NHL MacKinnon and Colorado take on Toronto

NHL MacKinnon and Colorado take on Toronto

Colorado Avalanche (16-8-2, third in the Central Division) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (13-12-4, fifth in the Atlantic Division) Toronto; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Nathan MacKinnon leads Colorado into a matchup with Toronto. He’s fifth in the NHL with 42 points, scoring 17 goals and recording 25 assists. The Maple Leafs are 7-3-4 on…

NHL Aliu expects “big change” after meeting with Bettman

NHL Aliu expects “big change” after meeting with Bettman

TORONTO (AP) — Former NHL forward Akim Aliu expects “big change” in hockey after a meeting with top league executives Tuesday. Aliu met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly in Toronto to discuss his allegation that former Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters used a racial slur several times during the 2009-10…

NHL Blue Jackets fall to Coyotes, 4-2

NHL Blue Jackets fall to Coyotes, 4-2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Darcy Kuemper stopped 33 shots and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Tuesday night. Arizona got another fine performance from Kuemper and goals from Clayton Keller, Christian Fischer and Lawson Crouse to snap a two-game losing streak and moved within a point of first-place Edmonton in the…

NHL NHL center Matt Stajan retires after 14 seasons

NHL NHL center Matt Stajan retires after 14 seasons

TORONTO (AP) — Matt Stajan retired Tuesday after 14 seasons in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames. The 35-year-old two-way center announced his decision in a statement through the NHL players’ union. He had 413 points (146 goals, 267 assists) in 1,003 NHL games — more than five seasons in Toronto…

NHL Detroit faces New York, looks to end home losing streak

NHL Detroit faces New York, looks to end home losing streak

New York Islanders (17-5-2, second in the Metropolitan Division) vs. Detroit Red Wings (7-19-3, eighth in the Atlantic Division) Detroit; Monday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Detroit plays New York looking to stop its four-game home slide. The Red Wings are 2-13-0 against conference opponents. Detroit is the last-ranked team in the NHL averaging 6…

NHL Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski out with shoulder injury

NHL Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski out with shoulder injury

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski is expected to miss four weeks with a shoulder injury. The team said the 22-year-old Werenski was hurt in the first period of Saturday night’s 2-0 loss to the New York Islanders. Werenski has been bothered by shoulder problems in the past. Werenski leads all…

NHL Chris Driedger posts shutout in first NHL start as Panthers top Predators

NHL Chris Driedger posts shutout in first NHL start as Panthers top Predators

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Driedger heard the final horn and reached for his helmet in disbelief. The Florida Panthers goalie hardly expected to post a shutout in his first NHL start. “Honestly, I’m speechless,” he said. Driedger stopped all 27 shots filling in for star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, and the Panthers beat the Nashville…

NHL Driedger posts shutout in 1st NHL start, Panthers beat Preds

NHL Driedger posts shutout in 1st NHL start, Panthers beat Preds

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Chris Driedger heard the final horn and reached for his helmet in disbelief. The Florida Panthers goalie hardly expected to post a shutout in his first NHL start. “Honestly, I’m speechless,” he said. Driedger stopped all 27 shots filling in for star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, and the Panthers beat the Nashville…