2022 NHL Draft: What is each team’s biggest need?

Today we look at each NHL team’s biggest need going into the 2022 NHL Draft. Biggest need, in this context, doesn’t mean the immediate need on the big club’s roster. This is not about filling needs for the 2022-23 NHL season. The purpose of this from an NHL Draft perspective is to examine a club’s … Read more

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews collects Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award

TAMPA, Fla. — Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Auston Matthews collected the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player and the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHLPA’s most outstanding player at the NHL Awards on Tuesday night. Matthews, 24, scored 60 goals, leading the NHL for the second straight season. He set a Maple … Read more

2022 Stanley Cup Final – Talking hockey, ‘Mighty Ducks’ and more with SNL’s Kenan Thompson

Kenan Thompson has unusual hockey roots for a celebrity NHL fan. Before he was an Emmy Award-winning sketch comedian on “Saturday Night Live,” he was a Mighty Duck. Thompson, who is hosting the NHL Awards for the second time on Tuesday night at 7 ET in Tampa, Florida, played Russ Tyler in “D2: The Mighty … Read more

Rangers relying on playoff resilience for Game 6 to extend Eastern Final

TAMPA — The New York Rangers arrived here Friday with a fresh outlook on where they stand in the Eastern Conference Final even though they were less than 24 hours removed from feeling like the world was closing in on them. The Rangers lost 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 at Madison … Read more

Shesterkin, Rangers top Lightning in Game 2, extend Eastern Final lead

New York leads the best-of-7 series. Game 3 is at Tampa Bay on Sunday. “I think we did a great job limiting them, especially in the first two periods,” Rangers defenseman Adam Fox said. “We didn’t make too many mistakes. We were able to feel them. We did a good job playing from the middle … Read more

Vasilevskiy-Shesterkin matchup in East Final has teammates picking sides

GREENBURG, NY — Barclay Goodrowlike everyone else with the Tampa Bay Lightning and beyond, has touted Andrei Vasilevskiy As the best goalie in the world, the only one you’d want in your net in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Oh, how that narrative has changed for Goodrow. “I’ll take ‘Shesty’ all day,” he said. Of course, … Read more

Rangers come back again, reach Eastern Conference Final

RALEIGH, NC. — They did it again. “We don’t go away,” Chris Kreider said. The New York Rangers didn’t against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference First Round, coming back from 3-1 down to win the series in seven games, winning Games 5, 6 and 7 in comeback fashion. They’re still playing in the … Read more

Hurricanes, Rangers each bring confidence, promising history into Game 7

RALEIGH, NC — Recent history would say one thing: The Carolina Hurricanes are going to win Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round. But it’s not that easy. And it’s not that simple. The Hurricanes do come into Game 7 against the New York Rangers with home-ice advantage, playing at PNC Arena on Monday … Read more

Stanley Cup Playoffs conference finals schedule scenarios

NEW YORK — The National Hockey league today announced the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals schedule scenarios. The Eastern Conference Final will feature the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning against either the Carolina Hurricanes or New York Rangers and will begin Wednesday, June 1. The Western Conference Final will feature the … Read more

Penguins GM – ‘In a perfect world,’ Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang would stay in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ron Hextall says he wants to find a way to have Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang stay with the club for the rest of their careers. “In a perfect world, [Malkin] retires a Penguin,” Hextall said Monday. “And I think Tanger’s the same.” In a perfect world, anyway. The … Read more