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Turnabout for Stars, Blues complete with 2nd-round showdown

DALLAS (AP) — When first-year Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery called out his team over a “culture of mediocrity” in January, the St. Louis Blues weren’t too far removed from having the worst record in the NHL. Now the Central Division rivals will meet in the second round of the playoffs — and Montgomery is […]
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Capitals Can Count Out Canes & Predators Need to Survive Stars

Braden Holtby isn’t one for grand pronouncements, so when he was asked if a blowout of the Carolina Hurricanes sent a statement, he put the spotlight inside the Washington Capitals’ locker room. “To ourselves, I think,” Holtby said, “to show that when we play that way we’re going to be real tough to beat.” Related: Capitals Play With More Urgency The Capitals look as if they’ve found the swagger that led them to winning the Stanley Cup last year and can eliminate the Hurricanes in Game ...
Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals, 2019 NHL Playoffs


‘No Easy Shifts’ as First-Round Series Get Tight & Nasty

It wasn’t long after celebrating Craig Smith’s overtime goal that P.K. Subban zeroed in on the cold reality of Nashville’s playoff series against Dallas. “There are no easy shifts out there, no easy games and no easy plays,” he said. “It’s hand-to-hand combat out there.” Subban and the Central Division-winning Predators needed to work overtime just to even things with the Stars at a game apiece, and the Colorado Avalanche got a sudden-death goal from Nathan MacKinnon to tie up their series...
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‘No easy shifts’ as first-round series get tight and nasty

It wasn’t long after celebrating Craig Smith’s overtime goal that P.K. Subban zeroed in on the cold reality of Nashville’s playoff series against Dallas. “There are no easy shifts out there, no easy games and no easy plays,” he said. “It’s hand-to-hand combat out there.” Subban and the Central Division-winning Predators needed to work overtime […]
Tags: News, Sports, Nashville, Hockey, Central Division, Subban, K Subban, Craig Smith


The Latest On The Grand Rapids Griffins

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Despite dropping a 4-1 decision to the Manitoba Moose on Friday at Van Andel Arena, the Grand Rapids Griffins still control their own destiny for clinching both a playoff spot and home-ice advantage in the Central Division Semifinals, heading into Saturday’s regular season finale at Milwaukee. With the Griffins’ magic number stuck on one point over the trio of Iowa, Milwaukee and Manitoba, there are five AHL results this weekend that would each secure Grand Rapids’ seven...
Tags: Milwaukee, Toronto, Sport, Chicago, Iowa, AHL, Manitoba, Central Division, Rockford, Peoria, Manitoba Moose, Grand Rapids Griffins, Griffins, Milwaukee In, Van Andel Arena the Grand Rapids Griffins, Iowa Milwaukee


Blues, Bozak & Binnington Beat Jets in Game 1

WINNIPEG — Tyler Bozak scored with 2:05 left in the third period to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday in Game 1 of their Western Conference opening-round playoff series. Blues forward Pat Maroon sent a backhand pass from behind the net out to Bozak in the slot, whose quick shot went by Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck. “I had a lot of chances tonight so I knew the puck was kind of following me around a bit,” said Bozak. “It’s always fun when that h...
Tags: Sport, Blues, Jets, Hockey, St Louis, Vegas, Central Division, Patrik Laine, Winnipeg, Vladimir Tarasenko, David Perron, St Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets, Western Conference, Binnington, Jordan Binnington


Stars Down Predators for 1-0 Series Lead – Heiskanen Tallies 2

NASHVILLE — Rookie Miro Heiskanen scored two goals in his first post-season game, and the Dallas Stars beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference series. Heiskanen became the eighth rookie teenage defenceman in NHL history to score a goal in their first career playoff game and the first since Adam Larsson with New Jersey on May 1, 2012, against Philadelphia, according to NHL Stats. He also became the third-youngest with a multi-goal g...
Tags: Sport, Stars, West, New Jersey, Dallas, Nashville, Philadelphia, Hockey, NHL, Bishop, Dallas Stars, Central Division, Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena, Brian Boyle, Ben Bishop


