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Oct 18, 2021

Assessing NHL overreactions: Can McDavid score 200? Will the Sabres make the playoffs?
With close to a week in the books, here are 10 early overreactions -- and whether they're delusional, or trends that will continue.

ESPN NHL
Oct 18, 2021

For a wrestling coach and a daughter of an NHL icon, 'ALS stands for A Love Story'
Randel McCoy and Brianna LaFontaine had been dating for about six months when a devastating diagnosis changed the future they had hoped to build.

ESPN NHL
Oct 17, 2021

Hayes family: Fentanyl was in ex-NHLer's system
Former NHL player Jimmy Hayes had cocaine and fentanyl in his system when he died, his family told The Boston Globe on Sunday. They hope sharing his story "can save someone's life."

ESPN NHL
Oct 17, 2021

Maple Leafs atop NHL's most valued list at $2B
Original Six teams, led by the Maple Leafs at $2 billion, make up top five of NHL's most valued teams, according to data compiled by Sportico.

ESPN NHL
Oct 16, 2021

Golden Knights lose Pacioretty, Stone to injuries
The Vegas Golden Knights, off to a bit of a sluggish start at 1-1, lost two more players when forward Max Pacioretty and captain Mark Stone were injured Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings, adding key names to a long list of inactives.

ESPN NHL
Oct 15, 2021

Red Wings' Larkin suspended 1 game for punch
The NHL said Dylan Larkin was suspended for retaliating to Mathieu Joseph's hit from behind with a punch in the face when the opponent was not suspecting it.

ESPN NHL
Oct 15, 2021

Fantasy hockey: Forecaster for the week of Oct. 18 to Oct. 24
Your essential guide to setting fantasy hockey lineups that take full advantage of every NHL team's strength of schedule.

ESPN NHL
Oct 15, 2021

Bruins sign McAvoy to 8-year, $76M extension
Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who inherited the No. 1 defenseman role for Boston last season, has signed an eight-year, $76 million contract extension.

ESPN NHL
Oct 15, 2021

PHF updates transgender, non-binary policy
The Premier Hockey Federation has updated its policy for transgender and non-binary athletes, providing -- among other information -- guidance on hormone use for transitioning male athletes.

ESPN NHL
Oct 15, 2021

Source: Bruins, McAvoy reach 8-year, $76M deal
Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who inherited the No. 1 defenseman role for Boston last season, has agreed to an eight-year, $76 million contract extension, a source told ESPN.

ESPN NHL
Oct 15, 2021

Viewers guide to Wild-Ducks on ESPN
We've got a captivating early-season matchup as Kirill Kaprizov & Co. head out west to take on John Gibson and the feisty Ducks.

ESPN NHL
Oct 14, 2021

Avs' Landeskog suspended 2 games for boarding
Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog has been suspended without pay for boarding Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach in the season opener.

ESPN NHL
Oct 14, 2021

Senators sign Tkachuk to 7-year, $57.5M deal
The Senators have signed forward Brady Tkachuk -- their scoring leader the past two seasons -- to a seven-year, $57.5 million contract.

ESPN NHL
Oct 14, 2021

Maple Leafs tops NHL's most valued list at $2B
Original Six teams, led by the Maple Leafs at $2 billion, make up top five of NHL's most valued teams, according to data compiled by Sportico.

ESPN NHL
Oct 14, 2021

Wyshynski: Why the Islanders will win the Stanley Cup
After appraising all 32 NHL teams ahead of the 2021-22 season, our senior writer believes the Cup will be headed back to Nassau County.

ESPN NHL
Oct 14, 2021

'Am I going to be all right?' Blue Jackets' Merzlikins tries to move on after death of Kivlenieks
Countrymen, teammates and fellow goalies, Elvis Merzlikins and Matiss Kivlenieks were more than best friends. After Kivlenieks' death in a fireworks accident this offseason, Merzlikins must carry on without his "little brother."

ESPN NHL
Oct 14, 2021

Ovechkin gets career goal 732, now 5th all time
Alex Ovechkin scored twice in Washington's 5-1 win over the Rangers. His 732 career goals rank No. 5 all-time in the NHL.

ESPN NHL
Oct 13, 2021

Ovechkin gets career goal 732, now 5th all-time
Alex Ovechkin scored twice in Washington's 5-1 win over the Rangers. His 732 career goals rank No. 5 all-time in the NHL.

ESPN NHL
Oct 13, 2021

Leafs agree to helmet decal deal with TikTok
The Toronto Maple Leafs sported TikTok decals on their helmets Wednesday night after the team's parent company agreed to a one-year deal with the social media platform.

