How the Canaries became a hockey powerhouse |

Canaries are a long way from being a dynasty, but they are certainly on the rise, and with that comes the opportunity for the franchise to be a serious contender in the Eastern Conference.

The Canaries have been in the NHL since 1996, when they were acquired by the Florida Panthers for forward Ron Hextall, defenseman Brad McCrimmon and a seventh-round draft pick in 2000.

Since then, they have won seven straight Stanley Cup Championships, three Eastern Conference championships and a pair of Conference finals.

The Canucks haven’t been to the conference finals since 2008, but after winning three straight in 2010 and 2013, they were a playoff team in 2016.

But a four-game series loss in the first round in 2017 sent them into another season-ending collapse.

After losing in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1995, the Canucks will look to rebound against the Penguins on Thursday night.

The Panthers have been a regular thorn in the Canucks’ side this season, winning the Presidents’ Trophy in 2018 and 2017 and advancing to the Conference Finals in 2016 and 2018.

Their last playoff appearance came in 2016, when the Canucks lost in seven games to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, is in its sixth season of being a Stanley Cup contender.

After a 1-5-0 start, they’ve picked up three straight victories to open the season.

The Penguins will look for their first win of the season on Thursday.

After going 3-2-1 in the regular season, the Penguins have dropped four straight and have lost six of their past seven.

They’ll also be looking to get back on track after losing four straight to the Blackhawks, who they face in Game 4 of the Eastern conference semifinals.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are 6-0-0 when winning their past five games.

The Washington Capitals have gone 3-0 in their past four games and will look in their favor with a 5-2 win against the Boston Bruins on Thursday at Verizon Center.

The Capitals have won three straight, including a 3-1 win in Game 6 of the Stanley Series last season.

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