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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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NHL superstar roundtable: Must-see teams, summer highlights, rule changes, trade reactions

HENDERSON, Nev. — It was an eventful offseason for NHL players, with high-profile trades and surprising free-agent signings. Not to mention those weddings, bucket list golf outings and scooter rides along the Amalfi Coast. ESPN reporters Ryan Clark, Kristen Shilton and Greg Wyshynski caught up with over a dozen stars at the NHL Player Media […]

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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: Carolina Hurricanes swear road woes are ‘nonissue’ in Game 6 against New York Rangers

RALEIGH — As the Carolina Hurricanes try to eliminate the New York Rangers on Saturday night in Game 6 at Madison Square Garden, they’re downplaying the Stanley Cup playoff trend that makes a Game 7 back in Raleigh feel practically inevitable at this point. “It’s kind of beating a dead horse about us not winning […]

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Antti Raanta, Carolina Hurricanes have ‘one of those nights,’ as New York Rangers cruise, force Game 7

NEW YORK — The New York Rangers defeated the Hurricanes 5-2 in Game 6 on Saturday night, extending Carolina’s playoff road losing streak to six games. But Game 7 is back in Raleigh on Monday night, where the Hurricanes have won all seven games this postseason — and where they eliminated the Boston Bruins in […]

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Carolina Hurricanes score Game 5 win against New York Rangers, stay unbeaten at home to start Stanley Cup playoffs

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes set an NHL record on Thursday night in their 3-1 Game 5 victory over the New York Rangers, as the home team won for the 12th straight time in their games since the start of the postseason. But Game 6 is Saturday night back in New York City. To […]

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Carolina Hurricanes ‘go back home and regroup’ after fifth road playoff loss evens series at 2-2

The Carolina Hurricanes remained winless on the road in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, losing 4-1 to the New York Rangers on Tuesday as their second-round series was knotted up at 2-2. Carolina lost all three road games at Boston in the first round, and then dropped Games 3 and 4 at Madison Square Garden, squandering […]

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Stanley Cup playoffs 2022: The Round 1 lessons that will impact eight remaining contenders

The first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs lasted 51 games — including a pair of Game 7 overtime thrillers in games No. 50 and 51 — and now we’re on to Round 2. To help digest what we saw from each of the eight surviving teams, as well as preview the all the […]

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NHL betting tips for Saturday’s NHL Playoff Game 7s

Want to bet Boston Bruins-Carolina Hurricanes (4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN), Tampa Bay Lightning-Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET, TNT) and Los Angeles Kings-Edmonton Oilers (10 p.m. ET, ESPN)? What do we see for these grand finales? Our plays for the big day: Watch live on ESPN The Bruins winning Game 6 back in Boston was […]

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