Follow live: Wild, Senators trade first-period goals
Minnesota hasn't been at its best in March. But the Wild can close out the month with a quality win when they host the Senators.
Playoff matchups we'd love to see
Jumbo Joe facing McDavid. Crosby vs. Bobrovsky. Matthews clashing with Karlsson. The playoff field isn't set, but we're still imagining some dandy first-round battles between big-name players.
Jordie Benn takes center stage, with brother's blessing
As the once-inseparable Benn brothers faced off for the first time, new Canadien and older brother Jordie stepped out of his sibling's shadow and into the playoff crucible in hockey-mad Montreal.
Anatomy of a surprise playoff team
There are five characteristics of teams that make surprisingly long runs in the NHL playoffs, and three teams this season fit the bill.
Blackhawks send message to Penguins
There's no denying that the Chicago Blackhawks dominated the Pittsburgh Penguins in two games this season. But what does it all mean? Our writers offer up their expert take.
Panarin, Panik jump-start Blackhawks over Penguins.
The Blackhawks blitz the Penguins early, posting four goals in the first period, including Patrick Kane's no-look pass to Artemi Panarin.
Marchand's updated approach paying off
The amazing offensive season put in by Boston Bruins star Brad Marchand can be chalked up to hard work, renewed determination, a new contract -- and a little help from Sidney Crosby?
Filip Forsberg: Nashville's new star
The Predators are playoff-bound for the third straight season, thanks largely to prolific forward Filip Forsberg. But the self-effacing Swede credits his linemates and Nashville's friendly fans.
Eric Staal savoring his second act
Some thought Eric Staal was past his prime after a disappointing 2015-16 season. So reigniting his career -- and the Wild offense -- in Minnesota has been extra sweet for the veteran center.
Wings missed Datsyuk, Babcock as streak ended
The end of Detroit's 25-year playoff streak isn't due to any single factor, but the departures of Pavel Datsyuk and Mike Babcock -- and too much success to this point -- sure didn't help the Red Wings.
Red Wings' streak of prosperity reaches its end
The Red Wings' run of 25 straight playoff appearances has concluded. In just about any context, it's a highly impressive shot.
Goaltending issues, Canes GM Francis, struggling Sharks
Scott Burnside and Craig Custance weigh in on the Lightning's chances at making the postseason, the downward spiral of the Sharks and goal tending issues around the league. Plus, Hurricanes GM Ron Francis joins the show.
Who might the Golden Knights draft?
We won't know the Vegas Golden Knights' inaugural roster until June 21. We can't wait, though, so our writers held their own expansion draft, selecting from a pool of the best players available.
Here are the first-round playoff matchups, based on today's standings.
The Stanley Cup playoffs start in two weeks. But who would be the favorite to win it all if they started today? Our writers were practically unanimous in their decision -- despite misgivings.