by The Canadian Press - April 14, 2014 6:20 PM EDT
Here's a look at 10 things to watch when the NHL playoffs begin Wednesday with a new format, some stars returning from injuries and renewed rivalries:NEW LOOK: Forget what you knew about how teams matched up in the playoffs.
by The Canadian Press - April 14, 2014 6:19 PM EDT
ANAHEIM, Calif. - A mere three weeks ago, Jonas Hiller was gearing up for the playoffs during another strong season as the Anaheim Ducks' starting goalie.
by The Canadian Press - April 14, 2014 6:18 PM EDT
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators took full responsibility Monday for their disappointing season and they know some significant changes could soon be made for failing to make the playoffs.
by The Canadian Press - April 14, 2014 6:10 PM EDT
WINNIPEG - The shorter travel times were great but moving to a new, more competitive Central Division in the NHL this season didn't help the Winnipeg Jets' playoff hopes.
by The Canadian Press - April 14, 2014 5:51 PM EDT
CALGARY - Calgary Flames interim general manager Brian Burke defended his head coach Monday and said Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella "oughta keep his mouth shut.
by The Canadian Press - April 14, 2014 5:49 PM EDT
BROSSARD, Que. - The Montreal Canadiens didn't sign unrestricted free agent Daniel Briere last summer so he could dazzle in the regular season.
by The Canadian Press - April 14, 2014 5:45 PM EDT
CHICAGO - Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane had time to heal. Now, they're ready to launch a title defence.The Chicago Blackhawks have their stars back and their sights set on a second straight Stanley Cup as they head into the playoffs with a first-round matchup against the St.
by The Canadian Press - April 14, 2014 5:22 PM EDT
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The rivalry between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks has grown so intense in recent years that even newcomers take little time to acclimate themselves to the animosity.
by The Canadian Press - April 14, 2014 5:20 PM EDT
TORONTO - Over the past couple of weeks, the Toronto Maple Leafs have perfected the deer-in-the-headlights look.Ever since losing their eighth game in a row to all but end the playoff dream, there have been plenty of questions about how a once-promising season fell apart.
by The Canadian Press - April 14, 2014 5:14 PM EDT
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Anticipation and expectations rose from the desert at the start of the 2013-14 NHL season.The Phoenix Coyotes had owners for the first time in four years.
by The Canadian Press - April 14, 2014 5:04 PM EDT
BOSTON - The Boston Bruins had the NHL's best record, allowed the second fewest goals and scored the third most.They have four strong lines, three solid defensive pairings and one of the best goalies.
by The Canadian Press - April 14, 2014 4:54 PM EDT
ARLINGTON, Va. - Explaining early playoff exits became an annual, awkward task for Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. This season, for the first time since 2007, they didn't even make the post-season, so now there's something new: real uncertainty.
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