- Wild GM: Torchetti 'serious candidate' to be coach
- Bergeron, Kesler, Kopitar named Selke finalists
- Isles coach Capuano takes puck to face, returns
- Lightning's Condra out after check by Isles' Cizikas
This is how it's going to go down: Our experts weigh in with their predictions for the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.
From the first game until the Stanley Cup is handed out, we have you covered.
John Buccigross combines his favorite art forms, hockey and music, into an appreciation of each playoff team. The Red Wings are in Emo mode, while the beat goes on for contenders like the Caps.
The Penguins have had the postseason edge on the Capitals. Here's the background on the rivalry between the teams and their top stars.
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, out of action since having surgery to remove a blood clot, has no timetable for his return. But one doctor said athletes can be on a different timetable.
Matt Niskanen left the Penguins and signed with the Capitals in the summer of 2014, so he has unique insight into playing against his former teammates as they head for a Game 1 clash.
John Torchetti, who helped turn around the Minnesota Wild after taking over for the fired Mike Yeo in February, is "a very serious candidate" to be the permanent coach, GM Chuck Fletcher said.
Boston's Patrice Bergeron, Anaheim's Ryan Kesler and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar are the finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward.
The Arizona Coyotes would be wise to adopt the Golden State Warriors' new-age approach to management and team-building, writes Craig Custance.
Two schedules for the second round have been released -- one with the Predators advancing, the other with the Ducks advancing.
Matthew Coller of Hockey Prospectus identifies the most important numbers to know for every NHL semifinal playoff matchup and makes a pick on each series.
The ESPN.com NHL team share their thoughts on second-round playoff matchups, and what could become of the Ducks after another early exit. Plus, we hear from Islanders D Johnny Boychuk, Lightning C Steven Stamkos and "Keeper of the Cup" Phil Pritchard.
The Predators held on for a 2-1 victory that provided a new postseason highlight for their franchise by eliminating the Pacific Division champion Ducks.
Islanders coach Jack Capuano returned to the bench after being hit in the face by an errant puck and taken to the locker room with a towel on his face in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Lightning.
Can the upstart, bruised and well-traveled Predators upset the favored, well-rested and fired-up Sharks to move on to the Western Conference finals?
Vezina Trophy finalist and 2015 playoff hero Ben Bishop struggled and the Islanders pounced, stealing Game 1 on the road against the Lightning.
Lightning forward Erik Condra left Wednesday night's playoff game after a hard hit to the boards by the Islanders' Casey Cizikas.
Don't you hate it when work gets in the way of watching the NHL playoffs? Same for these famous fans, who go to great lengths to follow their favorite teams -- all while doing their day jobs.
The Islanders and Stars captains seized the day in the first round, while several other big-name stars struggled.
The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs saw many surprising star turns (and vice versa). Craig Custance identifies the biggest as Round 2 begins.
Rob Vollman writes that based on the underlying numbers, the door to the Stanley Cup could be unlocked for the Pittsburgh Penguins based upon three key weapons.
Seven years after their first playoff battle, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin meet for another epic second-round series. Who'll have the upper hand, Crosby's powerful Pens or Ovi's stingy Caps?
Which goalie -- the Blues' Brian Elliott or the Stars' Kari Lehtonen -- will have the advantage when St. Louis and Dallas face off in the second round of the Western Conference playoffs?
The upstart Islanders stand a better chance than one might think against the hobbled Lightning in their second-round matchup.
Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop, Washington's Braden Holtby and Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick are the finalists for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie.
Flyers forward Brayden Schenn has been suspended three games by the NHL for charging the Capitals' T.J. Oshie during Sunday's game.
Tom Awad of Hockey Prospectus ranks the top 10 skaters and top five goalies in the Stanley Cup playoffs thus far by goals versus threshold (GVT).
Willie Mitchell hoisted the Stanley Cup twice, played parts of 15 NHL seasons, even found a way back on the ice after a knee injury kept him out for more than a year.
Steven Stamkos was back on the ice with teammates Tuesday, participating in shooting and skating drills for the first time since undergoing surgery for a blood clot.
Stable goaltending is a must-have and the coaches' challenge is a good thing, right? Wrong, and those are just two of the harsh playoff realities we're repeating and expounding on as the opening round winds down.
Crosby and Ovechkin face off in a highly anticipated series. Here are the numbers you need to know for the superstars' second career playoff matchup.
A team that has dominated the playoffs for most of the past six years is heading home, while an old challenger finally gets a chance to test its mettle beyond the first round.
With the Blackhawks eliminated from the playoffs, what should they do this offseason to get back on track? Craig Custance identifies the keys.
The most sophisticated trophy in sports has visited 24 different countries. As the NHL playoffs began, the Stanley Cup and white-gloved keeper Phil Pritchard swung through ESPN HQ to take selfies and share stories.
From a Penguins rookie's overthrowing of King Henrik to Steve Mason's miscue to a bruising Blackhawks-Blues rivalry, our writers weigh in on the top plays -- and players -- of the first round.
After being bounced unceremoniously from the playoffs by their state rivals, the Kings are looking at making changes to get themselves back in championship form.
Penguins answer nicely in the second and it's tied at two through 40 minutes at Verizon Center. As if we'd expect anything different.
Nice steal and pass from Connor Sheary to Sidney Crosby in front but Crosby sends shot high in last minute of the second.
Good trade for Caps as Tom Wilson and Evgeni Malkin get coincidental minors so time for some 4-on-4 hockey.
Malkin and Wilson mix it up. They will both go to the box to calm down.
Guess this series is going to be okay. With 7:50 left in second T.J. Oshie takes advantage of Olli Maatta miscue and beats Murry high glove.
Man I don't remember Oshie skating that well. Blew down the right side and went roof daddy on Murray. Verizon Center crowd approves
Kunitz got away from Carlson and feeds a beauty to Malkin. This game has shifted in a hurry. But truth is, Pitt has had a strong period
And 57 seconds later Chris Kunitz great feed to Evgeni Malkin who rips backhand upstairs to give Pens first lead of the series.
Malkin 2-1 Penguins
What a move by Nick Bonino to get around Orlov and Schmidt and Ben Lovejoy, Ben Lovejoy, taps in rebound to tie it at 1-1.
Memories of Super Mario deking past Ray Bourque in an Eastern Conference final years ago. Nick Bonino!
Lovejoy ties her up 1-1 after a Mario Lemieux-like deke by Bonino
Good kill by the Penguins as we approach the mid-point of the second. Shots now tied at 17 apiece.
Kris Letang takes down T.J. Oshie from behind and the Caps will go back to the PP.
Going to be a theme all series to avoid taking penalties given how dangerous these two PP's are. Letang to the box. Caps PP
What is more essential to perfecting the Mel Kiper look, the hair or the glasses?
Once again the Penguins start the period strong but Holtby again bars the door.
Small pushback late in first from Pens but Caps the better team for most of the first. They lead 1-0 out-shooting Pens 15-9.