NHL power rankings: Prepare for Game 7s, our first real ties — plus birds

In the opening round of the playoffs, a lot can change in a week. The balance of power stays pretty consistent over the course of a full season — we know who the good and bad teams are — but that shifts quickly in a single series, especially as some teams get eliminated or are … Read more

2022 Stanley Cup playoffs – X factors, predictions for Bruins-Hurricanes, Lightning-Maple Leafs, Kings-Oilers

While the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs has included a few too many blowouts for our liking, it has also provided at least three Game 7s, the ultimate “tension convention.” According to ESPN Stats & Information, Saturday will be the first time since Apr. 30, 2014, that there will be three Game … Read more

Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour contends goalie was interfered with on 2nd-period goal

Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said the Boston Bruins were handed a goal by the officials when his goalie interference challenge failed to overturn a second-period tally from forward Jake DeBrusk. “They’re too good a team to just give them goals. We have no chance if that happens,” said Brind’Amour after Sunday’s Game 4 at … Read more

NHL off-ice official injured during Game 3 of series between Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes

An off-ice official was injured during Game 3 of the first-round Stanley Cup playoff series in Boston on Friday when a panel of glass fell on him. The Bruins were leading the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, in the second period when fans began repeatedly banging on the glass until it dislodged to land on the penalty-box … Read more

NHL picks, bets today: Latest lines for Canes at Bruins, Leafs at Lightning and more

Home ice shifts in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Friday with four Game 3s on the slate. The Carolina Hurricanes look to take a 3-0 series lead when they travel to Boston to take the Bruins. The other three series are tied at 1-1 after the losing teams on Monday each scored a decisive … Read more

Tempers flare as Carolina Hurricanes blister Boston Bruins in chippy Game 2 win; Antti Raanta hurt in collision

Carolina and Boston ratcheted up the intensity in Game 2 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series on Wednesday. And it led to both sides suffering a key loss as Hurricanes’ goalie Antti Raanta and Bruins’ defender Hampus Lindholm left the game with injuries. It was Carolina that prevailed on the scoreboard though, beating the … Read more

Boston Bruins ‘not going to put anything’ on goaltender Linus Ullmark after shaky playoff debut

The Boston Bruins were routed in Game 1 of their first-round series against the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1, but coach Bruce Cassidy wasn’t about to pin that on Linus Ullmark. “I am not faulting our goaltender for this,” Cassidy said Monday night. “We had some opportunities we needed to finish. Like they did.” That said, Cassidy … Read more

The lapsed fan’s guide to the 2022 NHL playoffs

As a service to fans who have a general interest in the National Hockey League but have no idea what’s happened since the Tampa Bay Lightning raised the Cup for the second straight postseason, we’re happy to provide this FAQ as a guide to the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs. And for you die-hard puckheads, here … Read more