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  • The 6 Most Likely Landing Spots for Penguins Forward Evgeni Malkin

    Bleacher Report "Evgeni Malkin has played nearly 1,000 regular-season games and another 177 in the playoffs while establishing himself as one of the most prolific players in recent history. Three Stanley Cups, two scoring titles, a most valuable player award and better than 500 goals and 1,300 points..." May 17

  • Examining the Key Battlegrounds for Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs

    Daily Faceoff "In Round 1, Daily Faceoff resident coach Jon Goyens identified eight key battlegrounds that had significant impacts on the outcome of each series. He was the first to use the word ‘boring’ to describe the start of that Calgary-Dallas series, which ended up being..." May 17

  • The 10 hottest storylines to open Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs

    Daily Faceoff "Okay. That was extreme. Pretty sure the hockey universe is still measuring its collective heart rate after five Game 7s over two days to close out the first round of the NHL playoffs. Early on in those series, though: I have to admit to being disappointed in the quality of the games on the ice...." May 17

  • Lightning vs. Panthers preview: 5 questions for ‘Battle of Florida’

    Pro Hockey Talk "1. How healthy are Point, Kucherov, Verhaeghe? We’re only through one race in the marathon that is the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Even so, there are already injuries that could swing a series between two dominant teams in the Panthers and..." May 17

  • Leafs Fans Turn on Each Other in Post-Game 7 Brawl

    Complex "The Toronto Maple Leafs’ Game 7 curse lasted well after the final buzzer rang on Saturday night. After the team failed to advance to Round 2 of the playoffs yet again, their fans began to take out their anger on each other.  A video shot from section 319 of the..." May 16

  • 3 major offseason moves the Maple Leafs must make after another early Stanley Cup Playoffs exit

    Clutch Points "The Toronto Maple Leafs were defeated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That’s a phrase attributable to any of the past six NHL seasons and still holds true in 2022. The Leafs blew a 3-2 series lead against the Tampa Bay Lightning and were defeated 2-1 in Game 7, once again..." May 15

  • 3 Minnesota Wild Offseason Moves That Must Be Made

    The Hockey Writers "The Minnesota Wild had high expectations for the playoffs following a franchise-best campaign in the 2021-22 NHL season. Unfortunately, the St. Louis Blues proved to be too tough of a task to handle in the opening round as they eliminated the Wild in six games. Outside of Kirill..." May 15

  • Looking Ahead To P.K. Subban’s Impending Free Agency

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Despite relatively low fanfare, one of hockey’s biggest names is set to be become an unrestricted free agent this summer. New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban will become a UFA for the first time in his career, having just finished the final year of an eight-year, $72MM..." May 15

  • Maple Leafs’ painful postseason streak continues with Game 7 loss to Lightning

    Larry Brown Sports "The Toronto Maple Leafs had their best team in years, but they still were unable to shake a difficult streak that has been plaguing them. The Leafs lost 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference first round playoff series. The heartbreaking Game..." May 15

  • Blackhawks Have 3 Good Right-Wing Targets for the 2022 Offseason

    The Hockey Writers "The Chicago Blackhawks are expected to be one of the busiest teams this offseason. General manager (GM) Kyle Davidson has made it clear that the club is rebuilding and more moves should be on the way. However, although this is the current state of the team, that doesn’t..." May 14

  • Lightning HC Jon Cooper bluntly calls out ‘BS’ take ahead of Game 7 vs. Maple Leafs

    Clutch Points "The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs have an extremely important date this Sunday night, as they will be playing Game 7 of their scintillating first-round series. The Bolts are looking to keep their hopes alive for a three-peat, having won the last two editions of the Stanley Cup..." May 14

  • 3 Maple Leafs Who Need to Step Up in Game 7 vs. Lightning

    The Hockey Writers "One game for all the marbles. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning get set to duel it out one more time as their first-round series is going the distance. It’s been a back-and-forth affair to say the least and each game has been so different. Entertaining as hell, Game 7 is..." May 14

