Capitals among East contenders; West race too tight to call

...playoffs."Not all will make it.There is a race to watch at the other end of the standings. Buffalo (14-30-3) and Edmonton (12-26-9) have been locked in a battle for futility and, more important, the right to land the top draft prospects...

Lightning down Canucks, take over top spot in the Eastern Conference

...All-Star break. OILERS 5, CAPITALS 4 (SO)In Washington, Teddy Purcell scored the decisive goal in a shootout after Edmonton rallied from a two-goal deficit late in regulation, and the Oilers ended the Capitals' seven-game home winning streak...

Bruins shut out Rangers for fifth win in a row

...goals, and the Eastern Conference-leading Lightning beat Edmonton. WILD 7, SABRES 0In Buffalo, N.Y., Devan Dubnyk stopped...all decided in regulation. No NHL has done that since the Edmonton Oilers lost nine straight in regulation from Feb. 25 to March...

Islanders shut out rival Rangers

...stymied the Avalanche's comeback. BLUES 4, OILERS 2In St. Louis, Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 24th goal and had an assist, defenseman Barret Jackman earned his second two-point night of the season, and St. Louis beat Edmonton.

Canadiens cool off Islanders

...snap a six-game road losing streak and send the Sabres to their 10th consecutive regulation defeat. OILERS 3, PANTHERS 2 (SO)In Sunrise, Fla., Nail Yakupov scored the winning goal in the shootout to lift Edmonton over Florida.

Blues surge on offense's strength

...the Eastern Conference but who led 3-1 before Jake Allen replaced Brian Elliott in net.The Blues face the Oilers today. Edmonton has the fewest points in the league entering Monday."It's human nature," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "You look at the...

Predators top Oilers in overtime

...Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry received a one-game ban for separate incidents this week.Garbutt was disciplined for kneeing Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall in the Stars' 3-2 victory Tuesday.Garbutt was assessed a minor penalty for tripping on the...

Penguins drop Lightning in showdown of division leaders

...assists for the Penguins, who bolstered their depth at forward earlier in the day by acquiring left wing David Perron from the Edmonton Oilers.Andrew Ebbett added a goal and an assist, and Christian Ehrhoff also scored.Brian Boyle, Victor Hedman and Alex...

Heavy-hearted Blackhawks beat Maple Leafs

...a six-game winning streak. STARS 6, OILERS 5 (SO)In Edmonton, Alberta, Tyler Seguin had two goals and an assist, and...goals for the Oilers (7-20-7), who blew a 5-2 lead.Edmonton has lost seven straight and 18 of 19. CANUCKS: Forward Jannik...

New Jersey Devils fire head coach Pete DeBoer

...potential candidates, including Adam Oates, a former Devils assistant; Dallas Eakins, who was fired earlier this month by Edmonton; and ex-Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.Lamoriello has hired a couple of former Montreal Canadiens coaches to lead New Jersey...