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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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2022-23 ESPN Fantasy Hockey rankings

While many line combinations and goalie splits around the NHL landscape are still to be decided, next season’s top picks won’t look that different from the last. Want Hart Trophy winner Auston Matthews or Vezina Trophy winner Igor Shesterkin? Well, you’re going need a top pick or pay up in a salary cap draft. So […]

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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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Fantasy hockey: Way too early 2022-23 rankings

To get the ball rolling on discussions for the fall, we present the way-too-early top 300 fantasy rankings. Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton Oilers Auston Matthews, C, Toronto Maple Leafs Leon Draisaitl, W, Edmonton Oilers Igor Shesterkin, G, New York Rangers Nikita Kucherov, W, Tampa Bay Lightning Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Tampa Bay Lightning Kirill Kaprizov, W, […]

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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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2022 NHL playoff fantasy hockey pool guide: Favorites, sleepers and busts

We’re now wading into a fresh fantasy field in which the quantity of games played often rivals quality of individual performance. Alex Ovechkin can do only so much damage if his Washington Capitals are disposed of in five contests at the hands of the Florida Panthers. So, my advice: Pick a handful of teams you […]

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The 2022 fantasy hockey awards: Who were the biggest difference makers?

It’s time for a bit of a retrospective; a look back at some of the most pleasant surprises this season, the disappointments and the future assets. Using ESPN’s preseason top 300 rankings (the one’s done in the fantasy game itself that you would have seen in your draft room back in the fall), I’ve compiled […]

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Alexander Ovechkin sits out Capitals’ game Tuesday, says ‘we’ll see’ on playoff opener

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin missed a game because of injury for just the 25th time in his 17-year NHL career. All of those have come in the regular season. He has never missed one in the playoffs. Ovechkin was ruled out of the Washington Capitals’ 4-1 loss Tuesday night to the New York Islanders, and […]

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Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin oldest player to score 50 goals with record-tying ninth such campaign

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin scored his 49th and 50th goals of the season in a 4-3 overtime loss at the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night, hitting a milestone that he has seemingly made look easy year after year. Vegas coach Peter DeBoer pulled starting goalie Robin Lehner after the first period and turned […]

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