Predators’ Coach Trotz Rips Kostitsyn, Smith

Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz had a strong critique of two players – Craig Smith and Sergei Kostitsyn – during his Sunday press conference. “We expected production from Sergei and Craig Smith and we got none,” Trotz told


Colorado Wins NHL Draft Lottery, Will Pick First

The Colorado Avalanche have won the NHL Draft Lottery, the first in league history where all 14 participants had a shot at the No. 1 overall pick. As such, the Avs now hold the right to select first at


Kovalchuk: 2013 Was ‘Probably My Worst Season’

New Jersey Devils superstar Ilya Kovalchuk never won a single NHL playoff game until he was traded away from what was then the Atlanta Thrashers. Surely he endured some bad times in those days, but even so, the Russian


Blue Jackets Hold Serve With Red Wings

It looks like the Western Conference playoff race will be a fight to the end for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Detroit Red Wings and possibly the Minnesota Wild. While the Red Wings handled the Nashville Predators 5-2 on Thursday,


Northeast Staring Contest Continues

The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens seem like they’re in a game of “H-O-R-S-E” for the Northeast Division title. Both teams lost on Tuesday, but to mix things up, they both earned victories on Thursday. Boston beat the Tampa


Panthers Grab Highest Draft Odds

In the mixed-feelings filled world of pro sports tanking, the Florida Panthers were the big “winners” on Thursday. With a 4-0 loss to a Toronto Maple Leafs team that was on the wrong end of a back-to-back, it’s official


Red Wings Move Closer To Playoff Spot

The Detroit Red Wings put themselves in a prime position to clinch a playoff spot by beating the Nashville Predators 5-2 on Thursday. It’s not a sure thing yet, however. The Red Wings’ spot would be guaranteed tonight if


Senators Guarantee Postseason Spot In OT

For at least one night, the Ottawa Senators look like geniuses for inserting Erik Karlsson back into their lineup. They also pose a much more worrisome threat as one of the East’s eight playoff teams. The Senators punched their


Rangers Clinch Playoff Berth With OT Win

The New York Rangers clinched a 2013 playoff berth with a 4-3 OT win against the Carolina Hurricanes in a way that seems fitting: by the skin of their teeth. It probably also feels “right” that captain Ryan Callahan


Ryane Clowe Leaves Game, Won’t Return

The New York Rangers continue to struggle to clinch a playoff spot and might need to do so without a key trade deadline acquisition. Ryane Clowe was injured during Thursday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes and won’t return, according