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NHL season preview: Power rankings, best- and worst-case scenarios and bold predictions

The 2021-22 NHL season is being called a return to normalcy. Last season was an unprecedented one for the NHL due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Four geographically realigned divisions, including one solely comprising Canadian teams; teams playing only opponents within those divisions; and a new playoff format that eschewed wild-card teams. But it ended just […]

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Lingering questions for all 32 NHL teams heading into training camp: Goaltending, lineup, injuries, more

But now that fall is officially set to begin on Thursday, it’s also time for training camps around the NHL to open, as we look ahead to opening night of the season on Oct. 11. To help get you ready for the next few weeks — as teams decide on which players make the roster, […]

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Fantasy hockey dynasty ranks: What will the NHL look like in 2027

Well, we know their age. We also know what kind of production they have put up in the past. But beyond those two criteria, we don’t really know a whole lot. We can certainly guess a lot. In January 2018, ESPN asked me to do the first one of these dynasty rankings. While I didn’t […]

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Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon laments ‘really bad’ team performance in Game 2 loss to St. Louis Blues

Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon was direct in his assessment of his team’s effort in a 4-1 Game 2 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. “We were bad. We were really bad tonight,” MacKinnon said with the Western Conference second-round series now tied 1-1. “We just didn’t have our jump tonight. But […]

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Fantasy hockey rankings: Championship week best pickups

If the Toronto Maple Leafs pull away from the Tampa Bay Lightning a little more over the next couple of games, they might be in a position to rest toward the end of the season. The Calgary Flames might be in a position soon where their seeding won’t change, but they still might need to […]

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Fantasy hockey rankings: The returns and debuts most important to their teams

Thankfully, however, most of the races are being kept tight enough that teams won’t be able to consider resting players for at least a couple of weeks. Even though the teams in the postseason in the Eastern Conference are all but officially settled, there is enough jostling for seeding left that teams likely won’t be […]

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Fantasy hockey rankings: Six skaters who carry their team’s fantasy scoring

I shouldn’t flippantly say they’re not embracing it though. Dobson, for what it’s worth, is now earning the ice time deserved by his play this season — but it took a while for that to come around, including a visit to the press box at one point. But he looks secure now as the offensive […]

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Fantasy hockey rankings: Boudreau to Vancouver fantasy impact

Not all coaching changes are created equal. When Andrew Brunette took over the Florida Panthers, for example, he has stepping in to take the reins of an already-successful team and wasn’t going to tinker much. We had Mike Yeo step in as new coach of the Philadelphia Flyers this week, but he doesn’t have a […]

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Fantasy hockey rankings: The “set it and forget it” all stars

When it comes to the skaters on your roster, they can do OK for prolonged periods of time without constant attention. Aside from making changes to your injured reserve, you can compete in fantasy with a standing roster of skaters. Goaltenders, on the other hand, require a little more attention. Through a combination of scheduling, […]

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Fantasy hockey rankings: Seven players who drive their team’s scoring

But beyond the obvious names, there are a few less obvious ones sprinkled among the players who are the biggest contributors to their team’s scoring. Shayne Gostisbehere, D, Arizona Coyotes (point on 52.2 percent of team’s goals, second in NHL): While he’s close to Draisaitl in percentage, it is a little less impressive since the […]

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