Keys for Avalanche; Brind’Amour on Game 7 loss

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• Home ice and five-a-side play are two areas that could help the Avalanche get past the Oilers in the Western Conference Finals. [Mile High Hockey]

• Is depth evaluating an area where the Oilers are behind the Avalanche? [Oilers Nation]

• Four years after The Letter, Rangers are four wins away from playing the Stanley Cup. [NY Post]

• Rod Brind’Amour on the Hurricanes’ Game 7 loss: “They’re all tough. Every year when it ends is always tough. It’s maybe more difficult because I felt like we were in a different place this year. It wasn’t that we were better than everyone else, but I felt like we weren’t worse. We were right there. That might make it a little harder. It’s another chance, I don’t want to say lost, but it’s another year that you don’t get that chance.” [Canes Country]

• On the resolution of Hockey Canada’s lawsuit and its implications for the sport of hockey: “We spend so much time talking about changing the culture of the game, making it more welcoming and accessible. They are noble goals, but if achieving those goals sometimes means shedding light on the grotesque and horrible, if it means making people responsible for embarrassing themselves and the game, then so be it.” [Daily Faceoff]

[NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2022 schedule, TV info]

• Between Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk, it’s going to be a busy off-season for Flames GM Brad Treliving. [Sportsnet]

• How Jake Guentzel’s contract helped the Penguins land Bryan Rust in a team-friendly extension. [Pensburgh]

• Former NHLers Mikael Samuelsson and Mike Komisarek have joined the Canucks in their player development department to work primarily with prospects. [TSN]

• Twelve NHL teams plan to interview prospective No. 1 pick Shane Wright during this week’s Scouting Combine. [NHL.com]

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Write him a message phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

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