ESPN NHL
Oct 13, 2021

Preds sign Ekholm to 4-year, $25M extension
The Predators signed defenseman Mattias Ekholm to a four-year, $25 million extension on Wednesday.

ESPN NHL
Oct 13, 2021

Caps: Ovechkin game-time decision vs. Rangers
Capitals star winger Alex Ovechkin was back at practice Wednesday after being out with a lower-body injury, but he'll remain a game-time decision for Washington's season opener against the New York Rangers.

ESPN NHL
Oct 13, 2021

Devils adding ads from Black-owned businesses
The Devils will have helmet ads from Black-owned businesses for 13 games this season through an arrangement with Prudential. It's the first time an NHL helmet sponsor has donated that space.

ESPN NHL
Oct 12, 2021

NHL Opening Night 2021 -- Best moments from Tampa Bay Lightning's banner raising, the Seattle Kraken's first game and more
The NHL is back and the 2021 regular season kicks off with a doubleheader featuring a championship team and a fresh new franchise in their first season.

ESPN NHL
Oct 12, 2021

Penguins captain Crosby (wrist) misses opener
Sidney Crosby is still recovering from a September wrist surgery and will miss the Penguins' season opener against Tampa on Tuesday.

ESPN NHL
Oct 12, 2021

Bettman says only four NHL players unvaccinated
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league has just four unvaccinated players as the season begins.

ESPN NHL
Oct 12, 2021

NHL Opening Day 2021 -- Best moments from Tampa Bay Lightning's banner raising, the Seattle Kraken's first game and more
The NHL is back and the 2021 regular season kicks off with a doubleheader featuring a championship team and a fresh new franchise in their first season.

ESPN NHL
Oct 12, 2021

Avs' MacKinnon to miss opener with COVID-19
Avalanche star Nathan McKinnon will miss Wednesday's season opener against the Blackhawks with a breakthrough case of COVID-19.

ESPN NHL
Oct 12, 2021

Caps' Ovechkin questionable for opener vs. NYR
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is questionable to play in Wednesday's season opener against the New York Rangers.

ESPN NHL
Oct 12, 2021

Canadiens, rising star Suzuki have $63M deal
The Canadiens have reached agreement on an eight-year, $63 million deal with Nick Suzuki.

ESPN NHL
Oct 12, 2021

Answering the biggest questions of the 2021-22 NHL season
Can the Lightning do it again? How will the Kraken fare? Who will surprise (and disappoint) and who will win it all? Our experts weigh in.

ESPN NHL
Oct 12, 2021

Viewers guide to NHL opening night: Key intel for Lightning-Penguins, Knights-Kraken
Get ready for ESPN's opening-night doubleheader with intel on how to watch, players to monitor, statistical insights and more.

ESPN NHL
Oct 12, 2021

Best bets for the 2021-22 NHL season
The NHL is ready for a full season of games. Our betting experts offer best bets and props for the NHL season.

ESPN NHL
Oct 12, 2021

How to watch NHL games on ESPN, ABC, ESPN and Hulu
Everything you need to know about how to watch the NHL on ESPN networks.

ESPN NHL
Oct 12, 2021

Lapsed fan's guide to the 2021-22 NHL season
Miss anything this offseason? Miss EVERYTHING this offseason? We're here to get you caught up before the first puck drops.

ESPN NHL
Oct 12, 2021

Stanley Cup, division winners and awards picks
Who will win the Stanley Cup? Who are the favorites for the Hart, Norris and Vezina? Here are our picks.

ESPN NHL
Oct 12, 2021

Viewer's guide to NHL opening night: Key intel for Lightning-Penguins, Knights-Kraken
Get ready for ESPN's opening-night doubleheader with intel on how to watch, players to monitor, statistical insights and more.

ESPN NHL
Oct 12, 2021

2021-22 NHL season picks: Stanley Cup, division winners and awards
Who will win the Stanley Cup? Who are the favorites for the Hart, Norris and Vezina? Here are our picks.

ESPN NHL
Oct 12, 2021

ESPN In The Crease podcast: How to listen, episode guide and more
Catch up with Linda Cohn and Emily Kaplan as they discuss the latest news around the league, and interview the biggest stars.

ESPN NHL
Oct 11, 2021

Penguins captain Crosby (wrist) to miss opener
Sidney Crosby is still recovering from a September wrist surgery and will miss the Penguins season opener against Tampa on Tuesday.

ESPN NHL
Oct 11, 2021

Fantasy hockey training camp wrap up: Notes from all 32 teams
Before the puck drops on ESPN tomorrow night, catch up with the latest news and notes from training camp as Victoria Matiash goes inside each team's roster moves.

