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Twitter reacts to Supreme Court ruling on sports betting

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday to lift the federal ban on sports betting, causing a social media frenzy.

Related: U.S. Supreme Court votes to end ban on state-sanctioned sports betting

Here are some of the best reactions from across the Twitterverse:

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World Hockey Championship Scoreboard: Swedes, Swiss go for gold

The World Hockey Championship runs May 4-20 in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark. Stay up to date with all game action via our daily scoreboard (all times Eastern).

Championship Round Schedule

Date Time (Eastern) Away Home
May 20 9:45 a.m. Canada United States
May 20 2:15 p.m. Sweden Switzerland

Visit the World Hockey Championship website for full tournament results.

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World Championship commitment tracker: Bjorkstrand heading home to rep Denmark

The IIHF World Hockey Championship begins May 4 in Denmark.

Below, we break down players' commitments by country:

Canada

  • Josh Bailey (Islanders)
  • Mathew Barzal (Islanders)
  • Anthony Beauvillier (Islanders)
  • Thomas Chabot (Senators)
  • Pierre-Luc Dubois (Blue Jackets)
  • Jordan Eberle (Islanders)
  • Joel Edmundson (Blues)
  • Aaron Ekblad (Panthers)
  • Bo Horvat (Canucks)
  • Tyson Jost (Avalanche)
  • Darcy Kuemper (Coyotes)
  • Connor McDavid (Oilers)
  • Curtis McElhinney (Maple Leafs)
  • Darnell Nurse (Oilers)
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Oilers)
  • Ryan O'Reilly (Sabres)
  • Colton Parayko (Blues)
  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau (Senators)
  • Ryan Pulock (Islanders)
  • Brayden Schenn (Blues)
  • Jaden Schwartz (Blues)

Czech Republic

  • Filip Chytil (Rangers)
  • Radek Faksa (Stars)
  • Martin Necas (Hurricanes)
  • Tomas Plekanec (Maple Leafs)
  • David Rittich (Flames)

Denmark

  • Frederik Andersen (Maple Leafs)
  • Oliver Bjorkstrand (Blue Jackets)
  • Frans Nielsen (Red Wings)

Germany

  • Leon Draisaitl (Oilers)
  • Korbinian Holzer (Ducks)
  • Dennis Seidenberg (Islanders)

Finland

  • Sebastian Aho (Hurricanes)
  • Marko Anttila (Jokerit)
  • Mikael Granlund (Wild)
  • Miro Heiskanen (Stars)
  • Julius Honka (Stars)
  • Ville Husso (Blues)
  • Pekka Jorma (Jokerit)
  • Kasperi Kapanen (Maple Leafs)
  • Eero Killyan (Orebro HK)
  • Tommi Kivisto (Jokerit)
  • Miika Koivisto (Karpat)
  • Saku Maenalanen (Karpat)
  • Sakari Manninen (Orebro HK)
  • Niko Mikkola (Tappara)
  • Mika Niemi (Jokerit)
  • Markus Nutivaara (Blue Jackets)
  • Olli Palola (Jokerit)
  • Janne Pesonen (Vaxjo Lakers)
  • Ville Pokka (Senators)
  • Mikko Rantanen (Avalanche)
  • Juuso Riikola (KalPA)
  • Harri Sateri (Panthers)
  • Veli-Matti Savinainen (Jugra Hanty-Mansijsk)
  • Teuvo Teravainen (Hurricanes)

Russia

  • Sergei Andronov (CSKA Moscow)
  • Artem Anisimov (Blackhawks)
  • Alexander Barabanov (SKA Saint Petersburg)
  • Alexei Bereglazov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
  • Pavel Buchnevich (Rangers)
  • Alexei Byvaltsev (Amur Khabarovski)
  • Evgeny Dadonov (Panthers)
  • Pavel Datsyuk (SKA Saint Petersburg)
  • Vladislav Gavrikov (SKA Saint Petersburg)
  • Mikhail Grigorenko (CSKA Moscow)
  • Nikita Gusev (SKA Saint Petersburg)
  • Ilya Kablukov (SKA Saint Petersburg)
  • Kirill Kaprizov (CSKA Moscow)
  • Dinar Khafizullin (SKA Saint Petersburg)
  • Bogdan Kiselevich (CSKA Moscow)
  • Vasily Koshechkin (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
  • Maxim Mamin (Panthers)
  • Ilya Mikheev (Avangard Omsk)
  • Nikita Nesterov (CSKA Moscow)
  • Maxim Shalunov (CSKA Moscow)
  • Igor Shestyorkin (SKA Saint Petersburg)
  • Ilya Sorokin (CSKA Moscow)
  • Nikita Soshnikov (Blues)
  • Nikita Tryamkin (Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg)
  • Yegor Yakovlev (SKA Saint Petersburg)
  • Nikita Zaitsev (Maple Leafs)

