New York, NY (Sports Network) – The Florida Panthers will have the top
overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, after winning the league’s lottery
which was held on Tuesday.
The Buffalo Sabres entered the evening with the best odds to take the No. 1
pick, with a 25 percent chance of retaining their spot after recording the
worst record in the NHL for the first time in franchise history.
However, it was the Panthers, who last won the continue
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock
said on Tuesday that he expects all of his currently injured players to return
to action by the end of the first round of the playoffs.
Once front-runners for the Presidents’ Trophy, the Blues stumbled through the
end of the regular season with six consecutive losses and nine in their last
14 to fall out of first place and into second in the Central Division.
Forwards T.J. Oshie (concussion) and Brenden Morrow (foot), along continue
(Sports Network) – The Colorado Avalanche figured to be a team on the upswing
after landing talented center Nathan MacKinnon with the top overall pick of
the 2013 draft and hiring former goaltender great Patrick Roy as their head
An outstanding season by netminder Semyon Varlamov expedited the process and
his Vezina Trophy-worthy season — as well as a late collapse by the St. Louis
Blues — helped the Avs win their first division title since 2002-03.
Varlamov led the NHL with 41 victories, breaking Roy’s single-season franchise
mark set in 2000-01. He also surpassed his head coach for the most home
victories by an Avalanche goaltender in continue
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Stanley Cup playoffs have a
different look in 2014 and the NHL hopes the new formula can make the most
exciting part of the season even better.
The NHL underwent drastic realignment for the 2013-14 campaign, and the
changes didn’t stop with the formation of new divisions. The playoffs also
received a facelift, as the league brass attempt to create more divisional
rivalries in the early part of the postseason. In fact, seven of the eight
first-round series will consist of playoff battles between divisional foes.
Gone is re-seeding after the first round, as the league eliminated that
process in favor of a fixed continue
(SportsNetwork.com) – After losing in the second round of the playoffs to the
Boston Bruins last spring, the New York Rangers felt it was time for a change.
The club let go of head coach John Tortorella shortly after that 4-1 series
loss and replaced him with Alain Vigneault, formerly of the Vancouver Canucks.
Of course, Tortorella wound up in Vancouver as Vigneault’s replacement, but
the coaching swap has so fair worked in New York’s favor. While the Rangers
have made the playoffs for the fourth straight spring, the Canucks are out of
the postseason for the first time since 2008.
A few weeks into the season, however, continue