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2 hrs ago | BleacherReport

Breaking Down Coaches Who Could Replace Kirk Muller with Carolina Hurricanes

After three seasons of no playoffs and no finishes higher than 12th in the Eastern Conference, Kirk Muller's days as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes may be approaching their end.


Related Topix: Sports, Paul Maurice, NHL Players, NHL Eastern Conference, NHL Hockey, NHL Southeast Division, Carolina Hurricanes, Lindy Ruff, Barry Trotz

7 hrs ago |

Griffins' first-round opponent Abbotsford has familiar face, solid end to regular season

The Grand Rapids Griffins and Abbotsford Heat will meet for the first time in the playoffs when they open their American Hockey League Western Conference quarterfinal series in British Columbia on Friday.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Chad Billins, NHL Players, Max Reinhart, Ben Street, Calgary Flames, NHL Northwest Division

13 hrs ago |

Blackhawks realize Game 4 is crucial

When Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinals between the Hawks and the Blues is over tonight, they will be either delighted or desperate.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Chicago Blackhawks, Ben Smith, Patrick Sharp, NHL Players, Marcus Kruger

Wed Apr 23, 2014


Wild n' out: Cooke suspended seven games

Cooke was only assessed a minor for kneeing Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie just over two minutes into the second period of Monday's 1-0 Minnesota victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinals, but Barrie was later diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament and is scheduled to miss 4-to-6 weeks.


Related Topix: Sports, Colorado Avalanche, Tyson Barrie

Globe and Mail

Duhatschek: The sooner Matt Cooke is gone, the better for the NHL

Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke has been hit with a 7-game suspension for his knee shot on Colorado blueliner Tyson Barrie.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Matt Cooke, NHL Players, Minnesota Wild, NHL Northwest Division, Colorado Avalanche, Matt Johnson, Tyson Barrie

Washington Times

Coyotes on right financial track with new owners

Anthony LeBlanc called owning an NHL franchise every Canadian kid's dream when his group completed the purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes last summer.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, NHL Pacific Division, Phoenix Coyotes, Shane Doan, Mike Smith, NHL Players

The Campbell Reporter

Sharks seek sweep of Kings, plus some rest

The Sharks have an opportunity to sweep a first-round opponent for the second consecutive year and advancing to the Western Conference semifinals is only part of the incentive to beat the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.


Related Topix: Sports, San Jose Sharks, NHL Hockey, Mike Brown, Patrick Marleau, Brad Stuart, NHL Players, Tyler Toffoli


Get your game notes: Rangers at Flyers

Tonight on NBCSN, it's the Philadelphia Flyers hosting the New York Rangers starting at 8 p.m. ET.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Philadelphia Flyers, Ray Emery, NHL Players, NHL Atlantic Division, New York Rangers, NHL Eastern Conference

2014 NHL Playoffs: Latest money lines and more

Montreal is the only team to clinch a series and now await the winner of the Bruins-Red Wings clash.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Eastern Conference, Detroit Red Wings, NHL Central Division

Sabre Noise

Rochester Americans: Regular Season Recap

As the Rochester Americans prepare to face the Chicago Wolves in the upcoming round one of the Calder Cup playoffs, it's time to take a look at their regular season, some of the numbers, and how things ended up as the team finished off its regular season play on Saturday in Toronto.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Luke Adam, NHL Players, Johan Larsson, Buffalo Sabres, Mark Pysyk, Drew Bagnall


The 10 Longest Individual Stanley Cup Droughts with Potential to End in 2014

The Stanley Cup is the ultimate goal for every NHL player, and yet, so many greats have gone their entire careers without the opportunity to hoist it.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Stephane Robidas, NHL Players, Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Miller, San Jose Sharks, Scott Hannan

Tue Apr 22, 2014

CBC News

BOXSCORE: Lightning-Canadiens

Don't miss the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of their Western Conference quarter-final on Hockey Night in Canada .


Related Topix: Sports

Business Journal

Gaglardi: Why the Dallas Stars won't be the NHL underdog for long

Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars celebrates his goal during the first period of Game 3 of the initial round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday night at the American Airlines Center.


Related Topix: Sports, Dallas Stars, Jamie Benn, NHL Hockey, NHL Players, NHL Pacific Division

Denver Post

Matt Cooke hit on Tyson Barrie prompts NHL hearing request

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie skates off on his own power after getting a knee to knee hit from Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke during the second period April 21, 2014 during round 1 game three of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Colorado Avalanche, Tyson Barrie, NHL Players, Matt Cooke, Mark Rycroft, Patrick Roy

Flyers' Vincent Lecavalier 'not surprised' Wild's ...

Flyers center Vincent Lecavalier didn't need to get a first look at a knee-on-knee hit in a Western Conference playoff game Monday.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Philadelphia Flyers, Vincent Lecavalier, NHL Players, Colorado Avalanche, Tyson Barrie, NHL Northwest Division

Mon Apr 21, 2014

Edmonton Journal

Ask Matty: Size isn't everything in the NHL, but it sure helps win Stanley Cups

What can we say objectively about war in Afghanistan, a clash of civilizations neither the Soviets nor the determined Americans could solve? Edmonton Oilers defenceman Martin Marincin, left, fights Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar for the puck during NHL action at Edmonton's Rexall Place on April 10, 2014.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Edmonton Oilers, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Will Acton, Anton Belov, Luke Gazdic, NHL Players

Globe and Mail

Habs' behavioural economics, 'nudge theory' is paying off

Montreal Canadiens' Rene Bourque, left, collides with Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos during second period NHL Stanley Cup playoff action in Montreal, Sunday, April 20, 2014.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, NHL Northeast Divison, Montreal Canadiens, Steven Stamkos, NHL Players, Rene Bourque, Josh Gorges

The News-Press

NHL player can't recall making insensitive comment

Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said Monday that he couldn't recall whether he said, "Wakey, wakey," to David Backes after the St. Louis Blues captain was left woozy by a devastating hit from Brent Seabrook.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Chicago Blackhawks, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, NHL Players, Jonathan Toews, Sheldon Brookbank

Sports Network

Wild try to slow down Avs, MacKinnon in Game 3

The Minnesota Wild hope to get themselves back into the Western Conference quarterfinals on home ice, but first they'll have to figure out a way to slow down Nathan MacKinnon.


Related Topix: Sports, Minnesota Wild, NHL Hockey, Marco Scandella, NHL Players, NHL Northwest Division, Colorado Avalanche, Nathan MacKinnon

Erie Times News

Otters' Brown, Storm's Finn have history on, off ice

A relentless competitive spirit brought Connor Brown and Matt Finn together as 3-year-olds learning how to skate at West Mall Rink in Etobicoke, Ontario.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Wayne Gretzky, NHL Players