Stanley Cup playoffs preview: Aligned for success

| |Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

One season under the NHL's realigned conference setup probably was enough for Eastern teams to veto future additions from the West.

Penguins aren't favored to win the East for a change

| |Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

Like the robins returning and baseball opening its season, a sure sign of spring in recent years has been a preponderance of predictions that the Penguins would win the Stanley Cup.

Series guide to Stanley Cup playoffs

| |Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

Lace 'em up and buckle up, NHL playoff season is here.

Decision expected on Flyers' Mason on Wednesday

| |Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

There is intrigue surrounding whether Flyers goalie Steve Mason will play in Thursday's playoff opener against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Panthers jump Sabres to win NHL draft lottery

| |Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

NHL draft lottery losers last year, the Florida Panthers had their number come up this year.

Panthers win top pick in 2014 NHL Draft

| |Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

New York, NY (Sports Network) - The Florida Panthers will have the top overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, after winning the league's lottery which was held on Tuesday.

NHL playoff preview capsules

| |Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

A capsule look at the first round of the NHL playoffs:

Blues receive some good news on injury front

| |Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said on Tuesday that he expects all of his currently injured players to return to action by the end of the first round of the playoffs.

Mike Sielski: It's Mason's time to step up

| |Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

Steve Mason always promised to be something of a mystery for the Flyers in these playoffs anyway, only there are more questions now. He spent 15 minutes on the ice during Tuesday's practice, sent out a cryptic text message to the media about the cryptic upper-body injury he'd sustained on Saturday, and neither coach Craig Berube nor general manager Paul Holmgren offered anything more than murk when asked whether Mason would be healthy enough to start Thursday night against the Rangers.

Wild expect to put Granlund back in lineup vs. Avs

|Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2014

Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund likely will return to action for the playoffs, after a hit to the head kept him out for the last six games of the regular season.