Flyers scrambling for playoff spot, face Canadiens

The Philadelphia Flyers looked to be on the fast track toward returning to the playoffs after defeating one of the best teams in the NHL. The Flyers’ fortunes turned in a hurry, however, losing seven straight games (0-5-2) to fall on the wrong side of the playoff picture since posting a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on March 23. Philadelphia (36-31-11, 83 points) will look to reverse course on Tuesday when it continues its

Lightning ride 9-1-1 run into Montreal

After failing to reach the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in four years last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning appear to be peaking at the right time as they visit the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night for the second game of a back-to-back set. The Lightning, the 2020 and 2021 Stanley Cup champions, who lost in the 2022 final, improved to 9-1-1 in their past 11 games with an impressive 4-1 road victory

Panthers keep bigger picture in view ahead of clash vs. Canadiens

A superb first half of the season has given the Florida Panthers some much-needed wiggle room as they barrel down the stretch. The Panthers will continue their four-game trip with a matchup against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night, five days after clinching a berth in the playoffs. Florida (47-23-5, 99 points) is two points back of the Bruins for first place in the Atlantic Division with seven games left for each team, including a

Hurricanes face Canadiens with sights set on bigger goals

The Carolina Hurricanes have marked off one item on the to-do list, but there’s more to accomplish. They’ll play for the first time since securing a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference when they visit the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. “Making playoffs is one thing, but we have a bigger goal in mind,” forward Seth Jarvis said. “So it’s a good start, but there’s a lot of stuff we have to take care of.”

Flyers look to snap two-game skid, take on Habs

The Philadelphia Flyers will try to firm their grip on third place in the Metropolitan Division when they visit the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. The Flyers (36-27-10, 82 points) are coming off a 6-5 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday, a contest in which they held a 2-0 lead before trailing by a goal three times and tying it late. The setback kept them one point ahead of the Washington Capitals, who

Kraken, Canadiens out to snap losing streaks

Say this for the Seattle Kraken: At least they’re consistent. During a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2), the Kraken have failed to score in the opening two periods five times. Yet they’ve trailed just 1-0 heading into the third in three of those games and have been in a scoreless tie twice. So don’t expect an offensive explosion Sunday night when Seattle plays host to the Montreal Canadiens. The Kraken (28-28-13, 69 points) return home after

Oilers brush off OT loss, turn attention to Canadiens

Some losses are not as crushing as others. Even when they come in the final second of overtime. Therefore, the Edmonton Oilers are having no problems regrouping from Saturday’s 3-2 setback at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche as they prepare to host the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night. The Oilers (40-21-4, 84 points) have plenty to feel good about as they look back on the Colorado game. They trailed going into the third period

Playoff outsiders Flames, Canadiens striving to improve chances

The Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens are longshot squads to make the Stanley Cup playoffs, but both head into Saturday’s meeting in Calgary with a small bit of hope. The Flames are renewed after Thursday’s 4-1 comeback victory over the defending Stanley Cup-champion Vegas Golden Knights at home. Calgary sits eight points out of a playoff position with 16 games remaining, and it snapped a three-game losing skid immediately following the trade deadline. “It was

Bruins hope for another bounce back in visit to Montreal

Despite ups and downs that were virtually nonexistent during last season’s President’s Trophy run, the Boston Bruins have still found their way to second in the Eastern Conference standings with 15 games to go. How? Bouncing back from losses has been a key reason. The Bruins had been 3-0-1 over a four-game span before a lackluster 5-1 loss on Monday against the St. Louis Blues, and now have a chance to respond in a Thursday