Slovakia

  • Tomas Jurco (Blackhawks)

Sweden

  • Lias Andersson (Rangers)
  • Mikael Backlund (Flames)
  • Jacob De La Rose (Canadiens)
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Coyotes)
  • Erik Gustafsson (Blackhawks)
  • Mattias Janmark (Stars)
  • John Klingberg (Stars)
  • Adam Larsson (Oilers)
  • Johan Larsson (Sabres)
  • Hampus Lindholm (Ducks)
  • Anders Nilsson (Canucks)
  • Magnus Paajarvi (Senators)
  • Rickard Rakell (Ducks)
  • Mika Zibanejad (Rangers)

Switzerland

  • Mirco Mueller (Devils)
  • Nino Niederreiter (Wild)

United States

  • Cam Atkinson (Blue Jackets)
  • Will Butcher (Devils)
  • Blake Coleman (Devils)
  • Scott Darling (Hurricanes)
  • Alex DeBrincat (Blackhawks)
  • Johnny Gaudreau (Flames)
  • Brian Gibbons (Devils)
  • Quinn Hughes (University of Michigan)
  • Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)
  • Keith Kinkaid (Devils)
  • Chris Kreider (Rangers)
  • Dylan Larkin (Red Wings)
  • Anders Lee (Islanders)
  • Charlie Lindgren (Canadiens)
  • Alec Martinez (Kings)
  • Sonny Milano (Blue Jackets)
  • Connor Murphy (Blackhawks)
  • Jordan Oesterle (Blackhawks)
  • Neal Pionk (Rangers)
  • Derek Ryan (Hurricanes)
  • Tage Thompson (Blues)
  • Colin White (Senators)

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World Championship commitment tracker: Hurricanes’ Aho, Teravainen set to lead Finns

The IIHF World Hockey Championship begins May 4 in Denmark.

Below, we break down players' commitments by country:

Canada

  • Josh Bailey (Islanders)
  • Mathew Barzal (Islanders)
  • Anthony Beauvillier (Islanders)
  • Thomas Chabot (Senators)
  • Jordan Eberle (Islanders)
  • Joel Edmundson (Blues)
  • Aaron Ekblad (Panthers)
  • Bo Horvat (Canucks)
  • Darcy Kuemper (Coyotes)
  • Connor McDavid (Oilers)
  • Darnell Nurse (Oilers)
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Oilers)
  • Ryan O'Reilly (Sabres)
  • Colton Parayko (Blues)
  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau (Senators)
  • Ryan Pulock (Islanders)
  • Brayden Schenn (Blues)
  • Jaden Schwartz (Blues)

Czech Republic

  • Radek Faksa (Stars)

Denmark

  • Frans Nielsen (Red Wings)

Germany

  • Leon Draisaitl (Oilers)
  • Korbinian Holzer (Ducks)
  • Dennis Seidenberg (Islanders)

Finland

  • Sebastian Aho (Hurricanes)
  • Teuvo Teravainen (Hurricanes)

Slovakia

  • Tomas Jurco (Blackhawks)

Sweden

  • Mikael Backlund (Flames)
  • Jacob De La Rose (Canadiens)
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Coyotes)
  • Erik Gustafsson (Blackhawks)
  • John Klingberg (Stars)
  • Adam Larsson (Oilers)
  • Johan Larsson (Sabres)
  • Hampus Lindholm (Ducks)
  • Anders Nilsson (Canucks)
  • Magnus Paajarvi (Senators)
  • Rickard Rakell (Ducks)
  • Mika Zibanejad (Rangers)

United States

  • Alex DeBrincat (Blackhawks)
  • Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)
  • Chris Kreider (Rangers)
  • Dylan Larkin (Red Wings)
  • Casey Mittelstadt (Sabres)
  • Connor Murphy (Blackhawks)

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NHL Power Rankings: Predators riding high heading into playoffs

The 14th and final regular-season installment of theScore's NHL Power Rankings was put together by hockey editors Josh Gold-Smith, Craig Hagerman, and Cory Wilkins.

