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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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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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Colorado Avalanche shut down Connor McDavid, shut out Edmonton Oilers for 2-0 lead in Western Conference finals

DENVER — Connor McDavid has dominated the NHL postseason to date. But even he is feeling the pressure to perform after the Edmonton Oilers were shut out 4-0 by the Colorado Avalanche in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday, falling behind 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. “I probably haven’t been at the […]

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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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Jonathan Quick, ‘a really good goalie in this league for a long time,’ bounces back for Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 victory

Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick redeemed himself with his first postseason shutout since June 2014, leading the Kings to a 4-0 home-ice victory on Sunday night that tied their first-round series with the Edmonton Oilers at 2-2. Quick was pulled in Game 3 after giving up four goals on 17 shots. He responded with a […]

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Fantasy hockey rankings: The returns and debuts most important to their teams

Thankfully, however, most of the races are being kept tight enough that teams won’t be able to consider resting players for at least a couple of weeks. Even though the teams in the postseason in the Eastern Conference are all but officially settled, there is enough jostling for seeding left that teams likely won’t be […]

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Fantasy hockey rankings: Teams resting stars? Here’s who will get those starts

The Colorado Avalanche have a healthy 13-point lead on their current status as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. Is that reason enough to consider Nazem Kadri’s upper-body injury a season-ending one? Perhaps he comes back to get his legs for a couple of games before the postseason, but perhaps the Avs hold […]

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Fantasy hockey: The “what have you done for me lately” rankings

With that final push in mind, let’s have a spin through the “what have you done for me lately?” file. This is looking at fantasy points per game (FPPG) for the past three weeks and cross-referencing with availability in fantasy leagues. Brock Nelson, C, New York Islanders (3.2 FPPG in past three weeks; available in […]

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