A pair of local rivals will resume their frantic race for an Eastern Conference playoff berth Saturday afternoon, when the New York Rangers host the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden. Both the Rangers and Islanders are coming off their five-day "bye week" and will be playing for the first time since Sunday, when […]
At the midpoint of the 2017-18 season, there has been little separation in any of the awards races — well, aside from the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year. Here’s the latest look at the players in the mix for all the major awards.
The Columbus Blue Jackets sit in first place with 39 points, the New York Rangers are in sixth with 34 and in between are the Washington Capitals (37), New Jersey Devils (36), New York Islanders (35) and Pittsburgh Penguins (35). No other division in the NHL comes close to how crowded things are in the […]
Former Gov. Phil Bredesen, the last Democrat to win a statewide election in Tennessee, touted his problem-fixing credentials on Thursday in announcing his bid to succeed Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate. Bredesen was a successful health care entrepreneur before winning election to two terms each as Nashville mayor and Tennessee governor. "I have […]
It didn't take long for last season's Calder Trophy race to come down to two players. Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine were the first two picks in the 2016 NHL Draft, and they were racking up goals like nobody's business as teenagers. Unsurprisingly, the conversation around the NHL's
Only eight players have scored 30 or more goals in their rookie year since the 2006-07 season, and 18-year-old Panthers forward Owen Tippett has an excellent chance to add his name to that list. The top two picks from the 2017 NHL Draft, Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick, are two of the favorites to take […]
Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne rocketed back up the Conn Smythe rankings thanks to two strong games against the Pittsburgh Penguins, as we whittle down the Top 10 to about seven players who could win the MVP award for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Please keep in mind that for the Conn Smythe Watch, we weigh […]
The highly anticipated ESPN “E:60” profile of Nashville Predators star P.K. Subban dropped on Sunday morning, and delivered a solid look at his life, career and controversy. Oh, and it featured retired NHL All-Star John Scott dropping this criticism of
We’re through two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which means only four teams are left standing. Below is each club’s top Conn Smythe Trophy candidate ahead of the conference finals. You can vote for your selection at the end of the post. Erik Karlsson Cory Wilkins: Of the four teams left in the playoff […]
Our last Conn Smythe Watch had Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators leading the field for Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP. Is he still the top choice as we head into the conference finals? Here’s how we see the field through the first two rounds. Please keep
This is the reaction to the attempted clarification of the reaction to P.K. Subban dancing in warmups. And I knew there’d be reaction after I got Mike Milbury on the phone for a Q&A and then wrote a column about what those comments say about the NHL. And I figured much of it would be […]
A note on this first edition on a candidate named Sidney Crosby. The 2016 Conn Smythe winner is out for Game 4 against the Washington Capitals with a concussion, and uncertainty about his status has him outside the top 10 for the moment. Ditto Jake Guentzel, whose numbers have been generated by Crosby’s play.