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MacKinnon versus Hellebuyck highlight first-ever playoff meeting between Avalanche and Jets

Apr. 20, 2024 17:12 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — For the first time, Colorado and Winnipeg will clash in a playoff series. Still, the Central Division rivals know each other well. It’s a meeting of possible award winners, with super-fast Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon in the running for the...

Canucks know the Preds in the NHL playoffs not who they swept during season

Apr. 20, 2024 10:54 AM EDT

Vancouver swept its three-game season series against Nashville. That doesn't count for very much going into their playoff matchup. The Canucks know all too well the NHL playoffs means a clean slate, especially with how well the Predators finished the regular season. ...

New NHL team marks coming-of-age moment for Salt Lake City as a pro sports hub

Apr. 20, 2024 00:13 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — To casual sports fans and people outside northern Utah, it may look like an NHL team fell into Salt Lake City’s lap in the span of two weeks. But local organizers say the Arizona Coyotes ' relocation to Utah is the product of a yearslong effort to beckon...

WNBA moving date of its preseason game in Canada to avoid potential conflict with NHL playoffs

Apr. 19, 2024 18:57 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The WNBA is moving its preseason game in Canada between the Los Angeles Sparks and Seattle Storm to May 4. The game was originally scheduled for May 5 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, but the NHL’s Oilers could potentially be hosting a Game 7 of their...

Canucks' Rick Tocchet among new coaches making an impact in leading teams to NHL playoffs

Apr. 19, 2024 17:25 PM EDT

Rick Tocchet barely had a chance to get accustomed to the Pacific time zone when the newly hired Canucks coach wondered what exactly he had just gotten himself into in late January 2023. Four days and two games into his tenure, Tocchet recalled the feeling of dread he experienced...

At playoff time, NHL teams march to the beat of their goaltenders and count on them to save the day

Apr. 19, 2024 15:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado goaltender Alexandar Georgiev went home after a recent shaky outing and immediately watched film — the car-racing thriller “The Fast and the Furious.” Anything to keep his own mind from racing. It's playoff time, where teams march to the...

Who will win the NHL's top awards this season? Here are AP's predictions

Apr. 19, 2024 13:14 PM EDT

Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon, Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov, Edmonton's Connor McDavid and Toronto's Auston Matthews are all in the running to win the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP. MacKinnon has carried the top-heavy Avalanche into the playoffs, Kucherov has played a role in half the...

NHL PLAYOFFS: 'It's wide open' is the theme as the race to the Stanley Cup begins

Apr. 19, 2024 13:05 PM EDT

General manager Don Waddell likes how his Carolina Hurricanes finished the season, winning 16 of their final 21 games. He knows it means nothing now. “Your points get erased and you all start with zeroes,” Waddell said. “Playoffs are a different time. That’s what’s great...

NHL team moving from Arizona to Salt Lake City will have a name starting with Utah

Apr. 19, 2024 12:52 PM EDT

The NHL team moving from Arizona to Salt Lake City will be known as Utah, at least initially, until a long-term name is determined. “We’ll start with Utah on the jersey and we’ll figure out the logo and everything else and what it is that we are,” new owner Ryan Smith told...

Flames beat NHL-worst Sharks 5-1 in the season finale for the non-playoff teams

Apr. 19, 2024 02:00 AM EDT

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Blake Coleman scored his 30th goal and MacKenzie Weegar netted his 20th as the Calgary Flames beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 on Thursday night in the season-ending game for both teams. Weegar had never had more than eight goals in a season. The jump to 20 tied...