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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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Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre’s charity donated to University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Foundation while he pushed for state funds

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre’s charity, Favre 4 Hope, donated more than $130,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Foundation from 2018 to 2020, according to tax records obtained by ESPN on Wednesday. During this same period, Favre was trying to raise money for a new volleyball stadium at the university, where he played […]

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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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Chicago Blackhawks acquire goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in trade with Vegas Golden Knights

The Golden Knights received minor league forward Mikael Hakkarainen in return. Fleury, however, is contemplating his future after his agent, Allan Walsh, said the three-time Stanley Cup-winning goaltender was caught off guard by the trade, with sources telling ESPN that he found out about it via social media. “While Marc-Andre Fleury still hasn’t heard from […]

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New Jersey Devils eye next season, sign goaltender Nico Daws, 20, to entry-level contract

General manager Tom Fitzgerald announced the signing of the team’s third-round pick in the 2020 draft. Daws, 20, recently finished his 2020-21 season in Germany. He had a 4-6-0 record in 10 games with one shutout and a 2.90 goals-against average. He had a 23-8-3-3 record with a 2.48 goals-against average and .924 save percentage […]

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Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Malcolm Subban unplugged: Hockey idols, getting traded, his big brother P.K. and more

But Subban waited, and waited some more. In a March 3 game against the Ducks, Corey Crawford needed medical attention. Subban replaced him, but 70 seconds later, he was back on the bench. Then on March 12, the season paused due to COVID-19. When the Blackhawks returned to action in the postseason bubble, Crawford played […]

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NHL Power Rankings: 1-31 poll, plus a stat that defines every team’s 2021 season

In this week’s edition of ESPN’s power rankings, we identified a stat for each team that helps tell the story of their season. How we rank: The ESPN hockey editorial staff submits selections ranking teams 1 to 31 — taking into account game results, injuries and upcoming schedule — and those results are tabulated in […]

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How the Washington Capitals weathered an early COVID-19 storm and are poised to be top Stanley Cup contenders

It was inevitable that COVID-19 would impact the 2021 NHL season, but the Washington Capitals didn’t imagine it would impact them so early — or so hard. After their first road trip to Buffalo and Pittsburgh, goalie Ilya Samsonov tested positive for the coronavirus. The NHL’s contact tracing revealed the team’s four Russian players (captain […]

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Canadiens up, Blackhawks down and six more takeaways from the NHL’s opening night

The NHL dropped the puck on its abridged, 56-game season on Wednesday, and one thing became clear: The next 115 nights — which will cram in 863 games — are going to be doozies. Opening night brought us a little bit of everything: a banner raising without fans, a highly dramatic puck drop, a fight, […]

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NHL Power Rankings: Final preseason edition for the 2021 season

The 2021 NHL season is here! After awarding the Stanley Cup in September following a most unusual 2019-20 season, we’re back on the ice again. Four new divisions, 56-game schedules and, most importantly, 116 consecutive nights of NHL games, beginning Wednesday. For our first week of power rankings, we offer a reason for hope for […]

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