NHL expert picks, odds for Lightning vs. Panthers, Blues vs. Avalanche Game 2s

The Florida Panthers seemed to do all of the right things this season. They dominated the regular season. Won the Presidents’ Trophy. Acquired Claude Giroux at the trade deadline. And they’re still stuck facing a 1-0 deficit to the Tampa Bay Lightning. This Lightning-sized speed bump is proving to be a problem for the Cats. … Read more

Blues vs. Avalanche Game 1 odds, prediction

The Colorado Avalanche are the best team in the NHL. There’s no arguing it. The bookmakers have basically had the Avalanche as the Stanley Cup favorites since last season ended and Colorado gave them no reason to doubt that decision. But just because a team is the clear favorite does not mean it will win. … Read more

Blues vs. Avalanche series odds, prediction, preview

Commercial Content 21+ The Colorado Avalanche gave us no reasons to doubt their status as Stanley Cup favorites in a Round 1 sweep of the Nashville Predators. The Preds were there for the taking and missing their team MVP in goal, but Colorado dominated from start to finish en route to a 4-0 series victory … Read more

Most valuable player of each first-round series selected by NHL.com

One of the most amazing first rounds in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs ended Sunday with overtime decisions in each Game 7 played. Three other Game 7s were decided Saturday. The eight first-round series – seven of which required at least six games – were filled with amazing individual performances and clutch heroics. … Read more

BenFred: The NHL playoffs finally feel right again, and Berube’s Blues are built for it | Ben Frederickson

Blues coach Craig Berube said something funny the other day that doubled as a reminder of why the NHL playoffs are finally back to feeling right. It was after the Blues won Game 4 of this first-round series against the Wild. Jordan Kyrou had played great. The young All-Star forward netted two goals, but Berube … Read more

NHL picks, bets today: Latest lines for Maple Leafs at Lightning, Oilers at Kings and more

All four Stanley Cup Playoffs series taking the ice on Sunday stand at 2-1 through three games. Boston got its first win of the series against Carolina on Friday and the three other series were 1-1 entering Game 3. The shorthanded Blues were dominated at home against Minnesota and are in a hole. The two-time … Read more

3 Keys: Wild at Blues, Game 4 of Western First Round

(C2) Wild at (C3) Blues 4:30 pm ET; TBS, SN360, TVAS, BSMW, BSN, BSWIX Wild lead best-of-7 series 2-1 ST. LOUIS – Jordan Binnington could be the starting goalie for the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round at Enterprise Center on Sunday. Binnington backed up Ville Husso in each … Read more

Krug out for Game 4 for Blues against Wild with lower-body injury

ST. LOUIS – Torey Krug will not play for the St. Louis Blues against the Minnesota Wild in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round on Sunday because of a lower-body injury. The defenseman appeared to injure his leg when he checked Wild forward Matt Boldy before limping off the ice in the first … Read more

3 Keys: Blues at Wild, Game 1 of Western First Round

(2C) Wild vs. (3C) Blues Western Conference First Round, Game 1 9:30 pm ET; ESPN, SN360, TVAS2, BSN, BSWI, BSMW Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will start for the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round against the St. Louis Blues at Xcel Energy Center on Monday. Fleury was in the traditional starter’s … Read more

2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Wild vs. Blues first-round preview

(2C) Minnesota Wild vs. (3C) St. Louis Blues Wild: 53-22-7, 113 points Blues: 49-22-11, 109 points Season series: MIN 0-1-2; STL 3-0-0 Game 1: Monday (9:30 pm ET; ESPN, SN360, TVAS, BSN, BSMW) There is precious little separating the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues in their best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series. Though the … Read more