NHL Quick Hits: Playoff Odds and Races, Sabres, Wild, Islanders, Cooper and 50 Goal Scorers
Tyson Barrie most regular season goals by an Avs/Nordiques defenseman
Playoff Odds

That isn’t good drafting

Jerry Sullivan: “The Sabres haven’t drafted a player in the second round or later who scored 20 goals in a season for Buffalo since Derek Roy and Jason Pominville, who were drafted in 2001.”

Read on waivers

Michael Russo: The Minnesota Wild put Matt Read on waivers. Would appear that Joel Eriksson Ek and/or Zach Parise are ready to return to the lineup tonight.

Wahlstrom signs ELC

Brett Cyrgalis: The New York Islanders have signed 2018 first-round draft pick Oliver Wahlstrom to a three-year entry-level deal. Likely to sign an ATO and finish the season with Bridgeport of the AHL.

Record-setting Barrie

NHL Public Relations: Tyson Barrie scored 73rd regular season goal passing Sandis Ozolinsh as the most by a Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques defenseman.

Most 50-goal seasons

Sportsnet Stats: Most 50-goal seasons.

Wayne Gretzky – 9
Mike Bossy – 9
Alex Ovechkin – 7
Marcel Dionne – 6
Guy Lafleur – 6
Mario Lemieux – 6

Highest coaching winning percentage

Matt Larkin: Coaches with 500 or more NHL games – only Scotty Bowman at .657 has a higher winning percentage than Tampa Bay Lightning’s Jon Cooper – .644.

Playoff races