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Danny Picard: Bruins now with great chance at hoisting the Stanley Cup

This is an opportunity that the Boston Bruins just have to take advantage of. With the No. 1 seed Tampa Bay Lightning being swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the No. 8 seed Columbus Blue Jackets were waiting patiently to see who their opponent would be in the second round....

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 8:53am

Do or die Bruins Maple Leafs NHL Game 7 on tap Tuesday

You’ve got to go through hell before you get to hockey heaven, which is about the only thing the fan-bases of the Bruins and Maple Leafs can agree on right about now. When the Bruins broke their 39-year Stanley Cup drought in 2011, they had to take down a pair of teams in the playoffs that had...

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 6:41pm

A letter to Islanders fans: Pantorno

Wait a moment, you're not supposed to be here.   You shouldn't be sweeping the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins with their face-of-the-league superstar in Sidney Crosby.   How can you dominate one of the NHL's darling franchises like that? In that dumpy arena called Nassau Coliseum?...

Friday, April 19, 2019 - 8:00am

Betting odds NHL Bruins Leafs Predators Stars spread line advice

MetroBet breaks down the Stanley Cup playoff action for Wednesday night.   Boston Bruins +125 at Toronto Maple Leafs -145 Moneyline: Bruins EVEN, Maple Leafs -120 Puckline: Bruins +1.5 goals (-275), Maple Leafs -1.5 goals (+230) Betting Total: 6.0 goals (Over +105, Under -...

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 5:17pm

Islanders hang on to complete sweep of Penguins

The New York Islanders have done the unthinkable.    A 3-1 come-from-behind victory on Tuesday night that once again featured goals from Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson, along with a stout defense, clinched a 4-0 series sweep over the Pittsburgh Penguins.    They're now off...

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 10:58pm

Capitals Hurricanes NHL odds spread Predators Stars advice

The best bets on the ice for Monday night as the NHL postseason continues with some pivotal Game 3s.   Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes Moneyline: Capitals +115, Hurricanes -125 Puckline: Capitals +1.5 goals (-230), Hurricanes -1.5 goals (+200) Betting Total: 6.0...

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 6:27pm

Flyers name Alain Vigneault as next head coach

The Philadelphia Flyers have hired Alain Vigneault as the 21st head coach in franchise history, the team announced on Monday afternoon. “We are extremely excited to have Alain join this franchise and lead our team behind the bench for many years to come,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said...

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 4:04pm

Islanders continue flying, take 3-0 series lead over Penguins

This isn't your normal Islanders team of the past 30 years.    Barry Trotz's men continue to defy the odds and reach new heights, a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday giving the Islanders a commanding 3-0 first-round series lead.    Shift...

Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 3:18pm

Islanders get back to basics, take rare 2-0 series lead over Penguins

To say the New York Islanders are treading upon uncharted ground might be an understatement.    They keep shocking the NHL world throughout the process.    The Islanders have defied the odds — and the preseason predictions — taking a roster that was scoffed at by the NHL...

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 9:06am

Danny Picard: Now is time for Bruins Tuukka Rask to earn his trump card

I don’t get involved in political banter. As some would say, I “stick to sports.” And I’m perfectly fine with that. But for the last couple years, the Tuukka Rask debate has reached an American-politics level of absurdity. From the Rask haters who claim he can’t steal a big game, to the...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 8:42am

Islanders Mathew Barzal shows poise beyond years in playoff debut

It was a given that one of the Islanders' largest weaknesses heading into their Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins was experience.    In the last three years, most of the Penguins' roster has seen more postseason time than many of Islanders have put...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 8:10am

Hostile Nassau Coliseum creates safe haven for Islanders in playoffs

Hostility.    It's a word used often in sports, though mostly for the descriptions of rivalries between teams and players.    In today's NHL, you'd be hardpressed to describe a building as hostile.  Bet Now Yet that is exactly what the Nassau Coliseum was on...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 7:56am

Penguins Islanders NHL odds Blues Jets spread line betting advice

MetroBet dives into opening night of the NHL playoffs and tells you where to place your money.    Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders Moneyline: Penguins -105, Islanders -115 Puckline: Penguins +1.5 goals (-280), Islanders -1.5 goals (+240) Betting Total: 5.5...

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 5:45pm

Islanders Penguins 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs preview

The last time the New York Islanders hosted a Game 1 of a postseason series, “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson was the No. 1 song in the United States, “Beetlejuice” was the top-grossing film, a gallon of gas cost just 91 cents, and the average cost of a new house was $91,600.  Man, 1988...

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 1:29pm

Another wasted season for increasingly irrelevant Flyers: Macnow

The last time the Flyers won a playoff round, Peter Laviolette was their head coach, Chris Pronger the captain, and Ilya Bryzgalov the goalie.    That was 2012, eons ago by NHL standards. Since then, the orange-and-black have gone through three coaches, one captain (although I do not...

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 12:54pm

Robin Lehner hits personal milestone as Islanders ready for playoffs

What a year it's been for Robin Lehner.    The New York Islanders goalie just put the finishing touches on the finest season of his nine-year NHL career, going 25-13-5 with a sterling .930 save percentage, 2.13 goals-against average, and six shutouts.   Along with teammate and...

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 11:38am

Islanders draw Penguins in playoffs

For the first time since 1988, the New York Islanders will host a Game 1 of a postseason series after locking up second-place in the Metropolitan Division on Saturday night with a 3-0 victory over the Washington Capitals in the regular-season finale.    The two points gave the Islanders...

Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 10:54am

Rangers NHL rumors: Glen Sather 'likely' to step down

With the New York Rangers about to finish Year 1 of their rebuild, the man who helped spearhead the movement could be on his way out.    TSN's Bob McKenzie reported late Wednesday night that Rangers president Glen Sather will "likely" be stepping down from his current position. ...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 8:38am

Islanders still have slim shot at division after loss to Maple Leafs

The next time the New York Islanders take the ice at the Nassau Coliseum, it will be in the playoffs.   It remains to be seen though whether it will be Game 1 or Game 3 of the series.    The Coliseum ice crew wasted little time after Monday night's 2-1 loss against former captain...

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 11:10am

The Islanders proved everyone wrong this year

Saturday night's comprehensive 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres clinched the once thought to be improbable: The New York Islanders are headed to the playoffs.    The Islanders became just the fourth team in the Eastern Conference to punch their ticket to the postseason with three...

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 9:53am