Maroon believes grandfather with him in Blues 2-1 win over Jets in Game 1

WINNIPEG — Pat Maroon figures his grandfather was watching him from heaven when set up Tyler Bozak's winning goal in the St. Louis Blues' 2-1 playoff victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday.Maroon battled for the puck in the corner and then sent a backhand pass from behind the net out to Bozak in the high slot, whose quick shot went by Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck with 2:05 left in the third period."He was watching above so obviously that was for him," Maroon said of his 95-ye...
Tags: Florida, News, Blues, Jets, St Louis, Vegas, Maroon, Central Division, Patrik Laine, Winnipeg, Vladimir Tarasenko, David Perron, St Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets, Western Conference, Binnington


Stars vs Predators: A Rivalry in the Making

NASHVILLE — The NHL could not have planned this any better. The Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars are due to meet in the next Winter Classic but first the two Central Division foes have a chance to build up their rivalry starting Wednesday night in the first post-season series between them. “It’s probably really good promotion for NBC for next year to get this rivalry going,” Predators general manager David Poile said. Nashville won the season series 3-2, and Stars forward Tyler Segu...
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A Stars Fan Guide to the Predators

The 2019 NHL Playoffs start tonight, and one of the most interesting series of the first round will be the Dallas Stars versus the Nashville Predators. And although the Predators and Stars are familiar with each other, this article is written with you, the Stars fan, in mind. It’s to serve as an introduction to the 2018-19 Predators. Related: How do the Predators and Stars Stack Up? That way, during the game, you don’t have to look up player numbers, but can focus on the on-ice action. Con...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Gm, Nashville, Watson, Hockey, NHL, Smith, Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Central Division, Nashville Predators, Wayne Simmonds, Brian Boyle, Roman Josi, Josi


How Do the Predators Stack up to the Stars?

Tonight the Nashville Predators take on the Dallas Stars in the first round of the 2019 Playoffs. As the winner of the Central Division, the Predators have home-ice advantage, while the Stars are the Western Conference’s first wild card team. How do the two teams stack up, and what will be the keys to a Predators series win? Let’s dig into it. 2018-19 Predators and Stars Stats The Predators won the Central Division with a 47-29-6 record and 100 points. They won the division by on...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Stars, Dallas, Nashville, Hockey, Bishop, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, Dallas Stars, Central Division, Nashville Predators, Tyler Seguin, Ben Bishop, Roman Josi, Josi


Goalie Jordan Binnington Is the One to Watch When Blues Play the Jets

Jordan Binnington is about to get a crash course in what Connor Hellebuyck faced last season. The St. Louis Blues’ rookie goaltender will make his playoff debut against Hellebuyck and the high-powered Jets in Game 1 of their first-round series Wednesday night in Winnipeg. If Binnington can match what Hellebuyck did last year in his first taste of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Blues could continue their surprising run after going from last in the NHL in January all the way to the post-season. ...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Blues, Philadelphia, Jets, Buffalo, Hockey, NHL, St Louis, Morrissey, Chad Johnson, Central Division, Ryan O Reilly, Winnipeg, Craig Berube, Anaheim


Flames Face Uphill Battle in Tough Western Conference Playoffs

The Calgary Flames are the new players in the Western Conference playoffs, a field stacked with Stanley Cup-contending teams such as the San Jose Sharks, Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets and Vegas Golden Knights. It doesn’t appear to be safe to count any of the eight teams out. Predators general manager David Poile knows the NHL as well as anyone on the planet, with three-plus decades of experience leading teams. And he would not wager a dollar on this post-season . “I can’t see bet...
Tags: Colorado, Washington, Atlanta, Sport, Blues, Nashville, San Jose, Jets, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Sharks, Calgary, Vegas, Ottawa, Dallas Stars


Stars, Predators ready to build a rivalry in playoffs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NHL could not have planned this any better. The Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars are due to meet in the next Winter Classic but first the two Central Division foes have a chance to build up their rivalry starting Wednesday night in the first postseason series between them. “It’s probably […]
Tags: News, Sports, Nashville, NHL, Dallas Stars, Central Division, Nashville Tenn


Trading Places: Deadline Deals’ Effect on Playoff Teams

Excuse Derick Brassard for having a little difficulty finding his bearings after the veteran centre took an unorthodox cross-country route in reaching the NHL playoffs. Brassard: From Pittsburgh to Colorado Through Florida Starting the season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brassard was traded to the Florida Panthers, where he spent 10 games before landing in Colorado in time to help the Avalanche’s late-season surge to clinch the Western Conference’s eighth and final playoff berth. Brassa...
Tags: Florida, Usa, Minnesota, Colorado, Washington, Los Angeles, Sport, Gm, Dallas, Nashville, Philadelphia, Jets, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Columbus


