Rod Brind’Amour, Carolina’s coach, and Joe Sakic, Colorado’s general manager, have guided their teams to the postseason. Others haven’t been so successful in their post-playing roles.
Fans have returned to Nassau Coliseum to cheer on the Islanders in the postseason, in the arena’s last year. The team can clinch its first series win in the venue since 1993 on Wednesday.
The Original Six teams and their fan bases clash annually, but the franchises will play their first postseason series since 1979 this week.
The playoffs open on Saturday with Game 1 between the Capitals and Bruins, one of the eight first-round matchups. Things look a little different this year.
The Oilers star had four points against the Canucks to reach one of the N.H.L.’s most meaningful milestones, but he is focused most on the playoffs.
When the Rangers and the Capitals dropped their gloves to settle a score, the old-school spectacle was greeted with disgust, nostalgia and excitement.
The president, John Davidson, was in only his second season in the role. The team was eliminated from playoff contention this week.
With 93 points and five games left, the Edmonton Oilers star is piling up goals and assists at a pace not seen since the days of Gretzky and Lemieux.
A franchise that had faltered after showing early promise is in a tight playoff race, and has committed to growing youth hockey in an untraditional market for the sport
Turner Sports will broadcast half of each year’s playoffs and three Stanley Cup finals, and plans to bring games to the HBO Max streaming service.
At least 16 players and a coach are on the N.H.L.’s Covid-19 protocol list, and the team has postponed four games because of the virus.
The league’s recent agreement with ESPN grants the network media rights in Latin America, and some teams already regularly broadcast games on the radio in Spanish.
Even the top team in the N.H.L. can benefit from the unabashed adoration of a pop superstar, with the league having much to gain.
The agreement assures hockey a higher profile on SportsCenter and gives ESPN the perfect sport for its streaming ambitions
The last time an Olympic teammate saw the often-troubled former hockey star, Pavelich seemed optimistic. Four days later he was dead. Now his sister wants to know if C.T.E. contributed to his difficulties and his death.
Walter Gretzky coached a young Wayne, who ended up setting N.H.L. scoring records that will never be matched, and became a role model for hockey parents.
Edmonton’s Connor McDavid leads the N.H.L. in points, and Toronto’s Auston Matthews has the most goals. The two will play three consecutive games against each other starting Saturday.
Artemi Panarin denies the allegations made by a former K.H.L. coach. The team says their top scorer has been targeted for criticizing Vladimir Putin.
After several players and officials stumbled on soft ice in the first period, an N.H.L. game that started on Saturday afternoon was delayed, ending after midnight Eastern time.
The pandemic pushed the N.H.L. toward a scenic site instead of a football or baseball field for its outdoor game. It’s so pretty in Tahoe they’ll play two.
The league’s stars got off to strong starts in January, but the coronavirus has caused postponements throughout the season, sidelining three teams this week.
The success of the Buccaneers, Lightning and Rays — pro sports punch lines turned finals contestants — is a run that rivals past glory years in Boston, New York or Los Angeles.
The Rangers lost in the play-in round, while the Islanders reached their first conference finals since the early 1990s. Both teams have reason for excitement as they open the 2021 against each other.
Tampa Bay will try to defend its title without one of its stars, and the Seattle expansion draft after the season will affect teams’ personnel decisions.
The N.H.L.’s new North Division will feature the Original Six rivalry between Toronto and Montreal and the Battle of Alberta. But it’ll also require cross-country trips.
A weekly chat based in Toronto has provided a respite from isolation, connecting viewers with guests like Scotty Bowman.
All of the Canadian teams will be in the same division, as they were in the late 1920s and most of the 1930s. And as during World War II, external circumstances will affect roster sizes.
Toews, 32, the team captain, did not say what his condition was but said that it had left him “drained and lethargic.”
He played only 11 games in hockey’s top league, but he inspired generations of athletes from Canada’s First Nations. He died after suffering complications of the coronavirus.
As coronavirus cases surge, the N.B.A. approves a shortened schedule, the N.H.L. considers realignment and the N.F.L. prepares for the possibility of an expanded postseason.
The Arizona Coyotes knew that the player, Mitchell Miller, had been convicted of violating the Ohio Safe Schools Act after he and another teenager abused a Black schoolmate with a developmental disability.
Aggressive coronavirus testing made the restart of professional sports possible, but the financial pain of empty arenas lingers and plans for next year are up in the air.
The Lightning have held a parade and a stadium celebration, albeit with limited capacity. But each player getting a day with the trophy, a rite since 1995, is uncertain.
A promotional video posted by the N.H.L. that glorified pain showed a disturbing embrace of violence by the league. The post has since been deleted.
Corey Perry’s goal gave Dallas a 3-2 victory and stopped Tampa Bay from clinching its second Stanley Cup.
Kevin Shattenkirk scored on the power play in overtime to give Tampa Bay a 5-4 win and a lead of three games to one over Dallas.
Broadcasters did interviews from high above the ice instead of rinkside. A popular cafe in Edmonton tailored its menu to athletes. And most players have gone weeks without seeing their families.
The Tampa Bay captain played less than three minutes, but scored in a 5-2 win over Dallas in Game 3.
The Stars have made a habit of coming from behind, while the Lightning have played only one six-game series.
Black Girl Hockey Club started as a group formed to help Black women feel more comfortable attending games, but has gotten the ear of executives who want to make the sport more inclusive.
As happened in 1993, the timely help of role players lifted the franchise to the conference finals. But behind in the series, 2-0, to Tampa Bay, these Islanders risk suffering the same fate.
The top-seeded Philadelphia Flyers won their third game of the series after regulation, this time in double overtime, to fend off elimination.
Home-ice advantage is gone and fans are locked out, but the games in Toronto and Edmonton still feel like playoff hockey.
Fans have long been prized by leagues for their big spending on tickets and overpriced beer. Now, amid the pandemic, spectators deserve appreciation for making sports entertaining.
N.H.L. teams’ raucous home arena traditions have persisted, with tweaks, in the postseason hub cities.
Fighting has made a comeback, rest is more important than ever and players are hiding injuries from opponents staying in the same hotel. “It’s been nasty from the beginning,” said one TV analyst.
To a degree not seen before, players are kneeling for the United States national anthem and speaking out publicly on fighting racism, with backing from the National Hockey League.
The top seeds in the Western and Eastern play-in tournaments were eliminated, and the No. 1 teams in the round robin slid to fourth as the first round is set to begin Tuesday.
The N.H.L. chose the small-market, hockey-mad city as one of two “hub cities” — along with Toronto — to host its playoffs.
The N.H.L., Champions League, U.S. Open Tennis and Tour de France are all slated to return this month … virus pending.