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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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Penguins GM: ‘In a perfect world,’ Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang would stay in Pittsburgh

“In a perfect world, [Malkin] retires a Penguin,” Hextall said Monday. “And I think Tanger’s the same.” In a perfect world, anyway. The NHL in the salary-cap era is hardly that. Perhaps that’s why, when Hextall was asked what was missing this season from a group that let a 3-1 lead slip away in a […]

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Artemi Panarin’s OT power-play goal sends New York Rangers into second round

NEW YORK CITY — New York Rangers coach Gerard Gallant had a feeling heading into overtime of Game 7: If his team was going to eliminate the Pittsburgh Penguins and advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, star winger Artemi Panarin would be the player to do it. “He’s the guy, when […]

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Sources: Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby has concussion, misses Game 6 loss vs. New York Rangers

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby missed Friday’s Game 6 loss to the New York Rangers with a concussion, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Emily Kaplan. Given the nature of head injuries, those close to Crosby told Kaplan it’s unfair to speculate when he will return. The Rangers tied the opening round series at three games apiece. […]

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Down 3-1, New York Rangers stick with struggling Igor Shesterkin, still ‘the best goalie in the league’

The New York Rangers are sticking with Igor Shesterkin for Game 5 of their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, despite pulling their star goaltender in back-to-back losses that have pushed them to the brink of elimination. “He’s the best goalie in the league. So, I’m going with him,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said after the […]

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New York Rangers coach Gerard Gallant, looking to ‘spark your team with a goalie change,’ pulls Igor Shesterkin in Game 3 loss

New York Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said pulling star goaltender Igor Shesterkin after the first period in Game 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night was meant to spark the team and give the netminder some rest. The Rangers would go on to lose the game in Pittsburgh 7-4 and now trail the Penguins […]

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2022 Stanley Cup playoffs: Breaking down all 16 teams in the NHL postseason

The matchups and storylines are set as the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs get underway this week, with the last team standing hoisting the cherished chalice sometime in late June. Will that be the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are looking to become the first team to win the Cup in three consecutive seasons since the New […]

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With bigger plans ahead, Boston Bruins secure playoff berth in East, feat that ‘is not an automatic’

BOSTON — Jeremy Swayman rebounded from a rough stretch with 23 saves and the Boston Bruins clinched a playoff spot by holding off the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Saturday to halt a season-high three-game losing streak. Trent Frederic and Erik Haula scored first-period goals for Boston, which went on the skid after winning 17 of […]

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Pittsburgh Penguins back in playoffs for 16th straight season

It’s still certainly a yearly expectation for an organization that prides itself on trying to win the Stanley Cup each season. Jake Guentzel scored twice, Sidney Crosby also had a goal and the Penguins earned a playoff berth for the 16th straight season with a 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night. […]

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