Lee Russakoff

Monday Night NHL: Flames at Kings

The Los Angeles Kings would like to create a bit more separation in the logjam that is the Western Conference playoff race, while the Calgary Flames are desperate to gain ground. One of them will leave Staples Center feeling they’re headed in the right direction Monday night. The Kings (40-26-6) are tied with Chicago and […]

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Saturday Night NHL: Red Wings at Predators

Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz believes that Pekka Rinne is not only a leading candidate for the Vezina Trophy, but also the Hart Trophy. The Detroit Red Wings know how tough he can be. Rinne dominated the Red Wings in two starts in February and will likely be in goal for Saturday night’s Central Division […]

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Saturday NHL Action: Blue Jackets at Wild

Poor recent stretches have essentially ended the playoff hopes for the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets. The Wild will be seeking to end a four-game slide Saturday when they host the struggling Blue Jackets. Minnesota (35-29-7) is in 11th place in the Western Conference with 77 points while Columbus (32-28-10) is 12th with 74. […]

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Live NHL Action: Avalanche at Canucks

Having clinched the division on a day off, the surging Canucks turn their focus to the top seed in the Western Conference on Wednesday night when they host a Colorado Avalanche team trying to avoid losing its ninth in a row. Vancouver (46-16-9) clinched its third straight Northwest title on Tuesday night when Calgary lost […]

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Watch Live NHL: Avalanche at Predators

For the Nashville Predators to move back among the top eight in the Western Conference, longtime coach Barry Trotz said they must beat lesser competition consistently down the stretch. Their next opponent is a perfect example. The Predators seek their third win of the season over the sputtering Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night at Bridgestone […]

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Live NHL: Canadiens vs. Penguins

The Montreal Canadiens looked unsteady in their first game following a serious injury to one of their best young forwards. Perhaps they could draw some inspiration from the Pittsburgh Penguins, who continue to fare remarkably well without their two biggest stars. Both teams look to continue their pursuits of division leaders Saturday as they finish […]

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Watch Live NHL: Canucks at Kings

Two victories against Vancouver in October helped Los Angeles exact some revenge following last season’s opening-round playoff loss. Two wins over the Canucks this month could put the Kings in position to make another run at the postseason. Los Angeles continues its six-game homestand Saturday when the NHL-leading Canucks try to get their offense in […]

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Watch Live NHL: Sabres at Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers haven’t lost three straight games in more than three months. A matchup with the Buffalo Sabres may be just what they need to keep that streak intact. Host Philadelphia looks to end its overall skid and beat Buffalo for the third straight time when the teams meet Saturday afternoon. Watch Live Now […]

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Thursday Night NHL: Predators at Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators have split two low-scoring meetings this season, and goals have been hard to come by for both teams of late. They’ll meet Thursday night in Vancouver, with the Canucks looking to pad their lead atop the NHL and the Predators seeking a desperately needed win to boost their playoff […]

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Live NHL: Flames at Blackhawks

With help from Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, the Chicago Blackhawks have surged into playoff contention by consistently knocking off Western Conference opponents during a season-high win streak. Toews and Hossa will try lead the Blackhawks to a sixth consecutive victory and sixth in a row at home over another West foe, the Calgary Flames, […]

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