1. Nashville Predators (53-18-11) ▲

Previously 4th

There's no beating around it - the Predators are the team to beat going into the postseason. They are the Presidents' Trophy winner and a reigning Stanley Cup finalist.

They're also built to contend once again. Anything short of another Cup Final appearance is sure to be a disappointment. - Hagerman

2. Winnipeg Jets (52-20-10)

Previously 2nd

The Jets are entering the playoffs after going 9-1-0 in their last 10 games, including five straight victories. Their top six is arguably the best in the league and they're also relatively healthy, even without Dmitry Kulikov.

If anyone in the West can give the Preds a scare, it's the Jets. - Hagerman

3. Tampa Bay Lightning (54-23-5) ▼

Previously 1st

With losses in five of their last eight games to close out the season, the Lightning aren't entering the playoffs with an overly hot hand. That being said, you can't discount their body of work all season.

Specifically, they scored 19 more goals than the next closest team, and have the best goal differential in the league. - Hagerman

4. Boston Bruins (50-20-12) ▼

Previously 3rd

From Jan. 1 on, only the Predators had a better record than the Bruins.

The club has been dominant, and even in the face of numerous injuries, it always finds ways to win games. Now, with a healthy lineup, a lethal top line that's intact, and incredible resiliency that keeps them in every game, the Bruins could be the scariest team in the East. - Hagerman

5. Vegas Golden Knights (51-24-7) ▲

Previously 6th

This is the most successful expansion team in league history.

The Golden Knights had a season to remember, and while they stumbled in the final week - especially in their 7-1 loss to Calgary - they've been mighty consistent, especially on home ice. - Hagerman

6. Toronto Maple Leafs (49-26-7) ▼

Previously 5th

Statistically, the Maple Leafs had the best season in franchise history.

Toronto set a club record for home wins and points in a single season, while Frederik Andersen established the team's single-season wins record among goalies. Heading into the playoffs, the power play is rolling and Auston Matthews has points in nine straight games since his return from injury. - Hagerman

7. Washington Capitals (49-26-7) ▲

Previously 8th

The Capitals closed out the regular season with an impressive 8-2-0 record over their final 10 games.

Meanwhile, Alexander Ovechkin finished just one shy of his eighth 50-goal campaign, and John Carlson had a career year by leading all defensemen with 68 points. However, those personal achievements will mean very little if the Capitals once again choke in the playoffs. - Hagerman

8. Pittsburgh Penguins (47-29-6) ▲

Previously 10th

Can the Penguins three-peat?

With the best power play in the league, three players with 89 or more points, and experience on their side, it's hard to bet against them. - Hagerman

9. Anaheim Ducks (44-25-13) ▲

Previously 14th

An incredible 8-1-1 record down the stretch helped the Ducks sneak into second place in the Pacific Division, giving them home-ice advantage in the first round.

If you're betting on the hot hand coming into the postseason, keep an eye on this team. - Hagerman

10. San Jose Sharks (45-27-10) ▼

Previously 7th

After making a surge in the previous edition of these rankings, the Sharks have fallen back back down to earth.

The team has won just five of its last 10 games, and that slide cost it home ice in the first round. Meanwhile, with Joe Thornton not expected to return for the start of the playoffs, the club will have to continue playing without arguably its most experienced leader. - Hagerman

11. Los Angeles Kings (45-29-8) ▲

Previously 17th

The Kings finished the regular season by going 4-1-1, and while they didn't secure one of the Pacific Division's top three playoff spots, they have the edge in terms of postseason experience over the Golden Knights in Round 1. - Gold-Smith

12. Minnesota Wild (45-26-11) ▼

Previously 9th

The Wild wrapped up their slate with a less-than-ideal mini-road swing in California, falling to the Ducks and Kings on back-to-back nights before doubling up the Sharks on Saturday. They'll face the white-hot Jets in the opening round of the playoffs, and they won't be favored. - Gold-Smith

13. Columbus Blue Jackets (45-30-7)

Previously 13th

The Blue Jackets went five straight games without losing in regulation until the Predators beat them 4-2 on Saturday night, but Columbus' top-10 defense will now be put to the test by the Capitals' top-10 offense. - Gold-Smith

14. New Jersey Devils (44-29-9) ▲

Previously 16th

New Jersey won seven of its last 10 down the stretch and clinched a playoff berth for the first time since its Stanley Cup Final run in 2012. Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier, and Co. have the Devils headed in the right direction, regardless of how their first-round series goes. - Gold-Smith

