NHL playoff predictions 2022: Second-round winners, Stanley Cup champion, MVP and more

The second round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs is here, with the Tampa Bay Lightning – Florida Panthers and St. Louis Blues – Colorado Avalanche series opening Tuesday, and the New York Rangers – Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers – Calgary Flames series opening Wednesday. What do we expect to happen when the games … Read more

2022 Stanley Cup playoffs – X factors, predictions for Bruins-Hurricanes, Lightning-Maple Leafs, Kings-Oilers

While the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs has included a few too many blowouts for our liking, it has also provided at least three Game 7s, the ultimate “tension convention.” According to ESPN Stats & Information, Saturday will be the first time since Apr. 30, 2014, that there will be three Game … Read more

3 Keys: Maple Leafs at Lightning, Game 6 of Eastern First Round

(2A) Maple Leafs at (3A) Lightning 7:30 pm ET; TBS, CBC, SN, TVAS, BSSUN Maple Leafs lead best-of-7 series 3-2 The Tampa Bay Lightning seek to avoid elimination from the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena on Thursday. The … Read more

Will Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas finally break through after four years of heartbreak?

I checked in on the “Trending” channel on social media after the first period of Game 5. The Maple Leafs were in the midst of what looked like another inglorious meltdown, getting stomped by the Tampa Bay Lightning and fortunately escaping the first 20 minutes down only 2-0 despite being outshot 14-4. The mood in … Read more

LeBrun: The Maple Leafs delivered the pivotal playoff performance fans have been waiting for

TORONTO – The roar of the crowd brought you back to Maple Leaf Gardens. To Doug Gilmour working his magic. To Wendel Clark leaving every ounce on the ice. It felt like that kind of playoff night. The sound of Scotiabank Arena after Auston Matthews’ go-ahead goal and the delirious exhale at the buzzer was … Read more

Auston Matthews caps rally with ‘pretty special’ goal as Toronto Maple Leafs regain series lead

Auston Matthews knows when to seize a moment. The Maple Leafs’ star forward, and the NHL’s leading goal scorer in the regular season, hadn’t scored since Game 1 of Toronto’s first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against Tampa Bay. When Matthews lit the lamp again, it was to tally the game-winner in Tuesday’s Game 5, capping … Read more

NHL picks, bets today: Latest lines for Canes at Bruins, Leafs at Lightning and more

Home ice shifts in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Friday with four Game 3s on the slate. The Carolina Hurricanes look to take a 3-0 series lead when they travel to Boston to take the Bruins. The other three series are tied at 1-1 after the losing teams on Monday each scored a decisive … Read more

Unexpected hub: Buffalo airport plays key role in pro sports transportation | Local News

It sounds like a sports fantasy: a chance to see the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Maple Leafs in Buffalo on the same day. But the occasion had little to do with sports. The Yankees and Blue Jays followed Toronto’s 2-1 win in Major League Baseball by busing to Buffalo Niagara International … Read more

NHL playoff watch standings update

7:00 AM ET Tim KavanaghESPN.com Close Tim Kavanagh is a senior NHL editor for ESPN. He’s a native of upstate New York. Connor McDavid and Nathan MacKinnon are two of the best hockey players in the world. Neither has come close to winning the Stanley Cup yet, but if things break a certain way this … Read more