NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 9, 2018
Panthers defeat Bruins, opening-round playoff bracket and schedule released and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: The Florida Panthers won’t make the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs but they finished the season on a high note with a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins in the final regular-season game of 2017-18. Former Bruin Frank Vatrano got a measure of revenge against his old team with a goal and an assist. The Bruins’ defeat ensured the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched first in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference standings.
All the opening-round playoff series are now set. In the Eastern Conference, the Lightning will face the New Jersey Devils, the Bruins square off against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Washington Capitals tangle with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Pittsburgh Penguins battle the Philadelphia Flyers.
In the Western Conference, the Nashville Predators meet the Colorado Avalanche, the Winnipeg Jets face off against the Minnesota Wild, the Vegas Golden Knights go up against the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks face the San Jose Sharks.
The league also released the opening-round playoff schedule. The postseason opens on Wednesday, Apr. 11 with Game 1 of the Penguins-Flyers, Jets-Wild and Golden Knights-Kings series.
The full 2018 NHL Draft Lottery odds have been released. The Buffalo Sabres have the best chance of winning (18.5 percent) while the Panthers have a 1 percent chance.
Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick won the William M. Jennings Trophy, awarded to the goalie who plays at least 25 games for his club allowing the fewest goals.
NEWSDAY: It appears the New York Islanders won’t be replacing general manager Garth Snow and head coach Doug Weight. Meanwhile, defenseman Johnny Boychuk said he’ll undergo surgery for an unspecified lower-back injury. He expects to be fully recovered by June.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: After being fired by the New York Rangers, former head coach Alain Vigneault released a statement thanking the organization for his five seasons behind their bench.