15. Philadelphia Flyers (42-26-14)

Previously 15th

The Flyers ride into the postseason on a high, having won four of their last five and two straight - including a blowout, playoff-berth-clinching win over the New York Rangers. That sends them into a highly anticipated intrastate series against the rival Penguins with some momentum. - Gold-Smith

16. Colorado Avalanche (43-30-9) ▼

Previously 11th

The Avalanche punctuated their remarkable turnaround with a win over the Blues on Saturday night that knocked St. Louis out and gave Colorado a playoff spot, a year after the team finished with the worst record of the salary-cap era. Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen are really fun to watch, and they could give the Predators a headache or two. - Gold-Smith

17. Florida Panthers (44-30-8) ▲

Previously 18th

The Panthers reeled off five straight victories to close their season and prevented the Bruins from clinching the Atlantic Division title in the finale Sunday. That's little consolation for a club that will be on the outside looking in when the playoffs begin Wednesday night. - Gold-Smith

18. St. Louis Blues (44-32-6) ▼

Previously 12th

All the Blues had to do to make the playoffs was earn a point against the Avalanche on Saturday night, so that loss is going to sting for a while. St. Louis deserves credit for getting back in the race after a pre-deadline tailspin forced the Paul Stastny trade, but it doesn't much matter now. - Gold-Smith

19. Dallas Stars (42-32-8)

Previously 19th

An eight-game losing skid in March stuck a fork in the Stars, who had high hopes for the season with the additions of Alexander Radulov and Ben Bishop, among others. John Klingberg took a significant step forward, but the team as a whole still has plenty of room for growth. - Gold-Smith

20. Carolina Hurricanes (36-25-11) ▲

Previously 21st

Defeating the Lightning in overtime Saturday night was a nice way to end another discouraging campaign in Carolina, but the Hurricanes missed the playoffs yet again and won only two of their final seven contests. - Gold-Smith

21. Calgary Flames (37-35-10) ▼

Previously 20th

A disappointing season is made even worse when you consider the Flames moved an eventual lottery pick for defenseman Travis Hamonic. A second straight underwhelming year could also be bad news for head coach Glen Gulutzan. - Wilkins

22. New York Islanders (35-27-10) ▲

Previously 25th

The only thing that matters in Brooklyn right now is the immediate future of John Tavares. The Islanders' captain will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and a departure would be devastating for the franchise. - Wilkins

23. Edmonton Oilers (36-40-6) ▼

Previously 22nd

Imagine having Connor McDavid in your lineup and still missing the playoffs by nearly 20 points. The big concern in the Alberta capital is wondering whether last year's playoff team was a fluke and if this season's edition is closer to reality. - Wilkins

24. Chicago Blackhawks (33-39-10)

Previously 24th

The Blackhawks' days of chasing Cups are over, but the usual duo will be tasked with bringing the team back to contention; general manager Stan Bowman and head coach Joel Quenneville will both return next season. - Wilkins

25. Vancouver Canucks (31-40-11) ▲

Previously 30th

The Sedins are done, but the next wave is on the way in Vancouver, with Brock Boeser, who scored 29 goals as a rookie, Swedish recruit Elias Pettersson, and 2018 Hobey Baker Award winner Adam Gaudette in the fold. Lottery luck could also see the Canucks add to their budding prospect pool. - Wilkins

26. New York Rangers (34-39-9) ▼

Previously 23rd

The shake-up continued in Manhattan on Saturday with the dismissal of coach Alain Vigneault, whose exit followed the deadline departures of franchise mainstays Ryan McDonagh, Rick Nash, and J.T. Miller. Next up: Will the Rangers' rebuild successfully avoid the temptations of free agency this offseason? - Wilkins

27. Arizona Coyotes (29-41-12) ▲

Previously 28th

After posting a winning record once the calendar flipped to 2018, brighter days are ahead in the desert. Look for another busy offseason, as GM John Chayka has hinted that significant moves are to come. - Wilkins

28. Detroit Red Wings (30-39-13) ▼

Previously 26

If it wasn't evident already, the rebuild is on in Hockeytown, with the Red Wings deciding that GM Ken Holland is the right man to steer the franchise through that process. Obtaining three picks for Tomas Tatar at the trade deadline made for a strong start. - Wilkins