  • Ranking the worst Game 7 losses for each NHL team

    The Athletic "Welcome to a weekend of Game 7s. If your favorite team isn’t playing in one, prepare to be entertained. If they are, well, prepare for pain. Whenever I make a ranking, I know what I’m in for. It’s a fun format to play with, and readers usually enjoy them, but..." May 13

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

    ESPN "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..." May 13

  • 5 Leafs under the most pressure heading into Game 7 vs. Lightning

    The Score "You can blame the officiating. Or you can blame the costly mistakes. Your call. The fact of the matter is the Toronto Maple Leafs woke up Friday still alive in the NHL postseason. They again failed to close out a first-round series Thursday, this time against the back-to-back champs,..." May 13

  • Auston Matthews on preparing for Game 7 vs. Lightning: ‘We’ve got to put our balls on the line.’

    Daily Faceoff "And just like that, just when the moment seemed to be at hand for the Toronto Maple Leafs to banish their many ghosts to purgatory, poof, the moment was gone. Stop us if you’ve heard this before. As the Tampa Bay Lightning surged onto the ice at Amalie Arena to..." May 13

  • Keys to the offseason for NHL teams, including draft, free-agency game plans

    ESPN "The 2021-22 NHL season included a great deal of highlights, from the dominance of the Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers to the goal-scoring prowess of Auston Matthews and Chris Kreider to spectacular goaltending from Igor..." May 13

  • How teams are using ‘Trap Goals’ to score in the Stanley Cup playoffs

    Daily Faceoff "A few months back, I wrote an article for The Coaches Site about a term I coined: ‘Trap Goals.’ I came up with the idea after working remotely for an NHL head coach during the 2020 and 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs. During pre-scouts and analyzing in-game..." May 12

  • Why ridiculous goal scoring is good for the Stanley Cup playoffs

    ESPN "Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said something absolutely astonishing before Game 3 against the Carolina Hurricanes. He announced a goalie change from Linus Ullmark to Jeremy Swayman, which was to be expected when one is down in a series. But to justify his..." May 12

  • Maple Leafs Getting Bulletin Board Material From Jon Cooper

    The Hockey Writers "The Toronto Maple Leafs have no shortage of motivation heading into Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Leafs are just one win away from advancing to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2004. They are just one win away from silencing the haters who have been..." May 12

  • Thomas Chabot to captain Canada at worlds; Josh Anderson, Pierre-Luc Dubois among alternates

    TSN "Thomas Chabot will serve as Team Canada's captain at the 2022 IIHF World Championship in Finland. Hockey Canada announced Thursday that Chabot will wear the "C," while Montreal Canadiens winger Josh Anderson, Winnipeg Jets forwards Pierre-Luc Dubois and Adam Lowry,..." May 12

  • Alexei Melnichuk Signs In KHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After being traded earlier this season and finding himself in the ECHL, it seemed likely that Alexei Melnichuk’s time in North America was coming to an end. That was made official today, as HC Sochi in the KHL announced that the young goaltender has signed a contract with..." May 12

  • 3 Vegas Golden Knights head coach candidates if Peter DeBoer is fired

    Sportsnaut "The Vegas Golden Knights suffered a disappointing end to the 2021-22 NHL season, tumbling out of a playoff spot over the final few months. This is the first time in franchise history that they’ve missed the playoffs. As a result, head coach Peter DeBoer has found his name swirling in the..." May 11

  • Mapping out the Leafs' path to eliminating the Lightning in Game 6

    The Score "Will demons be exorcised at Amalie Arena on Thursday? Following a wild 4-3 victory Tuesday, the same Toronto Maple Leafs core that's failed to close out consecutive series against the Boston Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Montreal Canadiens now has a chance to eliminate the..." May 11

  • Three redemption stories power Maple Leafs to comeback win over Lightning in Game 5