Predators Weekly: Central Division Champs

Predators Weekly is my series on how the Nashville Predators performed the previous week. Generally published on Tuesdays, Predators Weekly isn’t simply a recap of games, but rather my takes on said games and the themes that emerged throughout the week. Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on how the team performed this week, your views on the week’s themes and any other ideas or questions you have about the team. Related: Last Week’s Predators Weekly It’s hard to believe it, bu...
Tags: Column, Usa, Sport, Nashville, Hockey, NHL, Smith, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres, Central Division, Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks, Canucks, Alex Ovechkin


St. Louis Blues – From the Cellar to the Playoffs

Dead-last in the NHL in early January, the St. Louis Blues looked like underachievers who cost their head coach his job and wouldn’t remain together for long. Then the Blues did the improbable, winning 30 of their final 45 games to become the seventh team since the expansion era began in 1967 to go from last in the league after New Year’s Day to the playoffs. But the transformation didn’t begin from rock bottom of the standings on the morning of Jan 3. St. Louis’ roller-coaster ride starte...
Tags: Florida, Sport, Gm, Blues, Hockey, NHL, St Louis, Craig, Central Division, Winnipeg, Craig Berube, Tampa Bay, Anaheim, Reilly, Vladimir Tarasenko, All Star


Punchless Wild Ponder End to 6 Year Playoff Streak

As the Minnesota Wild crawled to the end of this fruitless season, there was no more fitting way to finish. Back-to-back blanks. The consecutive shutouts by Boston and Dallas gave the Wild a total of 11 games without a goal in 2018-19, pushing them to 27th in the NHL in scoring out of 31 teams. Their 210 goals were more than 100 fewer than league leader Tampa Bay, 40 fewer than they had in 2017-18 and their lowest total in five years. “If it’s not addressed, then we have problems,” said...
Tags: Minnesota, Wild, Boston, Sport, Dallas, Nashville, Hockey, NHL, Columbus, Minnesota Wild, Central Division, Bruce Boudreau, Tampa Bay, Coyle, Luke Kunin, Ryan Suter


First Look at the First round of the NHL Playoffs

With the NHL playoffs set to begin Wednesday, The Canadian Press takes a look at all eight first-round series. Eastern Conference Atlantic Division (1) Tampa Bay Lightning versus (WC2) Columbus Blue Jackets The class of the NHL during the regular season, the Lightning tied a league record with 62 wins. Led by NHL scoring ace Nikita Kucherov, captain Steven Stamkos, star defenceman Victor Hedman and Vezina Trophy candidate Andrei Vasilevskiy in goal, the battle-tested Presidents’ ...
Tags: New York, Colorado, Washington, Boston, Toronto, Sport, Blues, Dallas, Nashville, San Jose, Jets, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, St Louis, Calgary Flames


Wild-Card Avalanche Should Be Feared in Round 1

It really doesn’t matter which team the wild-card Colorado Avalanche face in the first round, because they’ll be a threat regardless. The fact they went undefeated in regulation over their last 10 heading into Game No. 82 is undeniable proof. Avalanche the Hottest Team in NHL Not only are the Avalanche arguably the hottest team in the NHL, but many of the games they’ve won over this latest stretch are prime examples of their ability to deliver in high-pressure situations. For example, th...
Tags: Usa, Washington, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Mike Smith, Central Division, 288, Braden Holtby, Colorado Avalanche, Arizona Coyotes, St Louis Blues, Carl Soderberg, Winnipeg Jets, Semyon Varlamov


NHL Playoff picture after Thursday: Only one spot left

For the final week of the 2018-19 NHL regular season we will take an updated look at the Stanley Cup Playoff picture — what the standings look like, the potential matchups, who clinched, and set the stage for Friday's biggest games. The Avalanche clinched the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, while the teams above them in the Central Division are jockeying for positioning, with the Predators on top, at least for now. The Penguins and Hurricanes clinched spots out East, while the...
Tags: Penguins, NHL, Montreal, Central Division, East, Columbus Blue Jackets, Metropolitan Division


Blues use early 5-goal blitz to bury Flyers 7-3

Alex Pietrangelo had three assists during the Blues' five-goal first-period outburst, Alexander Steen finished with two goals and the St. Louis Blues kept their Central Division title hopes alive with a 7-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers            [Author: AP]
Tags: News, Ap, Philadelphia Flyers, Central Division, St Louis Blues, Alex Pietrangelo, Alexander Steen