29. Montreal Canadiens (29-40-13) ▼

Previously 27th

This Canadiens' offseason plan looks a lot like last summer's agenda - upgrade up the middle. The experiment of Jonathan Drouin as a center failed, which means the addition of a top pivot must be the main priority for returning GM Marc Bergevin. - Wilkins

30. Ottawa Senators (28-43-11) ▼

Previously 29th

Putting protections on the first-rounder involved in the Matt Duchene deal proved to be a wise move by GM Pierre Dorion, as the Senators hold the second-best odds entering the draft lottery. Ottawa can defer its 2019 first-round pick to the Avalanche. - Wilkins

31. Buffalo Sabres (25-45-12)

Previously 31st

There's Jack Eichel, and there's more hope on the way in former first-rounders Alex Nylander and Casey Mittelstadt. Still, the Sabres' lack of depth was exposed this season. A full year at the helm for Jason Botterill should give the rookie GM plenty of ideas on where his squad needs help. - Wilkins

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NHL announces 1st round playoff schedule

The Boston Bruins fell in defeat Sunday, meaning the Tampa Bay Lightning have clinched the Atlantic Division. As a result, the eight series to open the Stanley Cup Playoffs are now set in stone:

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

Tampa Bay Lightning (A1) vs. New Jersey Devils (WC2)

Game Date Time (ET) Home TV
1 Thursday April 12 7 p.m. Lightning NHL Network / SN / TVA Sports
2 Saturday April 14 3 p.m. Lightning NBC / CNBC / SN360 / TVA Sports
3 Monday April 16 7:30 p.m. Devils CNBC / SN / TVA Sports
4 Wednesday April 18 7:30 p.m. Devils GOLF / SN / TVA Sports
*5 Saturday April 21 TBD Lightning TBD
*6 Monday April 23 TBD Devils TBD
*7 Wednesday April 25 TBD Lightning TBD

Boston Bruins (A2) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (A3)

Game Date Time (ET) Home TV
1 Thursday April 12 7 p.m. Bruins NBCSN / CBC / TVA Sports
2 Saturday April 14 8 p.m. Bruins NBC / CBC / TVA Sports
3 Monday April 16 7 p.m. Maple Leafs CBC / TVA Sports / NBCSN
4 Thursday April 19 7 p.m. Maple Leafs CBC / TVA Sports / NBCSN
*5 Saturday April 21 TBD Bruins TBD
*6 Monday April 23 TBD Maple Leafs TBD
*7 Wednesday April 25 TBD Bruins TBD

Metropolitan Division

Washington Capitals (M1) vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (WC1)

Game Date Time (ET) Home TV
1 Thursday April 12 7:30 p.m. Capitals USA / SN360 / TVA Sports
2 Sunday April 15 7:30 p.m. Capitals NBCSN / SN360 / TVA Sports
3 Tuesday April 17 7:30 p.m. Blue Jackets NBCSN / SN360 / TVA Sports
4 Thursday April 19 7:30 p.m. Blue Jackets USA / SN / TVA Sports
*5 Saturday April 21 TBD Capitals TBD
*6 Monday April 23 TBD Blue Jackets TBD
*7 Wednesday April 25 TBD Capitals TBD

Pittsburgh Penguins (M2) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (M3)

Game Date Time (ET) Home TV
1 Wednesday April 11 7 p.m. Penguins NBCSN / CBC / TVA Sports
2 Friday April 13 7 p.m. Penguins NBCSN / CBC / TVA Sports
3 Sunday April 15 3 p.m. Flyers NBC / CBC / TVA Sports
4 Wednesday April 18 7 p.m. Flyers NBCSN / CBC / TVA Sports
*5 Friday April 20 TBD Penguins TBD
*6 Sunday April 22 TBD Flyers TBD
*7 Tuesday April 24 TBD Penguins TBD

Western Conference

Central Division

Nashville Predators (C1) vs. Colorado Avalanche (WC2)

Game Date Time (ET) Home TV
1 Thursday April 12 9:30 p.m. Predators NBCSN / SN / TVA Sports
2 Saturday April 14 3 p.m. Predators NBC / CNBC / SN / TVA Sports
3 Monday April 16 10 p.m. Avalanche NBCSN / SN / TVA Sports
4 Wednesday April 18 10 p.m. Avalanche NBCSN / SN / TVA Sports
*5 Friday April 20 TBD Predators TBD
*6 Sunday April 22 TBD Avalanche TBD
*7 Tuesday April 24 TBD Predators TBD

Winnipeg Jets (C2) vs. Minnesota Wild (C3)

