Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Avalanche, Hurricanes can clinch berth

Here is a look at the NHL standings and everything else that could impact the playoff picture. Stanley Cup Playoffs cliching scenarios for Tuesday: Eastern Conference The Carolina Hurricanes will clinch a playoff berth if: They defeat the Buffalo Sabres in any fashion (7 pm ET; ESPN+, HULU, NHL LIVE) and the Dallas Stars defeat … Read more

NBA, NHL see simultaneous upticks in scoring

NBA players, like the NHL counterparts, are scoring a lot.Image: Getty Images Rarely does it make sense to link the NBA and the NHL, other than they tend to play in the same buildings at the same time of year. You wouldn’t really call them roommates, because when one is home the other never is. … Read more

NHL Buzz: Werenski returns for Blue Jackets against Bruins

Columbus Blue Jackets Zach Werenski returned for the Blue Jackets host the Boston Bruins on Monday. The defenseman, who missed three games with a concussion, was injured on March 26 when he took a hit from Minnesota Wild defenseman Jacob Middleton. “It was a clean hit,” Werenski said, adding that he felt good enough to … Read more

Mrazek out at least six weeks for Maple Leafs with groin injury

TORONTO — Peter Mrazek will be out at least six weeks for the Toronto Maple Leafs because of a groin injury, meaning the goalie will miss the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Mrazek was injured in the first period of a 6-4 win against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Tuesday. He allowed … Read more

Mailbag: Bruins deadline acquisitions, Rangers projected playoff lineup

Thoughts on the Boston Bruins trade deadline? — @bahstonspahts Strong. You have to be crazy not to love the addition of defenseman Hampus Lindholm and the subsequent eight-year, $52 million contract ($6.5 million average annual value). Lindholm is 28 years old and will be a top-four defenseman in Boston for the foreseeable future. He and … Read more

Bruins eager to showcase Stanley Cup contender status against Maple Leafs

The Bruins coach knew the players who were returning, the skill on their top line, and the continuing development and maturity of players like forward David Pastrnak and defenseman Charlie McAvoy. But there were concerns, too, regarding new players, including a new goalie tandem, an uneven schedule, and all the unknowns and unknowables that comes … Read more

NHL playoff watch standings update

8:00 AM ET Tim Close Tim Kavanagh is a senior NHL editor for ESPN. He’s a native of upstate New York. Following a wild, 10-game slate on Saturday, the NHL schedule-makers provide another eight matchups for us on Sunday. Leading the way are a pair of intradivisional clash: the Colorado Avalanche visit the Minnesota … Read more

Atlantic Division teams fill needs at 2022 NHL Trade Deadline

Mark Giordano was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs from the Seattle Kraken. Giordano won the Norris Trophy in 2019 as the best defenseman in the NHL while playing for the Calgary Flames and is expected to fill a top-four role. Claude Girouxa forward with 900 points (291 goals, 609 assists) in 1,000 NHL games … Read more

NHL Trade Buzz: Krejci not an option for Bruins

Boston Bruins David Krejci is no longer an option for the Bruins, general manager Don Sweeney said. The forward, who opted to leave the Bruins after last season to play in his native Czech Republic, will remain there instead of returning to the NHL. The Bruins had left the door open for Krejci, who played … Read more

Lindholm traded to Bruins by Ducks for Moore, Vaakanainen

Hampus Lindholm was traded to the Boston Bruins by the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday for defensemen John Moore and Urho Vaakanainen and three NHL Draft picks. Anaheim received a first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft. The Bruins … Read more