Avalanche line combinations: Eight configurations that coach Jared Bednar could look at ahead of the playoffs

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar doesn’t have to worry about his team making the playoffs or staying atop the Western Conference standings, but he still has plenty to consider with the playoffs creeping closer. Bednar has talked about wanting to try different line combinations during this coming preplayoff stretch. That way, if things go awry and … Read more

Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Golden Knights can tie for wild card in West

Welcome to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz, a daily look at the races for the 2022 NHL postseason. There are 24 days left in the regular season and the races in each of the four divisions are tight. The top three teams in each of the four divisions and the next two highest-place finishers in … Read more

Panthers can’t rely on comebacks, Huberdeau, coach say

Andrew Brunette said he loves the way Jonathan Huberdeau is playing these days. Too bad he doesn’t feel the same way about his team as a whole. The Florida Panthers coach watched the 28-year-old forward cap off a five-point performance (two goals, three assists) with a goal at 2:47 of overtime in a wild 7-6 … Read more

The Devils Need “Boring” Forwards

For those of you who are new to the fanbase… first of all, I’m sorry… second, you likely know that there used to be a time when the Devils were known primarily for being a first defense team. This started in the mid-90s when the Devils won their first Stanley Cup under the direction of … Read more

Mark Madden: With playoff series looming, Penguins-Rangers matchup has extra importance

Thursday’s matchup between the Penguins and host New York Rangers isn’t a playoff game. But it’s got implications beyond a mere regular-season contest. The Penguins and Rangers are a good bet to play in the first round of the playoffs. The Rangers have beaten the Penguins two straight times, dropping a 1-0 decision before that. … Read more

Ryan Strome has immediate impact in Rangers return vs. Devils

Ryan Strome slotted back into the Rangers lineup Tuesday night against the Devils, marking the first return from injury that will further complicate head coach Gerard Gallant’s looming personnel decisions. After missing the previous four games with an undisclosed lower-body injury, which he suffered against the Sabres at the end of March, Strome returned to … Read more