 18 undeniably wonderful things about this NHL season
April 06, 2018 (11:45) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
Heading into the final weekend of the regular season is a great time to reflect on all of the awesomeness we witnessed -- including happy beginnings in Vegas and happy endings in Vancouver. Plus, Jersey Fouls of the week, puck headlines and much more. More...
What we'll miss this postseason: Blackhawks, McDavid, King Henrik
April 06, 2018 (08:30) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
There's plenty to celebrate about the NHL playoffs, but this postseason will lack some punch without Chicago or Connor McDavid, a proper farewell for generational talents like Jaromir Jagr and the Sedins, or seeing Henrik Lundquist carry the Rangers. More...
Which NHL draft lottery teams would Rasmus Dahlin impact the most?
April 06, 2018 (06:00) [ Indexed from ESPN.com ]
We know who has the best lottery chances, and biggest need, but which team takes a big jump if it lands him? We assess the impact the 17-year-old Swedish defenseman would have on teams with the greatest chances. More...

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