ESPN NHL
Oct 11, 2021

Kraken have 5 in COVID protocol prior to debut
Jared McCann, Joonas Donskoi, Marcus Johansson and Jamie Oleksiak have joined Calle Jarnkrok on the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list prior to the expansion Seattle Kraken playing in its first-ever game Tuesday.

ESPN NHL
Oct 11, 2021

Blackhawks bring back defenseman Gustafsson
The Blackhawks brought back Erik Gustafsson on Monday, agreeing to a one-year contract with the defenseman.

ESPN NHL
Oct 11, 2021

Women set to officiate AHL games for first time
The AHL will have 10 women officiating games this season -- a historic move that could pave the way for a woman to one day officiate an NHL game.

ESPN NHL
Oct 11, 2021

How to bet on hockey: The ins and outs of wagering on the NHL
How popular is NHL betting? What are the options for wagers? We're here to provide some clarity.

ESPN NHL
Oct 11, 2021

Lightning give coach Cooper 3-year extension
The Lightning have signed coach Jon Cooper to a three-year extension.

ESPN NHL
Oct 11, 2021

Lapsed fan's guide to 2021-22 NHL season
Miss anything this offseason? Miss EVERYTHING this offseason? We're here to get you caught up before the first puck drops.

ESPN NHL
Oct 11, 2021

'I could be free and go play hockey': NHL prospect Luke Prokop tells his coming out story
Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop, 19, came out publicly as gay in 2021 and is the only active out player signed to an NHL contract.

ESPN NHL
Oct 11, 2021

Coming Out Day: The full interviews, as told to ESPN
ESPN spoke to 17 out LGBTQ athletes from around the world, across every inhabited continent, about their coming out experiences for International Coming Out day on October 11.

ESPN NHL
Oct 11, 2021

17 LGBTQ athletes share their coming out journeys
ESPN spoke to 17 out LGBTQ athletes from around the world, across every inhabited continent, about their coming out experiences for Coming Out day on Oct. 11.

ESPN NHL
Oct 10, 2021

Rangers, Zibanejad agree to 8-year, $68M deal
The Rangers and center Mika Zibanejad agreed Sunday to an eight-year contract worth $68 million.

ESPN NHL
Oct 09, 2021

Pens' Crosby returns to practice following surgery
Sidney Crosby returned to practice for the Penguins, but his status for Tuesday's regular-season opener against Tampa Bay has yet to be determined.

ESPN NHL
Oct 08, 2021

Leafs, Sens, Raptors OK'd for capacity crowds
Ontario's major indoor professional sports teams have been given the green light to host capacity crowds.

ESPN NHL
Oct 08, 2021

Ovechkin injured in Capitals' preseason finale
Alex Ovechkin left the Washington Capitals' preseason finale against Philadelphia on Friday night with what the team called a lower-body injury.

ESPN NHL
Oct 08, 2021

Fantasy hockey: Top ten players who impressed in the preseason
Victoria Matiash looks at the ten players who have impressed the most so far this preseason.

ESPN NHL
Oct 08, 2021

Fantasy hockey: Forecaster for the week of Oct. 12 to Oct. 17
Your essential guide to setting fantasy hockey lineups that take full advantage of every NHL team's strength of schedule.

ESPN NHL
Oct 08, 2021

Source: Panthers lock up Barkov with $80M deal
Aleksander Barkov has agreed to an eight-year, $80 million contract with the Panthers, a source told ESPN on Friday.

ESPN NHL
Oct 08, 2021

How to watch the NHL on ESPN, ESPN , ABC and Hulu
Everything you need to know about how to watch the NHL on ESPN, ESPN , ABC and Hulu.

ESPN NHL
Oct 08, 2021

NHL season megapreview: Power rankings, X factors, bold predictions and more
Get all of the key intel you need on every NHL team ahead of opening night.

ESPN NHL
Oct 07, 2021

Islanders-Devils canceled due to power outage
Thursday's preseason game between the Devils and Islanders was canceled due to a power outage in part of Prudential Center

ESPN NHL
Oct 07, 2021

Flames' Coleman suspended for boarding Harkins
Calgary forward Blake Coleman was suspended for one preseason game and one regular-season game without pay Thursday.

ESPN NHL
Oct 07, 2021

The new season opens Tuesday: How to watch the NHL on ESPN, ESPN , ABC and Hulu
Everything you need to know about how to watch the NHL on ESPN, ESPN , ABC and Hulu.

