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NEW YORK (April 14, 2014) – Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback, Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson and Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending April 13.
Odds provided by Bovada,
Odds to win the 2014 Stanley Cup
Boston Bruins 7/2
St. Louis Blues 6/1
Pittsburgh Penguins 7/1
Chicago Blackhawks 8/1
Anaheim Ducks 9/1
San Jose Sharks 9/1
Los Angeles Kings 10/1
Colorado Avalanche 14/1
Detroit Red Wings 20/1
Montreal Canadiens 20/1
New York Rangers 20/1
Philadelphia Flyers 20/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 25/1
Minnesota Wild 40/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 50/1
Dallas Stars 50/1
Nashville, Tenn. (April 14, 2014) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager announced today that Barry Trotz’s coaching contract will not be extended and that the organization will immediately begin a search to identify a new head coach for the 2014-15 season. Trotz has been offered a position within the organization’s hockey operations department and will consider his options before making a decision on the position.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
- Interesting to see how many people viewed home ice swinging from the Montreal Canadiens to the Tampa Bay Lightning as the determining factor in picking the Lightning over the Habs in seven games, instead of likely picking Montreal had it held on to home ice. There's no question the Bell Centre is an X factor when it comes to the postseason, the most electrifying rink in the NHL at this time of year. And despite Tampa winning three of four from the Habs in the regular season, I'm in the minority: I'm picking Montreal in seven games. The Habs have been playing like a contender since they got Tomas Vanek at the trade deadline.
- I've developed a reputation over the years for always picking the San Jose Sharks come playoff time (although in truth that tradition ended a few years ago), and they once again look like a bona fide contender. The Sharks draw the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, though, and it's incredible how few people are giving San Jose a chance (including me). I'm picking the Kings to win in six. What worries me the most is that San Jose goalie Antti Niemi hasn't looked sharp. The good thing for San Jose (where I'm headed for the opening round to cover that series) is that perhaps the Sharks are coming into the series under the radar and as the underdog.
- If I had to pick a Cup champion right now, I'd go with the Bruins, especially because the East should be a more navigable journey compared to the contender-deep West. Yet I'm sure Bruins fans aren't exactly overjoyed their team drew the dangerous Red Wings in the opening round, a team that beat Boston three out of four games this season. I'm still picking Boston to prevail, but the matchup proves yet again that there's no such thing as a layup in the salary-cap era. All 16 teams that made the postseason have a shot.
read on for Burnside on Martin Brodeur, Custance on Teemu Selanne and Strang on Daniel Sedin...
from Josh Cooper of the Tennessean,
The only head coach in Nashville Predators history so far will not be back next season.
Barry Trotz will not return for a 16th season with the team, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Trotz has been with the Predators since the franchise's first game in 1998, hired by general manager David Poile to steward a rag-tag group of players plucked in the expansion draft mixed with younger prospects.
The introduction of Brendan Shanahan as the Toronto Maple Leafs president is scheduled to begin at 11:00am ET.
You wan watch the stream below...
update 11:43am, press conference is over.
from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Penguins couldn't have asked for a better -- read: easier -- first-round opponent than the Columbus Blue Jackets. Game 1 is Wednesday night at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins went 5-0 against Columbus this season. The Blue Jackets will be playing without one of their top players, big forward Nathan Horton. They have had zero postseason success since joining the NHL in 2000-01. They were swept by Detroit in 2009 in their only playoff appearance.
The Penguins can't lose this series, right?
They will win in five games.
But the pressure is on the Penguins to do a lot more than just beat Columbus. They also need to win the second-round series against Philadelphia or the New York Rangers, then take their chances in the Eastern Conference final, almost certainly against the powerful Boston Bruins. Anything less will be considered a local sporting disaster.
The heat is on everybody to win, but it's especially hot on coach Dan Bylsma, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and captain Sidney Crosby.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
The Flyers-Rangers schedule is a joke, mostly because if the series goes the limit, the teams will play Games 6 and 7 on consecutive nights at different arenas. Oh, and if the series goes the distance, the last three games will be played over four nights.
But, hey, two big-market teams will be on national TV on consecutive Sundays!
What a sham.
If this series goes seven games, the winner will be worn down by the condensed schedule and will be at a severe disadvantage in the next round against the Pittsburgh-Columbus survivor.
John Tortorella is not very fond of Calgary's head coach Bob Hartley and is upset about the hit on Daniel Sedin...
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