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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Buffalo Sabres Sign Aleksandr Kisakov

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While Sabres fans were not met with good news last night, failing to move up in the NHL’s draft lottery, they do get a positive headline today. The team announced that prospect forward Aleksandr Kisakov, the 53rd overall pick last year, has chosen to cross the Atlantic and..." 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Shane Wright, Juraj Slafkovsky top Central Scouting final 2022 NHL Draft rankings

    NHL.com "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

  • 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

  • USA Announces Men's World Hockey Championship Roster

    The Hockey News "The United States has announced a 24-man roster for the upcoming men's World Hockey Championship in Finland, set to begin on May 13.  The team is led by veteran defenders Seth Jones and Nate Schmidt, with Jones being the most experienced player with two previous World..." May 05

  • What will Sabres do with captaincy next season?

    Buffalo Hockey Beat "The Sabres’ decision to forego naming a captain this season and use veterans Kyle Okposo and Zemgus Girgensons as alternates paid dividends. The rebuilding team quickly came together, and players have expressed the dynamic in the dressing room allows everyone to be..." May 05

  • What is the longest overtime game in NHL playoff history?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs are underway and if you’re wondering what the longest overtime game in NHL playoff history is, we’ve got a list of the top 10 below. Top 10 Longest Overtime Games in NHL Playoff History: 116:30, 6 OT – March 24,..." May 05

  • The 2022 Stanley Cup playoff pressure rankings

    The Athletic "The playoffs are here, and the pressure is intense. That’s true for everyone. You’re a rookie in your very first postseason? Pressure. A veteran chasing that elusive ring? Pressure. A coach, GM, a referee or the guy who has to run out and fix the broken glass? Pressure. A..." May 04

  • Why Each NHL Playoff Team Won't Win the Stanley Cup

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are underway as 16 teams begin their quest to win hockey's greatest prize. Only one will be hoisting the big mug by the time the Stanley Cup Final ends in late June. We recently examined the reasons why each of this year's postseason..." May 04

  • Inside the Black Ace experience during the Stanley Cup playoffs

    Daily Faceoff "It’s NHL playoff time, and that means the intensity will ratchet up to a new level. With players sacrificing their bodies to jump in front of pucks and their opponents, injuries are bound to be a factor. It’s a war of attrition, and often the teams with the most depth are the ones..." May 04

  • NHL Announces 32 Team Nominees for 2021-22 King Clancy Memorial Trophy

    NHL.com "The National Hockey League today announced the 32 team nominees for the 2021-22 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is presented “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his..." May 04

  • 2022 NHL Playoffs Tiers: Where Do All 16 Teams Land?

    Bleacher Report "Sixteen teams have a chance to win the 2022 Stanley Cup. Some are more likely to pull it off than others. We grouped them into five tiers to evaluate their likelihoods of ending the season on top.     Tier 1:..." May 03

  • The bandwagon-hopper’s guide to the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs

    The Athletic "It’s playoff time, and almost everyone knows who they’re rooting for. Almost everyone. Obviously, half the league’s fan bases get to watch their own team in the postseason, so that’s easy. Of the teams that didn’t make it, plenty of you will be..." May 03

  • Ryan Johnson Leaning Toward College For 2022-23

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres signed Owen Power after his sophomore season with the Michigan Wolverines and put him directly into the lineup. It appears as though they will have to wait another year for another top college defenseman. In his end-of-year availability today, general..." May 03

  • Connor McDavid wins Art Ross, Auston Matthews secures Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy

    Sportsnet "For the second straight season and fourth time in his career, Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid will take home the Art Ross Trophy while Toronto Maple Leafs sniper Auston Matthews has captured the Maurice (Rocket) Richard Award for the second year in..." May 01

  • 3 reasons Maple Leafs will win the 2022 Stanley Cup

    Clutch Points "The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to make a deep run in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs after a strong regular season saw them finish second in the Atlantic Division. After five straight years of failing to advance past the first round of the playoffs in each of the past five seasons, Toronto..." May 01

  • 4 Oilers’ 2022 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions

    The Hockey News "The Edmonton Oilers are back in the playoffs for the third season in a row and expected to do much better than a first round sweep. They have one win in their past eight playoff games, ever since they made it to game seven of the second round in 2017. With a much deeper and more..." May 01

  • Why Each NHL Playoff Team Will Win the Stanley Cup

    Bleacher Report "The puck drops on the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs on Monday. It marks the first time since 2019 that the 16 postseason competitors have completed a full 82-game schedule. How that factor affects these clubs in the quest for the Cup remains to be seen. In the meantime, each of..." May 01

  • 3 reasons Lightning will win third consecutive Stanley Cup in 2022

    Clutch Points "The Tampa Bay Lightning have the chance to make some remarkable NHL history this season, should they manage to run the table en route to their third consecutive Stanley Cup Finals victory. No team in the history of the league has achieved the remarkable feat, and it’s easy to see why...." May 01

  • Ranking the top 5 goaltenders in the 2022 NHL playoffs, including Andrei Vasilevskiy and Igor Shesterkin

    Sporting News "There is a common denominator among almost every past Stanley Cup champion — elite goaltending.  The Lightning are coming off back-to-back Cup wins with Andrei Vasilesvkiy, one of the top goalies in the league, in net. The Blues had Jordan Binnington go on an absolute..." May 01

  • What we can learn about Cup-winning offence from champs of NHL's current era

    Sportsnet "The wild-card races have been settled. Home ice has been decided. And from here on out, every second of every game could be the difference between a championship run rolling on or an early summer quietly approaching. The 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs have arrived, and given the way this..." May 01