Panthers ride potent offense to clinch playoff berth

The Florida Panthers became the first team to clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 5-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. The Panthers (48-15-6) have already won the most games in their history and are one point shy of their record (103) they set in 2015-16, when they finished first … 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

Flyers eliminated, could not overcome injuries to Ellis, Hayes

The Philadelphia Flyers failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive season. Philadelphia (21-35-11) was eliminated from contention with a 4-1 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. The Flyers can finish no higher than fifth in the Metropolitan Division. The top three teams from the Metropolitan and Atlantic Division, and … Read more

Giroux, Chiarot trades send message Panthers ‘all in’ for Stanley Cup

Claude Giroux picked the Florida Panthers to chase the Stanley Cup. Let that sink in for a moment and think about what it means to the Panthers as an organization. The Panthers have not won a round in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 1995-96, when they made the Stanley Cup Final in their third NHL … Read more

Max Scherzer floats ‘ghost win’ playoff proposal with MLB labor talks set to resume Sunday

NEW YORK — Max Scherzer favors a radical reworking of the playoffs, one that would have the higher seed in the first round of a 14-team postseason start off a best-of-five series with a 1-0 lead. Major League Baseball and locked-out players, who resume talks Sunday, both would expand the postseason from 10 teams — … Read more