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Avalanche claim President’s Trophy with win over Kings

Los Angeles Kings v Colorado Avalanche Photo by RJ Sangosti/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The Colorado Avalanche blasted the Los Angeles Kings by a 5-1 count to jump the Vegas Golden Knights for first place in the Honda West Division.

In addition to winning its division, the Avalanche, who accumulated 82 points, won the President’s Trophy and now have home ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

The playoff puzzle is now complete as Colorado will face the fourth place St. Louis Blues while the Golden Knights will do battle with the third place Minnesota Wild.

All first round Florida Panthers games will be on Bally Sports Florida

Bally Sports Florida has announced the local television schedule and broadcast plans for the Panthers’ First Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series versus the Tampa Bay Lightning. Live coverage of Game 1 will start Sunday, May 16 at 7 p.m. with the “Panthers Live” pregame show on Bally Sports Florida.

Play-by-play announcer Steve “Goldie” Goldstein and color analyst Randy Moller will provide viewers with commentary throughout the first round. Host Jessica Blaylock, in-game reporter Katie Gaus and analysts Ed Jovanovski and Jeff Chychrun round out the broadcast team. Goldstein and Moller will call home games from BB&T Center and travel to Tampa to call away games from AMALIE Arena, while all other broadcasters will provide coverage from BB&T Center for home games and the Bally Sports studio for away games. All games will feature “Panthers Live” pre-and-postgame coverage.

Panthers fans can get their first-round fix on Bally Sports Florida beginning on Friday, May 14 at 9 p.m. with the premiere of the “Playoff Preview Show.” The 30-minute program is a must-watch for hockey fans on both sides of the Sunshine State rivalry as Jessica, Randy and Ed revisit Florida’s phenomenal regular season, looks ahead to the road to the Stanley Cup and preview the first-round series with Bally Sports Sun – Tampa Bay Lightning broadcaster’s Paul Kennedy, Brian Engblom and Dave Andreychuk. The show will air throughout the weekend leading up to Sunday’s Game 1.