ESPN NHL
Oct 07, 2021

Staples: Own vax rules unchanged by L.A. order
In the wake of the L.A. ordinance, Staples Center said it "will continue to follow the protocols established by the (LACDPH) which requires guests to show proof of being fully vaccinated or providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to."

ESPN NHL
Oct 07, 2021

Kane, Matthews, Jones first picks for U.S. hockey
Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane and defenseman Seth Jones and Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews were the first three players named to the U.S. Olympic men's hockey team Thursday.

ESPN NHL
Oct 07, 2021

Avs' Bednar tests positive; Francouz out weeks
Avalanche coach Jared Bednar has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the next two preseason games, while backup goaltender Pavel Francouz will miss approximately three to four weeks due to a lower-body injury.

ESPN NHL
Oct 07, 2021

Habs' Price takes leave, enters player assistance
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has taken voluntary leave to enter the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program.

ESPN NHL
Oct 07, 2021

Fantasy hockey roundtable: Goalie sleepers and bounce-back candidates
Before the 2021-22 NHL season, our fantasy hockey experts give you their picks for goalie sleepers and bounce-back candidates.

ESPN NHL
Oct 07, 2021

Hot seat rankings for NHL players, coaches, GMs
From players who have fallen off their star trajectory, to coaches and GMs who are in must-win mode, here's the lay of the land as the season begins.

ESPN NHL
Oct 06, 2021

Promising rookie Byfield out indefinitely for Kings
Los Angeles Kings forward Quinton Byfield, 19, a highly touted rookie already being mentioned as a candidate for the Calder Trophy, suffered a left-ankle fracture in Wednesday's preseason game against the Arizona Coyotes and is out indefinitely.

ESPN NHL
Oct 06, 2021

Canadiens' Price likely to miss start of season
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is "not doing well right now" as he recovers from a non-COVID-19 illness and not expected to be ready for next week's season opener at Toronto.

ESPN NHL
Oct 06, 2021

Source: Sharks' Kane may have fake vaccine card
As the regular season nears, the NHL is looking into allegations that embattled San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane submitted a fake COVID-19 vaccination card, a source confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.

ESPN NHL
Oct 06, 2021

Galchenyuk returns to Coyotes on one-year deal
Forward Alex Galchenyuk, who played for the Coyotes during the 2018-19 season, has returned to the team on a one-year deal. He played for Ottawa and Toronto last season.

ESPN NHL
Oct 06, 2021

2021-22 ESPN Fantasy hockey draft kit
Everything you need to know to draft your fantasy hockey team.

ESPN NHL
Oct 06, 2021

Can Alex Ovechkin still break Wayne Gretzky's goal-scoring record?
Ovechkin is at 730 goals, with his sights set on Gretzky's record of 894. Teammates past and present, along with NHL stars and Hall of Famers, weigh in.

ESPN NHL
Oct 06, 2021

Kings' Byfield injured; linesman stretchered off
Quinton Byfield, the second overall pick in the 2020 draft, suffered a lower body injury in Tuesday night's preseason game. Linesman Ryan Gibbons was hurt in a collision with a player after the national anthem, and his condition was not immediately known.

ESPN NHL
Oct 06, 2021

Kings' Byfield injured, linesman stretchered off
Quinton Byfield, the second overall pick in the 2020 draft, suffered a lower body injury in Tuesday night's preseason game. Linesman Ryan Gibbons was hurt in a collision with a player after the national anthem, and his condition was not immediately known.

ESPN NHL
Oct 05, 2021

Fantasy hockey roundtable: Breakouts players and rookie picks
Before the 2021-22 NHL season, our fantasy hockey experts give you their picks for breakout players and top rookies.

ESPN NHL
Oct 05, 2021

Lehner talks pain med allegations with NHL, PA
Vegas goaltender Robin Lehner, after talking to the NHL and NHLPA about his allegations of teams giving players pain medication without prescriptions, said his advocacy efforts will likely be less public going forward.

ESPN NHL
Oct 05, 2021

NHL eyes Mexico as next area in expanding Latino fan base
From Mexican American Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews to the front office, the NHL is keen on the idea of following in the footsteps of other leagues and having a presence south of the border.

ESPN NHL
Oct 05, 2021

NHL eyes Mexico as next frontier in expanding Latino fan base
From Mexican American Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews to the front office, the NHL is keen on the idea of following in the footsteps of other leagues and having a presence south of the border.

ESPN NHL
Oct 05, 2021

How NHL arenas are welcoming hockey fans back
Vaccine guidelines vary across North America. Here's how teams have adjusted their in-person experiences for 2021-22.

