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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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Fantasy hockey: Top ten forwards set for their breakout

Saying that forwards at the age of 24 (using their age prior to Jan. 31 of the current season) score more fantasy points than any other age is true. It’s also true to say the largest single increase in production between age brackets is between the ages of 22 and 23, closely followed by the […]

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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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2022 NHL draft: Answering the biggest questions entering the first round

The 2022 NHL draft, to be held at Montreal’s Bell Centre, is scheduled to begin Thursday night at 7 ET (ESPN), with plenty of intrigue from the very top down. While Shane Wright of the Ontario Hockey League has been considered the most likely player to be taken by the Canadiens at No. 1, that […]

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NHL Power Rankings way-too-early edition: Where do the Avalanche, Lightning, every other team land?

While Colorado gets to enjoy its parade, we’re already turning the page. Here are our way-too-early NHL Power Rankings for the 2022-23 season. Plus, before the fun of free agency begins on July 13, we’re making one recommendation for each club on how it can improve its prospects heading into next season. Don’t worry, Colorado […]

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Edmonton Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl excelled despite ankle sprain

Edmonton Oilers star forward Leon Draisaitl played most of the NHL postseason with a high ankle sprain, according to general manager Ken Holland. Draisaitl had declined to officially confirm the news himself before Holland finally did during his end-of-season media availability on Wednesday. Holland said Draisaitl was injured in a collision with L.A. Kings forward […]

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2022 Stanley Cup playoffs: Can Colorado Avalanche-Edmonton Oilers Western Conference finals get even wilder?

DENVER — The NHL Western Conference finals were billed as two superstar-laden, high-octane offensive powerhouses going head-to-head for a chance to play for Lord Stanley’s Cup. The Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers already managed to surpass even those lofty expectations. In Game 1 of their best-of-seven series Tuesday, the Oilers and Avalanche threw it back […]

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2022 Stanley Cup playoffs: Conference finals preview, matchups, predictions

The conference final round of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs is upon us. Sixteen teams entered the postseason tournament, but only four are left in the bracket, as the New York Rangers will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the East, and the Colorado Avalanche will square off against the Edmonton Oilers in the […]

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Edmonton Oilers eliminate Calgary Flames in 5 games to advance to Western Conference finals

The Edmonton Oilers will be making their first Western Conference finals appearance since 2006 after defeating the Calgary Flames 5-4 on Connor McDavid‘s overtime winner in Game 5 in their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series on Thursday. Edmonton will next face the winner of the Colorado Avalanche-St. Louis Blues series; the Avalanche lead that series […]

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Waiver watch picks: Last chance before the fantasy hockey playoffs

Phillip Danault, C, Los Angeles Kings (Rostered in 50.6% of ESPN.com leagues): The experienced center shoots the puck frequently and scores goal. That’s the meat of the fantasy matter. Danault also blocks more shots than your typical top-six skater. No member of the Kings’ forward corps has enjoyed a more fruitful March from a fantasy […]

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