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

Avalanche defeat Penguins, clinch playoff berth

PITTSBURGH — The Colorado Avalanche clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 6-4 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday. Nathan MacKinnon scored twice, Mikko Rantanen had two assists to reach 400 points in his 400th NHL game, and JT Compher and Darren Helm Each had a goal … Read more

Stanley Cup Playoffs Buzz: Panthers, Avalanche can clinch

Here is a look at the NHL standings and everything else that could impact the playoff picture. Stanley Cup Playoffs clinching scenarios for Sunday Eastern Conference The Florida Panthers will clinch a playoff berth if: — They defeat the Buffalo Sabres in any fashion (1 pm ET; SN, MSG-B, BSFL, ESPN+, NHL LIVE). OR — … Read more

Avalanche defeat Penguins, on verge of clinching playoff berth

DENVER — Devon Toews scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:26 remaining in the third period, and the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 at Ball Arena on Saturday. Mike Mathison tied it 2-2 for the Penguins at 15:07 of the third period when he shot past Darcy Kuember from the bottom of the right … Read more

NHL Buzz: Kadri out for Avalanche with upper-body injury

Colorado Avalanche Nazem Kadri did not play for the Avalanche against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday because of an upper-body injury. The forward did not practice Friday, one day after he was injured in a 4-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. Kadri left in the third period after a collision with two … Read more

Penguins, Avalanche players to watch debated ahead of game Saturday

There will be no shortage of elite, attention-grabbing players on the ice when the Colorado Avalanche host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Ball Arena on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; ABC, ESPN+, SN, SN1, NHL LIVE). The Avalanche (48-14-6) are the first team in the NHL to reach 100 points this season and are in the lead … Read more

NHL Buzz: Kadri game-time decision for Avalanche on Saturday

Colorado Avalanche Nazem Kadri could be out for the Avalanche against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday (3 pm ET; ABC, SN, SN1, ESPN+) because of an undisclosed injury. The forward did not practice Friday, one day after he was injured in a 4-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. Kadri left in the … Read more

Would you rather have Nathan MacKinnon as your teammate? Or Teddy Bridgewater?

As Will Smith’s PR team keeps learning the hard way, smacking a peer in front of a few million witnesses sometimes has, ya know, consequences. But before you hop onto the hockey high horse and wag a tender, reproachful, oh-how-could-you finger at Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon for throwing down with Minnesota’s Matt Dumba earlier this … Read more

Super 16: Avalanche No. 1, Rangers move into top five of power rankings

The Rangers are No. 5 this week; they were No. 4 on Jan. 6. New York was as high as No. 2 on Dec. 9. The Pittsburgh Penguins fell two spots to No. 7. The same 16 teams are ranked for a third consecutive week, with the Colorado Avalanche at No. 1 for a 10th … Read more

NHL Buzz: Connor, Schmidt in COVID-19 protocol for Jets, out three games

Welcome to the NHL Buzz. Throughout the 2021-22 season, NHL.com will have you covered with the latest news. Winnipeg Jets Kyle Connor and Nate Schmidt were placed in the NHL COVID-19 protocol Wednesday and will miss three games for the Jets. Connor, a forward, and Schmidt, a defenseman, each tested positive and have to quarantine … Read more