Four teams remain with a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Final: the Carolina Hurricanes, Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks/Colorado Avalanche. How we got here in Around the NHL.
The Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes both made the playoffs in the two wildcard spots in the East and pulled off upsets of the two division winners in the first round. Now, both teams hold the lead in their respective second round series after three games.
Last week, it was already known that the President’s Trophy winners, the Tampa Bay Lightning, were eliminated, as were the Pittsburgh Penguins. Six other teams have joined, and many of them were near the top of the regular-season standings.
The Tampa Bay Lightning, a team that tied an NHL record with 62 wins in the regular season, were swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in four games. The Pittsburgh Penguins, the Stanley Cup champions in 2016 and 2017, were also swept by the New York Islanders in four games.
While the Flyers playoff hopes are hanging on by a thread, we look at other teams surrounding the playoff picture in this week’s Around the NHL.
In the past week, we saw some teams do some roster shuffling, one of the greats call it a career, and a great of a different type call a game. Let’s dive in to this week’s Around the NHL.
As the NHL reaches the halfway point of the 2018-19 season, a look at the teams that are contenders, tweeners and forgettables this season.
Patrik Laine is going off with goal scoring, still some room for fighting in hockey and another gruesome leg injury all in this week’s Around the NHL.
We’re at roughly the quarter-point of the NHL season, and the difference between contenders and pretenders is just as murky as it was before the year even started.
Som early surprises in the NHL are sticking around at the top of the standings as the calendar shifts to November. The first coaching firing took place over the weekend and Pekka Rinne had a big birthday on Saturday. All that in Around the NHL.
In this week’s Around the NHL, an NHL rookie takes a mauling, two join the 1,000-games club and looking at the Toronto Maple Leafs red-hot start.