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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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Fantasy hockey reaction to 2022 NHL free agency signings, trades and more

Will the big defenseman Brent Burns continue to be a top fantasy option in Carolina? What effect will Claude Giroux and Andre Burakovsky have on their new linemates? ESPN Fantasy Hockey analysts Victoria Matiash and Sean Allen sort through the biggest free agent deals to help fantasy managers prepare for the 2022-23 season. NHL free […]

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Ex-Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jack Campbell heading to Edmonton Oilers

The free agent netminder spent the past 2½ seasons in Toronto. Campbell, 30, is coming off his first season as a full-time starter after taking over from Frederik Andersen as the Leafs’ No. 1 netminder midway through the 2020-21 campaign. “[Campbell] looks to me from afar like a guy [who’s] getting better all the time,” […]

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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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Stanley Cup Final Game 1: Betting tips for Tampa Bay Lightning-Colorado Avalanche

The crew from Daily Wager and ESPN Chalk are here to look ahead at the series as well as present their top picks for Game 1. To catch all of the action, tune into ABC and ESPN+, where you can find every game of the series. Set your reminders to 8 ET for the first […]

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What we’ve learned about the Stanley Cup Final-bound Lightning through three rounds

TAMPA BAY — The Tampa Bay Lightning have eliminated the New York Rangers and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the third straight season, with the Colorado Avalanche rested and ready for Game 1 (Wednesday, 8 ET, ESPN). Here are five things we learned about the Lightning so far in their 2022 postseason journey […]

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2022 Stanley Cup playoffs: Can the Oilers come back? Who is the MVP for the Avalanche so far?

Following the Colorado Avalanche’s 4-2 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, the Edmonton Oilers are one loss away from a sweep. After a six-goal outburst in Game 1, Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl & Co. have managed just two combined in the following two contests. Will the Oilers solve the Avalanche puzzle in […]

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Colorado Avalanche rally again, seal sweep to secure first berth in Stanley Cup Final since 2001

EDMONTON, Alberta — The Colorado Avalanche swept Edmonton from the Western Conference finals in Game 4 on Monday, topping the Oilers 6-5 in overtime to win the best-of-seven series 4-0. Colorado advances now to the Stanley Cup Final, where it will face the winner of the Eastern Conference finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and […]

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Now just one win from Stanley Cup Final, Colorado Avalanche simply ‘playing the right way’

The Colorado Avalanche moved one win away from the Stanley Cup Final with a 4-2 victory Saturday in Game 3 against the Edmonton Oilers, doing what they do best: Winning on the road. The Avalanche moved to a perfect 6-0 away from Denver in the playoffs, the only team in the NHL postseason that hasn’t […]

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