Game Date Time (ET) Home TV
1 Wednesday April 11 7 p.m. Jets SN / TVA Sports / CNBC
2 Friday April 13 7:30 p.m. Jets SN / TVA Sports / USA
3 Sunday April 15 7 p.m. Wild USA / SN / TVA Sports
4 Tuesday April 17 8 p.m. Wild CNBC / SN / TVA Sports
*5 Friday April 20 TBD Jets TBD
*6 Sunday April 22 TBD Wild TBD
*7 Wednesday April 25 TBD Jets TBD

Pacific Division

Vegas Golden Knights (P1) vs. Los Angeles Kings (WC1)

Game Date Time (ET) Home TV
1 Wednesday April 11 10 p.m. Knights NBCSN / CBC / TVA Sports
2 Friday April 13 10 p.m. Knights NBCSN / CBC / TVA Sports
3 Sunday April 15 10:30 p.m. Kings NBCSN / CBC / TVA Sports
4 Tuesday April 17 10:30 p.m. Kings NBCSN / CBC / TVA Sports
*5 Thursday April 19 10 p.m. Knights NBCSN / CBC / TVA Sports
*6 Saturday April 21 TBD Kings TBD
*7 Monday April 23 TBD Knights TBD

Anaheim Ducks (P2) vs. San Jose Sharks (P3)

Game Date Time (ET) Home TV
1 Thursday April 12 10:30 p.m. Ducks USA / SN360 / TVA Sports
2 Saturday April 14 10:30 p.m. Ducks NBCSN / SN360 / TVA Sports
3 Monday April 16 10:30 p.m. Sharks CNBC / SN1 / TVA Sports
4 Wednesday April 18 10:30 p.m. Sharks GOLF / SN1 / TVA Sports 
*5 Friday April 20 TBD Ducks TBD
*6 Sunday April 22 TBD Sharks TBD
*7 Tuesday April 24 TBD Ducks TBD

*If necessary
All times Eastern.
TBD: To be determined.

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5 best flows of the NHL season

When it comes to hockey, it's not just the flow of the game that's important.

While the NHL no longer features Jaromir Jagr's magnificent mullet or Kerry Fraser's stupendously stable pompadour, the league does boast its fair share of laudable lettuce these days.

This is certainly true in other sports as well, but hockey hair is a truly unique and remarkable thing.

Here are the five best flows in the NHL this season:

Brock Boeser

Boeser's resemblance to Prince Charming from "Shrek" has been well documented, and it is a bit uncanny.

Part of the reason for that common comparison is the Vancouver Canucks rookie's stellar mane.

It's not so much the length but the volume that gives Boeser his tremendous flow, and more importantly, the 21-year-old will be in the Calder Trophy conversation despite suffering a season-ending injury in early March.

Mathew Barzal

The Calder favorite's flow might not be the cleanest-looking of the bunch, but it is impressive in its own right.

Barzal, who's running away from the field in the rookie points race, doesn't have the hair volume that his first-year counterpart possesses, but he does appear to have the edge when it comes to length.

Sure, the New York Islanders phenom may not best Boeser in a flow-off, but he should take home the rookie hardware at the NHL Awards in June.

William Nylander

Nylander's play speaks for itself, but the young Toronto Maple Leafs forward's flow only makes him more likable.

The above photo doesn't even fully do it justice (unlike the one on his NHL.com player page), but there's no denying Nylander's hair is among the league's best.

Drew Doughty

Doughty isn't going to make many "most handsome" lists - when he smiles, anyway - thanks to the large gap in his teeth, but the veteran Los Angeles Kings blue-liner does have underrated flow.

Look no further than this if you're in need of any convincing.

While it's mostly young players boasting the best flow these days, Doughty is one of the more seasoned NHLers still holding it down.

Henrik Lundqvist

Seriously, just look at that.

Lundqvist has long set the standard among hockey players in the hair department, and he's still got it.

It was a disappointing season for him and the New York Rangers on the ice, but at least he still holds the crown when it comes to flow.

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Antipin suffered concussion, broken nose, dental injuries on Hartnell hit

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Victor Antipin has a concussion, a broken nose, facial lacerations, and dental injuries after being boarded by Scott Hartnell on Saturday night, the team announced Sunday.

With the season set to wrap in a week, it's safe to say Antipin won't play again during the 2017-18 campaign.

Antipin was stretchered off Saturday night and taken to the hospital, but he will travel with Buffalo out of Nashville, the Sabres added.