    Daily Faceoff "For 23 minutes and 35 seconds, Game 5 was Hell on ice for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Especially for goaltender Jack Campbell, whose supposed redemption was quickly and mercilessly contorted in a funhouse mirror. After being pulled by coach Sheldon Keefe in Toronto’s 7-3 Game 4..." May 11

  • Jon Cooper: 'We Are Not Really Making Them Earn It'

    Maple Leafs Hot Stove "Jon Cooper addressed the media after his team’s 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. On giving up a 2-0 lead: We are not really making them earn it. We are kind of giving it to them. Two..." May 11

  • Mid-series vibe check: How each team should feel halfway through the first round

    The Athletic "This has been a strange first round on a number of fronts. Scoring is up, penalties are being called, teams are holding onto multi-goal leads, the margin of victory has never been higher, and series have never been closer. It’s been a very different Stanley Cup playoffs. The..." May 10

  • The Grind Line: Naming the Red Wings’ Next Head Coach

    The Hockey Writers "You’ve heard the news. Jeff Blashill will not be behind the Detroit Red Wings’ bench next season, and now the search for Hockeytown’s next head coach has begun. General manager Steve Yzerman has the ultimate say in who will fill that vacancy, but he did say this..." May 10

  • Keys to the offseason for NHL teams, including draft, free-agency game plans

    ESPN "The 2021-22 NHL season included a great deal of highlights, from the dominance of the Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers to the goal-scoring prowess of Auston Matthews and Chris Kreider to spectacular goaltending from Igor..." May 10

  • Why goalies accept the risk of cat eye cages

    Daily Faceoff "For this week’s edition of McKenna’s Musings, I decided to stay in my lane. All goalie. During the Stanley Cup playoffs, there’s never a shortage of crease-related topics. So here’s a closer look at two of the major goaltending..." May 10

  • Takeaways from the first 32 Stanley Cup playoff games -- and what comes next

    ESPN "Each series in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs has now gotten through Game 4, with no shortage of goalie drama, blowouts and controversy with on-ice officials. This postseason has certainly been thrilling, and following wins Monday by the Florida..." May 10

  • The storylines defining the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The Score "Scorers can't be stopped Disregard the old saying that it's harder to score in the postseason. Offense surged in 2021-22 to heights unseen in 26 years, and the trendline has kept rising in May. Teams combined to score 6.28 goals per game..." May 10

  • Montréal Canadiens hold best odds in NHL Draft Lottery history

    Daily Faceoff "The Montréal Canadiens picked the Wright time to bottom out in the NHL standings. Yes, the pain of finishing in 32nd place some 300 days after skating in the Stanley Cup Final is real, but the payoff is the Canadiens now hold the best odds in the history of the NHL Draft..." May 10

  • Who will hire Barry Trotz?

    The Athletic "How many NHL coaches woke up on Monday, heard that Barry Trotz was freshly unemployed and audibly groaned? Fifteen? Twenty? Thirty-one? Yep, a big, unexpected name has cannonballed into the coaching carousel. It seems we can thank Lou Lamoriello for that. Now,..." May 10

  • Victor Hedman, Cale Makar, and Roman Josi named Norris Trophy finalists

    Daily Faceoff "The NHL announced the finalists for the Norris Trophy for the league’s top defenseman on Monday. The finalists, who are the players that finished top-three in voting, are Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators, and Cale Makar of the..." May 09

  • 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs: How officials handle the intensity, scrutiny of postseason hockey

    ESPN "It's round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the Boston Bruins are facing the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 2 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Tensions flare early, as Boston winger David Pastrnak collides with Carolina goalie Antti Raanta,..." May 09

  • Hockey Canada Announces 2022 IIHF World Championship Roster

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The roster is set, with just a few days to go before things kick off for Hockey Canada at the 2022 IIHF World Championship. The defending gold medalists will be icing a rather youthful roster this season, highlighted by some of the league’s up-and-coming stars, along with some established..." May 09

  • Maple Leafs Jack Campbell Is Outplaying Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy

