April 14, 2014

A new look, banged-up stars and renewed rivalries among 10 things to watch in the NHL playoffs

A new look, banged-up stars and renewed rivalries among 10 things to watch in the NHL playoffs

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.


Anaheim Ducks have 3 goalies heading into playoffs, but Jonas Hiller appears to be last resort

Anaheim Ducks have 3 goalies heading into playoffs, but Jonas Hiller appears to be last resort

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.


Ottawa Senators expect changes next season after disappointing year

Ottawa Senators expect changes next season after disappointing year

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.


Central Division proves tough but Winnipeg Jets still showed improvement

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.


Flames' Brian Burke says Vancouver's Tortorella should "keep his mouth shut"

Flames' Brian Burke says Vancouver's Tortorella should

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.


Canadiens look to Briere to step up in playoffs after low-key regular season

Canadiens look to Briere to step up in playoffs after low-key regular season

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.


Blackhawks ready for title defence with Toews, Kane back from injuries

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.


Animosity level should be high when Kings, Sharks meet for 3rd time in last 4 postseasons

Animosity level should be high when Kings, Sharks meet for 3rd time in last 4 postseasons

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.


Leafs know changes are coming following disappointing end to season

Leafs know changes are coming following disappointing end to season

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.


Promising start ends with a thud for Coyotes in first season with new owners

Promising start ends with a thud for Coyotes in first season with new owners

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.


After ending season with NHL's best record, Bruins prepare for first round against Red Wings

After ending season with NHL's best record, Bruins prepare for first round against Red Wings

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.


'Middle of nowhere': Ovechkin's Capitals do not make any moves 1st day after missing playoffs

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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