ESPN NHL
Oct 04, 2021

Preds asst. Richards recovering from heart attack
Nashville Predators assistant coach Todd Richards is recovering after having a heart attack Friday, the team said.

ESPN NHL
Oct 04, 2021

Flyers coach disappointed by Lehner accusations
Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said Monday he was "disappointed" by Robin Lehner's accusation that seemed to implicate Vigneault and the Flyers in the medial malpractice of players.

ESPN NHL
Oct 03, 2021

Canucks sign Pettersson, Hughes to new deals
The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed Elias Pettersson to a three-year deal and Quinn Hughes to a six-year deal.

ESPN NHL
Oct 03, 2021

Vegas' Lehner accuses NHL teams of malpractice
Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner accused NHL teams of offering benzodiazepines and Ambien to players without prescriptions.

ESPN NHL
Oct 02, 2021

No timetable for Capitals' Backstrom to return
Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said there is no timetable for his return from a hip injury, making him a long shot to play in the season opener Oct. 13 against the New York Rangers.

ESPN NHL
Oct 02, 2021

Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Auston Matthews lead the 2021-22 rankings.
Prepare for your draft with the 2021-22 ESPN fantasy hockey draft rankings.

ESPN NHL
Oct 01, 2021

Canucks say Hamonic isn't opting out of season
Canucks general manager Jim Benning said Friday that defenseman Travis Hamonic isn't opting out of the NHL season, but has yet to join the team.

ESPN NHL
Oct 01, 2021

Source: Pettersson, Hughes re-sign with Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks have signed Elias Pettersson to a three-year deal and Quinn Hughes to a six-year deal, a source confirmed to ESPN.

ESPN NHL
Oct 01, 2021

Unvaccinated Blue Jackets F Rinaldo won't play
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Zac Rinaldo, who has chosen not to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, will remain under contract but not play for them or their AHL affiliate to start the season.

ESPN NHL
Sep 30, 2021

Fantasy hockey: Power play opportunities to watch
Special teams points matter in fantasy hockey scoring, so Sean Allen looks at key opportunities on top power play for draft picks

ESPN NHL
Sep 30, 2021

NHL teams mull dress code as Coyotes ease rules
As the 2021-22 NHL season opens, the Coyotes are the only team with plans to fully relax its game-day dress code for players, according to an ESPN survey of all 32 teams.

ESPN NHL
Sep 30, 2021

Six NHL teams in need of a serious uniform redesign
Aesthetics matter in hockey. As the NHL season approaches, we focus on what really matters: teams most in need of a jersey refresh.

ESPN NHL
Sep 29, 2021

Fantasy hockey points league: Top peripheral category scorers
Victoria Matiash breaks down the best points league players who rack up the peripheral categories to be fantasy hockey starters even if the goals were to dry up.

ESPN NHL
Sep 29, 2021

Ukranian league suspends Deniskin over gesture
The Ukrainian Hockey League has suspended HC Kremenchuk forward Andrei Deniskin for a minimum of three games for making a racist gesture at defenseman Jalen Smereck of HC Donbass in a game Sunday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 28, 2021

Devils' Blackwood unvaccinated, may miss games
Mackenzie Blackwood, 24, who's prepared to enter the season as the Devils' No. 1 goaltender, said Tuesday that he has chosen not to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, making him potentially unavailable for some of New Jersey's games this season.

ESPN NHL
Sep 28, 2021

Smereck to sit until UHL bans player for gesture
American-born defenseman Jalen Smereck, who is Black, said he would be "taking a personal leave of absence ... and I will not play another game in the UHL until Andrei Deniskin is suspended and removed from the league" for making a racist gesture.

ESPN NHL
Sep 28, 2021

Tom Brady's return to New England with Buccaneers latest homecoming by an iconic athlete
As the legendary QB prepares to return to Gillette Stadium with Tampa Bay, ESPN reporters take you inside other notable return games in sports.

ESPN NHL
Sep 28, 2021

NHL goalie tandem rankings: Why the Islanders reign supreme
After a wild offseason that saw many starting-caliber goalies switch teams, who has the best duo in the league? We rank them 1 to 32.

ESPN NHL
Sep 27, 2021

Blackhawks' Lankinen removed from COVID list
Blackhawks goaltender Kevin Lankinen practiced Monday after he was removed from the COVID-19 protocol list. His absence doesn't necessarily mean he tested positive for COVID-19.

ESPN NHL
Sep 27, 2021

Every regular season NHL game on ESPN
Hockey fans across Australia and New Zealand will see every single NHL game this upcoming season, with ESPN unveiling its broadcasting agreement for the 2021-22 season.

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