    The Hockey Writers "The Toronto Maple Leafs lead their best-of-seven first-round series two games to one following their gutsy hard-fought 5-2 victory over the Lightning in Tampa Bay on Friday night. While it was not a picture-perfect game or as dominant a game as they had in their 5-0 win in Game 1, it was a nice..." May 08

  • Eight Free Agents with the Most Money at Stake in the 2022 NHL Playoffs

    Bleacher Report "The regular season is the main measuring stick for evaluating an NHL player's performance when he's eligible to become a restricted or unrestricted free agent. However, a strong effort in the postseason can also provide a significant boost to their stock. The..." May 07

  • The 10 most unbreakable NHL playoff records

    Daily Faceoff "Two years ago, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo delivered an all-time performance during the Stanley Cup playoffs. In an agonizing five-overtime defeat to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of their Round-1 matchup, he stopped 85 shots. That broke Kelly Hrudey’s..." May 07

  • Why the Lightning's three-peat quest will be so difficult

    ESPN "After back-to-back Stanley Cup championships for the Tampa Bay Lightning, coach Jon Cooper couldn't believe he was uttering these words: "We're going for three." The last time an NHL team won three straight Stanley Cups was from 1981-83, as part of..." May 06

  • Shane Wright, Juraj Slafkovsky top Central Scouting final 2022 NHL Draft rankings "Shane Wright, a center with Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League, is No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft. Central Scouting on Thursday revealed its final list of the top North American skaters and goalies, and..." May 06

  • How to become an NHL head coach, coaching musical chairs and more

    The Athletic "Since the NHL regular season came to a close last weekend, three head coaching vacancies have opened up already, with possibly one or two more to come. NHL teams are rarely as cutthroat as their NFL counterparts where on Black Monday, non-playoff teams cut a swath through coaching..." May 06

  • Where and when does momentum matter in playoff games?

    Daily Faceoff "Momentum. It’s a word we hear a lot during the Stanley Cup playoffs, far more often than we do during the regular season. If you’ve watched all 16 games in Round 1 so far, you’ve probably heard “momentum” discussed several or even dozens of times per..." May 06

  • Devils open to trading 2022 1st-round pick

    The Score "With the 2022 NHL Draft just two months away, New Jersey Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald has made it clear his team's first-round selection could be in play. "I said this two drafts ago when we had the three first-round picks, I'm open to whatever can help..." May 05

  • Gary Bettman: NHL not interested in expanding playoffs

    The Score "While other leagues have expanded their postseason pictures in recent years, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday he wouldn't change a thing about the Stanley Cup Playoffs. "The reason this is as good as it is is because the regular season and the playoffs are..." May 05

  • 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs: How the Conn Smythe Trophy will be won

    ESPN "Have we ever discussed how the Conn Smythe Trophy might be the NHL's weirdest award? Let's start with the hardware itself. In 1964, the trophy was donated to the NHL by Maple Leaf Gardens, to be awarded to the Stanley Cup playoffs MVP and as a bauble to honor Hockey Hall of..." May 05

  • Five ways the Maple Leafs can retake momentum against the Lightning

    Daily Faceoff "Terse? No. Too strong a word. But when the Toronto Maple Leafs showed up for a media availability at the Ford Performance Centre Thursday, they weren’t chatty, either. They didn’t seem like a team wanting to lament what went wrong in Game 2’s sloppy home loss to the Tampa Bay..." May 05

  • 6 players who could swing Leafs-Bolts as the series shifts to Tampa

    The Score "Victor Hedman As time dwindled in Wednesday's first period, a jittery player might have shoveled the scoring chance into Jack Campbell's stomach. But when a loose puck found Hedman by the crease, he waited a beat as Campbell keeled over and then..." May 05

  • Halifax, Moncton To Host 2023 World Juniors

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After the 2023 IIHF World Junior tournament was stripped from Russia last month, a new host nation and city needed to be found quickly. The destination has been decided, as Hockey Canada officially announced today that Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Moncton, New Brunswick will hold the..." May 05