Hartnell was given a five-minute major for boarding on the play, and the Predators forward may still hear from the Department of Player Safety.

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NHL Power Rankings: Lightning continue to cruise, Sharks make huge leap

The 13th installment of theScore's NHL Power Rankings was put together by editors Ian McLaren, Cory Wilkins, and Craig Hagerman.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (51-20-4)

Previously 1st

This squad has been cruising all season, and tops the NHL in goal differential (+59). Expectations are high, and one gets the sense they'll strike hottest once the postseason rolls around. - McLaren

2. Winnipeg Jets (46-19-10)

Previously 4th

The Jets aren't resting on their laurels as the season winds down, as evidenced by a recent fight during practice and a current five-game win streak. Patrik Laine staying in the lineup after a foot injury scare sent history's biggest sigh of relief into the atmosphere. - McLaren

3. Boston Bruins (47-17-10)

Previously 3rd

Boston keeps rolling despite a host of injuries, and there's still a very real chance the Bruins can leapfrog the Lightning atop the Eastern Conference standings. For now, the priority is getting healthy, and getting Patrice Bergeron back is a huge first step. - McLaren

4. Nashville Predators (48-16-11)

Previously 2nd

Nashville already boasts a deep and talented roster, and the Predators appear set to add top prospect Eeli Tolvanen for the stretch run. A shootout loss to Winnipeg on Sunday, however, was their third straight game without a win.
- McLaren

5. Toronto Maple Leafs (45-23-7)

Previously 6th

Toronto's in the midst of one of the most successful regular seasons in franchise history, and will be rewarded with a playoff path that involves matchups with Tampa Bay and Boston (likely without home-ice advantage). Chances are these young guns are up to the task. - McLaren

6. Vegas Golden Knights (47-21-7)

Previously 5th

Vegas reached 100 points and is on the verge of clinching a playoff spot. There's not much more to be said about the Golden Knights' inaugural season, but the history books will be even more kind to them if it translates into a playoff run. - McLaren

7. San Jose Sharks (43-23-9) ▲

Previously 13th

San Jose is the hottest team in the league, and the acquisition of Evander Kane is paying off. Joe Thornton doesn't seem close to returning, though, and Logan Couture appears to have suffered an injury Saturday. Without those two, the Sharks have far less bite, but for now, they're swimming pretty. - McLaren

8. Washington Capitals (44-24-7) ▲

Previously 9th

Alex Ovechkin is scoring, Nicklas Backstrom is dishing, and the Capitals are back atop the Metropolitan Division. A refreshed and healthy Braden Holtby is needed for them to go any further in the playoffs this year. - McLaren

9. Minnesota Wild (42-24-9) ▼

Previously 8th

Coming off a big win over Nashville, the Wild are flying under the radar out West, while Eric Staal is playing some of the best hockey of his career.
- McLaren

10. Pittsburgh Penguins (43-27-6) ▼

Previously 7th

This team can never be counted out, and will only get stronger as the quest for Lord Stanley's mug approaches. - McLaren

11. Colorado Avalanche (41-26-8) ▲

Previously 18th

Three more wins will see the Avs double last year's abysmal 48-point finish, with center Nathan MacKinnon producing at a clip that should make him a strong Hart Trophy candidate. To say it's been a turnaround year in Denver would be an understatement. - Wilkins

12. St. Louis Blues (42-28-5) ▲

Previously 20th

For the second consecutive year, St. Louis sold off a key player and pending unrestricted free agent at the trade deadline. This time it was Paul Stastny, but his departure hasn't halted the streaking Blues. - Wilkins

13. Columbus Blue Jackets (42-29-5) ▲

Previously 14th

The 10-game win streak was snapped, but that string of victories is likely enough for the Blue Jackets to hold on to their playoff hopes. Deadline addition Thomas Vanek has been a surprising success since arriving in Columbus.
- Wilkins

14. Anaheim Ducks (39-24-13) ▼

Previously 10th

The Ducks didn't play Saturday, but that didn't stop them from sliding to the second wild card, then out of the playoffs, then up to the third spot in the Pacific. Expect more of the same in Anaheim as the Ducks close out their regular season schedule. - Wilkins

15. Philadelphia Flyers (38-25-13) ▼

Previously 11th

The bloom has come off new goaltender Petr Mrazek, who put up a strong showing through his early goings in Philadelphia but now owns just five wins and an ugly .886 save percentage across 13 appearances. - Wilkins

