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Nashville @ San Jose 9:00 PM ET, NBCSN, SN & TVAS
Winner will face the St. Louis Blues on Sunday at 8:00pm ET in game 1 of the WCF.
I am going with what some will consider an upset, Pekka Rinne 'stands on his head' and the Predators win 3-1.
TORONTO (May 12, 2016) This is going to be good. Tomorrow, four teams will be just eight wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup - and Sportsnet is ready to roll with blanket coverage of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals featuring the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final, and the St. Louis Blues vs. either the Nashville Predators or the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final.
via Lisa Dillman tweets,
Another Darryl Sutter update. Hearing he has agreed to terms with the Kings
Expect an official announcement as early as tomorrow.
Money per yr is more than Todd M in Edmonton
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
The San Jose Sharks know outsiders will be judging them leading up to Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round series against the Nashville Predators at SAP Center on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).
The narrative will be about past failures, including their most recent Game 7, a fourth straight loss to the Los Angeles Kings that sent San Jose out of the playoffs in the first round in 2014.
Veteran forward Joe Thornton, often a central figure in those stories, doesn't care about the past. At 36, Thornton, knows the opportunities to play in these games are dwindling.
And so may the chances for this group of veteran Sharks to win.
San Jose has never made it to the Stanley Cup Final. The Sharks reached the Western Conference Final in 2010 and 2011, but lost to Chicago and Vancouver, respectively.
They have since lost in the first round to the St. Louis Blues in 2012 and then had back-to-back Game 7 losses to the Kings, the first coming in the second round in 2013.
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
He did not sound like a man who was contemplating other NHL options or even planning to raise cattle full time.
Kings Coach Darryl Sutter was direct about his future with the organization in an interview Thursday morning with The Times. The Kings have made a contract offer to their two-time Stanley Cup winning coach, and Sutter indicated his intention was to be behind the bench in Los Angeles this fall.
“I’m under contract until July 1,” he said. “I have no desire to go anywhere else or do any of that. We’ll get it worked out. That’s my plan.”
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Garth Snow offered few specifics on how he plans to improve the Islanders this offseason but said he’ll “leave no stone unturned” in trying to get the team to be a Stanley Cup contender.
“I obviously have the same mentality going into this offseason in the 10 years I’ve been here,” Snow said on a conference call Thursday. “We’re looking to take the next step. We’re coming off another 100-point season, but for us it’s not good enough. We’re looking to get better like every team in the league.”///
Snow got some good news on Tuesday when Travis Hamonic rescinded his trade request from before the 2015-16 season began, but the general manager still has to wrangle with the pending free agency of Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin, three of the longest-tenured Islanders.
“That’s the challenge for us,” Snow said. “We need to devise a way to keep all three. Whether that can happen, I can’t answer that right now. We want to maintain the positive strides we’ve made in the recent past and take that step to the next level.”
via the NHL PR department,
SHOWTIME Sports has released the first-look video highlight for the real-time, behind-the-scenes documentary series ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup. Enter the Pittsburgh Penguins® dressing room for an intimate look before and after an intense Game 4 of the Second Round series versus the Washington Capitals® in Pittsburgh.
The docu-series is the first of its kind to nationally televise the championship of a major North American sport as it unfolds. Premiering Friday, May 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME, weekly episodes chronicle the Eastern and Western Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final as the top-four NHL® teams battle for the chance to hoist the trophy that many call the hardest to win in all of sports, the Stanley Cup®.
ALL ACCESS: Quest For The Stanley Cup is produced by 53-time Sports Emmy® Award winning producer Ross Greenburg, who pioneered the sports documentary series genre.
Watch a clip of the documentary below...
(Newark, NJ)- New Jersey Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero provided the following updates on forward Patrik Elias and goaltender Cory Schneider:
“On Wednesday, Patrik Elias underwent successful surgery on his right knee. The procedure was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City by Dr. Riley Williams. We will continue to monitor Patrik’s rehabilitation and progress.
“On Tuesday, Cory Schneider underwent successful surgery to repair a core muscle injury. The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia. His expected recovery time is approximately six weeks.”
from Travis Yost of TSN,
Their top-end talent was always good enough to get the team into the playoffs. Beyond that, there were always question marks. Could the depth forward groups - beaten up against weaker competition all season long - ever hold up against the other powers of the Eastern Conference? Time and time again, the answer was no.
That changed considerably this season under first-year head coach Mike Sullivan. He embraced the individual talents assembled by the front office and found creative ways to put the pieces together.
That’s a point worth focusing on, especially with Pittsburgh now having disposed of both New York and Washington. There’s a tendency in the hockey media to bestow all of the glory and affection on the marquee players when a team piles up big victories.
But in Pittsburgh, the sea of change is really being driven by what’s behind Crosby. He’s always gotten the better of his opponents. Now, his teammates are doing the same.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced that Albany Devils defenseman Dan Kelly has been suspended for ten (10) games as a consequence of a match penalty for an illegal check to the head of an opponent in a playoff game vs. Toronto on May 10.
Kelly will miss Albany’s next 10 games, beginning with Game 5 of the North Division Finals vs. Toronto tonight (May 12). If Albany is eliminated before the suspension can be served to completion this postseason, remaining games would carry over to the next time Kelly is active on an AHL club roster.
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