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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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Inside the making of ‘Hockeyland,’ bringing Minnesota high school hockey to the big screen

“It was brutal. I felt for them,” Haines said, adding that his crew eventually put their cameras down to console the players. “Coming into this, we didn’t want to depict these kids as gladiators or expose all the stupid stuff they might do as teenagers. We wanted to show them as real people. Turn them […]

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NHL teams with holes remaining after the first wave of free agency

Well, some teams are. Others have been weirdly silent, unwilling to make moves to clear cap space, or simply aren’t doing much when more is required. There are also teams that fall in the middle, such as the Toronto Maple Leafs. They’ve made trades and signed players, but are they truly better off? The Leafs […]

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The case for the Minnesota Wild as a top Stanley Cup contender

Don’t let their last two games fool you. The Minnesota Wild are for real. And they’ve been pretty spectacular. The Wild had been on the NHL’s hottest run through early December, winners of eight straight games before closing out their recent road trip with back-to-back defeats at L.A. and Vegas. Minnesota’s loss to the Kings […]

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NHL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus the best new addition for every team

After another week of the 2021-22 NHL season, we’ve had more changes in the top 5 of the power rankings. Here are our updated rankings of all 32 teams, plus the newcomer — either a free-agent signing, trade addition or rookie — that has made the biggest impact thus far for each club. How we […]

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NHL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus early takeaways for every team

We’re two weeks into the 2021-22 NHL season, and there have been many surprises in the early going — both positive and negative. Here is our updated ranking of all 32 clubs, plus the key takeaways that stand out most for each. How we rank: A panel of ESPN hockey commentators, analysts, reporters and editors […]

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Viewers guide to Minnesota Wild at Anaheim Ducks on ESPN+

Tonight is the first game of the 2021-22 NHL season that will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN+ and Hulu, and it should be a great one. We’ve got a captivating early-season matchup as reigning Calder Trophy winner Kirill Kaprizov and the Minnesota Wild head out west to take on the feisty Anaheim Ducks at 10 […]

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Seattle Kraken expansion draft protected lists, available players

The Seattle Kraken are joining the NHL for the 2021-22 season and will play in the Pacific Division. The front office and coaching staff have taken shape, and Climate Pledge Arena is on track to be ready, but the team needs players. The Kraken will select one player each from 30 NHL teams, as the […]

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NHL Power Rankings: 1-31 poll, plus the biggest offseason need for every team

Usually, it’s a pretty straightforward exercise of determining which free agents to re-sign and which to let explore the market, along with tweaks to be made via trade, and additions to the pipeline courtesy of the draft. This summer, however, there’s the added wrinkle of the Seattle Kraken expansion draft — and any side deals […]

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NHL Power Rankings: 1-31 poll, plus a key positive or negative trend for every team

How we rank: The ESPN hockey editorial staff submits selections ranking teams 1 to 31 — taking into account game results, injuries and upcoming schedule — and those results are tabulated in the list featured here. Note: Previous ranking for each team refers to our Week 6 edition, published on Feb. 24. Points percentages are […]

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