Jets Looking Listless, Lifeless Down the Stretch

Since the Winnipeg Jets’ 5-0 evisceration of the Nashville Predators on March 23 — an inspired, dominant, and complete effort that clinched the team a playoff spot, got Bell MTS Place fired up, and made it appear the squad was amped up for the return of the Winnipeg Whiteout — the Jets have gone 1-4-0. What’s more alarming than that record, however, is the complete lack of desire, compete, and effort they’ve exhibited in those games. Jets’ Last 5 Have Been Lackadaisical, Lethargic Si...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Wheeler, Dallas, Nashville, Jets, Hockey, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, St Paul, TSN, Central Division, Blackhawks, Patrik Laine


Blackhawks Beat Blues on Toews’ Shootout Winner

CHICAGO — Jonathan Toews scored the lone goal in the shootout after connecting for his career-high 35th in regulation, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night. Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist to set a career high for points at 107. Cam Ward stopped 37 shots through overtime and all three Blues shooters in the tiebreaker. Tyler Bozak stuffed in a rebound with 38.9 seconds left to tie the game at 3 and send it to overtime as St. Louis rallied from a t...
Tags: Colorado, Boston, Sport, Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, Philadelphia, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, St Louis, Hall of Fame, Chicago Blackhawks, Kane, Central Division


Coyotes Weekly: Season on Life Support

After suffering a brutal home loss to the 30th-place Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday evening in Glendale, the Arizona Coyotes are on the brink of elimination from playoff contention. They’ll need a miracle over the final two games in order to qualify for the postseason. We’ll get to the specifics later, but let’s take a look back at last week’s action first: Coyotes Week in Review After a huge 1-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on home ice back on Mar. 26, the Coyotes got back to wo...
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Blues Can Still Steal First in Central Division

On Jan. 3, the St. Louis Blues were in last place in the National Hockey League, with seemingly no hope of a turnaround. Now, just four months later, there are three games left and the team has a legitimate shot at stealing first place in the Central Division in the final days of the season. There are plenty of reasons for the team’s turnaround, but for now the Blues need to focus on the future. If they do so, they can control their playoff fate going forward. The Blues’ Final Three Game...
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Predators Weekly: Arvidsson’s Big Week

Predators Weekly is my series on how the Nashville Predators performed the previous week. Generally published on Tuesdays, Predators Weekly isn’t simply a recap of games, but rather my takes on said games and the themes that emerged throughout the week. Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on how the team performed this week, your views on the week’s themes and any other ideas or questions you have about the team. Related: Last Week’s Predators Weekly The time has finally arrive...
Tags: Column, Usa, Sport, Blues, Nashville, Penguins, Buffalo, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Smith, Columbus, Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh, Central Division, Nashville Predators


Blackhawks Fall Short on West Coast Trip

For a while, the Chicago Blackhawks were looking good, and there was talk of a last-minute push for the playoffs. Heck, this was what kept things interesting these last few weeks. But it’s since become clear that the Blackhawks are who we thought they were (two points if you get this Chicago sports reference). They’re a mediocre team that’s not going to make the postseason for the second straight year. The bottom line is that the Blackhawks were always a team simply trying to sneak into the f...
Tags: Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Kings, Nashville, Hockey, NHL, Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars, Kane, Jekyll, Hyde, Central Division, Blackhawks


Manitoba Moose March in Review

On Christmas Day, the Manitoba Moose were last in the AHL with a 12-16-2-0 record. Three months later, they’re two points out of a playoff spot and fifth in the Central Division with two games in-hand on the fourth-place Texas Stars. While at Christmas, the playoffs seemed a distant dream, the Moose have shown tremendous mettle in flipping the script and putting a berth within the realm of reality. In March, the unlikely underdogs posted an 8-3-2-0 record and interjected themselves further in...
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Jets aim to reverse course against Blackhawks

If you believe how a team plays down the stretch indicates their Stanley Cup playoff success, the Winnipeg Jets are on the verge of big trouble. Going into their road clash with the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, the Jets are riding a three-game losing skid -- all regulation time losses at home. Sure, the Jets (45-29-4, 94 points) have already clinched a playoff position and are holding first place in the Central Division with four games remaining, but this is not the time to go into a swoon.
Tags: News, Jets, Chicago Blackhawks, Central Division, Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets