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2 hrs ago | Contra Costa Times

Sharks will start Antti Niemi in goal

The expected became official as Antti Niemi will start in goal for the Sharks when they host the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals.


Related Topix: Sports, San Jose Sharks, NHL Hockey, Antti Niemi, Alex Stalock, NHL Players, Los Angeles Kings, NHL Pacific Division

4 hrs ago | Blackhhawk up

Stanley Cup Playoffs Viewing Party: Live Streaming, TV Listings & More

The Stanley Cup playoffs kick off tonight with three games with two from the Eastern Conference and one late night tilt from the Western Conference.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Eastern Conference, NHL Hockey, Ben Bishop, NHL Players, Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL Atlantic Division

8 hrs ago | Salt Lake Tribune

NHL playoffs: Dale Weise lifts Montreal over Tampa Bay in overtime

Tampa, Fla. a Dale Weise scored 18:08 into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening game of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series on Wednesday night.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Montreal Canadiens, Dale Weise, NHL Players, NHL Eastern Conference, Carey Price, Daniel Briere

12 hrs ago | Denver Post

Joe Sakic draws parallel between current Avs, Nordiques of his youth

The excitement in Joe Sakic's voice was just as well expressed on his face. The former Avalanche captain, now the team's executive vice president of hockey operations, is jazzed about the team being in the playoffs again.


Related Topix: Sports, Joe Sakic, NHL Players, NHL Hockey, Colorado Avalanche, Matt Duchene, Jan Hejda, Cory Sarich

16 hrs ago | Tualatin Times

Got the power

The Portland fans cheer as an opposing player goes to the penalty box, and out on the ice skate five Winterhawks: Derrick Pouliot, Nic Petan, Taylor Leier, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Brendan Leipsic.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey

Wed Apr 16, 2014

Red Eye Chicago

NHL playoffs

Many Blackhawks fans are nervously comparing this year's very good team to last year's unbelievable Team of Destiny.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Chicago Blackhawks, Jonathan Toews, NHL Players, St. Louis Blues, David Backes, T.J Oshie

Langley Times

NHL Preview: Predictions, Assumptions, and Bold Calls for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Full disclosure, right up front: my preseason Stanley Cup picks were the San Jose Sharks and the Detroit Red Wings.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Detroit Red Wings, Mike Babcock, NHL Players, Pavel Datsyuk, Tomas Tatar, Gustav Nyquist

The Winnipeg Free Press

Maurice returning to coach NHL's Jets

Paul Maurice, who stated remaining in Winnipeg would be a family decision, is staying behind the bench of the Jets.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey

Pucks And Pitchforks

2014 NHL Playoff Predictions: Western Conference Quarterfinals

Apr 3, 2014; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton controls the puck against Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene during the third period at SAP Center at San Jose.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, San Jose Sharks, Joe Thornton, NHL Players, Joe Pavelski, Matt Greene, NHL Pacific Division

The Detroit News

Western Conference playoff preview: Blackhawks draw Blues first in quest to defend Cup

Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News breaks down the first-round matchups in the Western Conference playoffs, with predictions on each series: 1 COLORADO VS.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Chicago Blackhawks, David Backes, NHL Players, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith

NHL Western conference playoff preview

The 2013-14 NHL regular season concluded on Sunday, April 13, 2014. On Wednesday, April 16, the "second season" officially begins; it is time for Stanley Cup playoff action.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Anaheim Ducks, John Gibson, Frederik Andersen, NHL Players, Semyon Varlamov, Patrick Roy

Tue Apr 15, 2014

NHL's second season full of possibilities

Boston is the favorite to return to the Stanley Cup Final from the Eastern Conference while a mix of teams are in the running for the Western Conference title.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Eastern Conference, NHL Hockey, St. Louis Blues, Brenden Morrow, David Backes, T.J Oshie, NHL Players

The Washington Post

Sabres looking to rebuild quickly

Murray outlined his intentions Tuesday, two days after the Sabres closed one of the worst and most tumultuous seasons in their 44-year history.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Buffalo Sabres, Ville Leino, NHL Players


My votes for the 2013-14 NHL awards

As a member of the Pro Hockey Writers' Association, and fortunate to have a say for the National Hockey League 2013-14 awards, I'm sharing how I voted below.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby, NHL Players, Evgeni Malkin, Anaheim Ducks, Ryan Getzlaf

Free Republic

2014 NHL Playoffs - Live Thread

Painful topic...after a Cup Finals appearance in 02, a Cup title in 06, and another Eastern Finals in 09 - the Hurricanes have not seen the playoffs in many moons.


Related Topix: Sports, Teemu Selanne, NHL Players

MGo Blue

Six Michigan Ice Hockey Alums to Compete in NHL Postseason

The University of Michigan ice hockey team was represented by 19 alumni in the NHL during the 2013-14 season and was one of a record 49 colleges to have had a player in the NHL this year.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Eastern Conference, NHL Hockey, Ice Hockey, Winter Sports, Mike Brown, NHL Players, San Jose Sharks, NHL Pacific Division, Anaheim Ducks


Wild: Captain Mikko Koivu knows how precious playoffs are

Wild center Mikko Koivu rests between shifts in the third period against the St. Louis Blues at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Thursday, April 10, 2014.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild, NHL Players, Olympic Hockey, Winter Sports, Mikko Koivu (2010 Vancouver Olympics), Olympics, Olympic Winter Games, Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks, NHL Central Division


2014 NHL Free Agents: Projecting Landing Spots for Hockey's Biggest Stars

The culmination of the 2013-14 NHL regular season has many fans ready for the playoffs, but there are many other franchises and , goalie Ryan Miller and defenseman Andrew MacDonald eligible to become unrestricted free agents during the offseason, the landscape of the NHL could change drastically as these players land long-term deals.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Hockey, Ryan Miller, NHL Players, NHL Atlantic Division, New York Islanders, Andrew MacDonald, Thomas Vanek

Mon Apr 14, 2014


Examining the NHL's 4 Wild-Card Clubs in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff Picture

One of the most exciting parts of the Stanley Cup playoffs is the unpredictability.


Related Topix: Sports, NHL Eastern Conference, NHL Hockey, NHL Atlantic Division, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, Jamie Benn, Kari Lehtonen, NHL Players

KARE-TV Minneapolis

Wild set to face Avalanche in NHL playoffs

As the season went along and the Colorado Avalanche kept winning and winning, they broadened their ambitions: From simply making the UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 18: Dany Heatley #15, Jared Spurgeon #46 and Ryan Suter #20 of the Minnesota Wild celebrate a goal by Spurgeon in the first period in an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders at Nassau ... (more)


Related Topix: Sports, Patrick Roy, NHL Players, Minnesota Wild, NHL Hockey, Jared Spurgeon, Colorado Avalanche, NHL Northwest Division