16. New Jersey Devils (39-28-8)

Previously 16th

With star netminder Cory Schneider struggling, other Devils have stepped up, including Nico Hischier, who put up four goals in his last six outings. That stretch included New Jersey's third win over the Lightning. - Wilkins

17. Los Angeles Kings (41-28-7) ▲

Previously 19th

For a team in the thick of the playoff race, the Kings certainly aren't making things easy on themselves, as they've picked up just three wins in their past seven contests. Los Angeles will need to up its game over its final six outings.
- Wilkins

18. Florida Panthers (38-28-7) ▼

Previously 15th

The Panthers still hold games in hand in the Eastern Conference's wild-card race, but they haven't done themselves any favors. Losses to basement clubs like Buffalo, Edmonton, and Ottawa (twice) could come back to bite them.
- Wilkins

19. Dallas Stars (38-30-8) ▼

Previously 12th

The Stars' "road trip from hell" is over, and apparently just in the nick of time. After dropping six straight away from home, it's now all about picking up points, but that may be difficult for Dallas with starter Ben Bishop back on the shelf.
- Wilkins

20. Calgary Flames (35-31-10) ▼

Previously 17th

Imagine trading a lottery pick (and more) for Travis Hamonic and then missing the playoffs. That's the reality the Flames face as they sit nine points back of a postseason berth. - Wilkins

21. Carolina Hurricanes (33-31-11)

Previously 21st

The chase is all but over in Carolina, with the Hurricanes sitting nine points out of the playoff picture. The offseason overhaul now begins, with new owner Thomas Dundon concluding his search for a new GM. - Wilkins

22. Edmonton Oilers (34-36-6)

Previously 23rd

The Oilers have been the talk of the league recently. Scratch that. Connor McDavid has been the talk of the league. Elsewhere, Edmonton's mediocre play has continued. - Hagerman

23. New York Rangers (33-34-8)

Previously 24th

The Rangers continue to play .500 hockey down the stretch. They could benefit from losing a couple more games, though. That could very well happen, as the team will dress a less experienced lineup going forward, with star rookies Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil set to get some valuable playing time.
- Hagerman

24. Chicago Blackhawks (31-36-9)

Previously 26th

Two. That's the number of teams the Blackhawks have a better record than in the Western Conference after dropping six straight games. GM Stan Bowman will have lots of work to do in the offseason. - Hagerman

25. New York Islanders (31-34-10)

Previously 22nd

A team that sat on the edge of a playoff spot for much of the season has plummeted in recent weeks. Now 14 points out of the final wild-card spot in the East, it will be interesting to see how the John Tavares saga concludes.
- Hagerman

26. Detroit Red Wings (27-37-11)

Previously 27th

With one win in their last 10 games, the Red Wings are two points away from sitting second-last in the East. Of course, with eight draft picks in the first four rounds, their late-season slump is likely for the best. - Hagerman

27. Montreal Canadiens (27-37-12)

Previously 25th

Carey Price is back and healthy, but he has allowed 11 goals in the two games since his return. He and Montreal need a reset, and perhaps a legit No. 1 center come next season. - Hagerman

28. Arizona Coyotes (25-39-11)

Previously 29th

The Coyotes have gone 5-5-0 in their last 10, but their hot play of late has taken them out of the best lottery position. They're still in the league basement, but should be careful they don't play themselves out of it in the final weeks.
- Hagerman

29. Ottawa Senators (26-37-11)

Previously 28th

The Senators just allowed 18 goals during their three-game homestand. That about sums up their season. It's been bad on the ice and off, and luckily the sweet release of golf season isn't much further. - Hagerman

30. Vancouver Canucks (27-40-9)

Previously 31st

The Canucks have scored just 17 goals in 10 games since rookie phenom Brock Boeser went down with an injury. They're putting up decent efforts nightly, but the results aren't there. To be honest, it's the best-case scenario for a rebuilding club. - Hagerman

31. Buffalo Sabres (23-40-12)

Previously 30th

Much like the Canadiens with Price, the Sabres got their top star in Jack Eichel back from injury but have little to show for it. The 21-year-old has one assist in five games since his return and the team has lost four straight. Makes you wonder if it was worth bringing him back in the first place. - Hagerman

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Karlsson releases statement following loss of infant son

Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson and wife Melinda released a statement following the death of their infant son.

Karlsson didn't play in Tuesday's game, and there's no word on when he may rejoin the Senators.

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