2022 NHL Draft: What is each team’s biggest need?

Today we look at each NHL team’s biggest need going into the 2022 NHL Draft. Biggest need, in this context, does not mean the immediate need on the big club’s roster. This is not about filling needs for the 2022-23 NHL season. The purpose of this from an NHL Draft perspective is to examine a … Read more

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Brayden Point to miss fourth straight Stanley Cup Final game

TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he expects to go with the same lineup in Game 6 that he used in Game 5, meaning center Brayden Point will miss his fourth straight game of the Stanley Cup Final. Point skated with the team again ahead of Sunday night’s Game 6 in … Read more

2022 Stanley Cup Final – Can the Avs clinch on home ice? Previewing what could be a deciding Game 5

7:00 AM ET ESPN staff The 2022 Stanley Cup Final could be decided Friday night in Denver, with the Colorado Avalanche holding a 3-1 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Who needs to step up for the Lightning to force the series back to Tampa? Who is the Conn Smythe favorite? Will the Avs lift … Read more

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper questions if Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri’s OT winner should have counted

TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper held a short, tense news conference after their Stanley Cup Final Game 4 loss on Wednesday night during which he questioned the legality of Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri’s game-winning goal in overtime. Cooper rambled for a minute on his love of the NHL and his … Read more

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews collects Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award

TAMPA, Fla. – Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Auston Matthews collected the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player and the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHLPA’s most outstanding player at the NHL Awards on Tuesday night. Matthews, 24, scored 60 goals, leading the NHL for the second straight season. He set a Maple … Read more

Colorado Avalanche pull Darcy Kuemper from Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final, noncommittal on goalie’s status for Game 4 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. – The Colorado Avalanche face a critical decision in the crease after starter Darcy Kuemper was pulled from a 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night. Kuemper allowed five goals on 22 shots before getting the hook midway through the second period. … Read more

Stanley Cup 2022 – Best sights and sounds from Lightning-Avalanche Game 2

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final saw the Colorado Avalanche withstand a Tampa Bay Lightning comeback with a game-winning goal in overtime. If the rest of the series is like Game 1, we could be in for an entertaining championship round. 1 Related Wednesday was the fourth Game 1 Colorado win this postseason, the … Read more

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington admits throwing water bottle at Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri in Round 2

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington confirmed Tuesday that he threw a water bottle at Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri after Game 3 of their second-round series. On May 21, Binnington left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury that he suffered after Kadri and Blues defenseman Calle Rosen crashed the net … Read more

Avalanche of makes signs to support Kadri

DENVER – Adrienne Ruth wanted to let Nazem Kadri know she and all Colorado Avalanche fans had his back and decided to do something about it. Ruth, an Avalanche season ticket holder, painted a sign with a personal message for the forward, and printed up 300 flyers at her local Office Depot saying “Stand With … Read more

Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri embraces ‘being the villain’ with Game 4 hat trick

ST. LOUIS – Nazem Kadri stared down middle fingers. He silenced the booing crowd. He celebrated. He shoved. And, most problematically for his opponents, he scored. Quite a bit. “I think he liked being the villain tonight,” teammate Erik Johnson said after the Avalanche’s 6-3 Game 4 win against the Blues on Monday. “He certainly … Read more