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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: Top ten defensemen set for their breakout

Taking the past seven years of all NHL scoring and looking at the output from different age brackets, positions and tiers, we can see where there are steeper inclines to a typical player’s development. In other words, yes, we can visualize a breakout. I took the top 72 defensemen in fantasy points from each season […]

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2022-23 ESPN Fantasy Hockey rankings

While many line combinations and goalie splits around the NHL landscape are still to be decided, next season’s top picks won’t look that different from the last. Want Hart Trophy winner Auston Matthews or Vezina Trophy winner Igor Shesterkin? Well, you’re going need a top pick or pay up in a salary cap draft. So […]

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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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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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How the Calgary Flames’ top line continues to ignite their offensive engine

But — funny story — they were just a backup plan. If it weren’t for a plethora of preseason injuries, Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk wouldn’t have started as the Flames’ first line. The entire complexion of Calgary’s offense — heck, of the Flames’ whole season — might have unfolded differently. And what […]

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2022 Stanley Cup playoffs: Breaking down all 16 teams in the NHL postseason

The matchups and storylines are set as the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs get underway this week, with the last team standing hoisting the cherished chalice sometime in late June. Will that be the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are looking to become the first team to win the Cup in three consecutive seasons since the New […]

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NHL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus the stat of the season for every team

For this week’s Power Rankings, we identified a stat for every team that best exemplified their performance, from recent trends to season-long strengths or weaknesses. How we rank: A panel of ESPN hockey commentators, analysts, reporters and editors rates teams against one another — taking into account game results, injuries and upcoming schedule — and […]

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Waiver watch: Goalie matchups to win your fantasy hockey championship

Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens (39.1%): I’m all over Price as a fantasy commodity against the Flyers, Senators, and this April’s iteration of the Bruins; less so versus the Wild, who have averaged 4.8 goals in each of their past five games. The former Vezina/Hart winner looked comfortable enough in his season debut Friday, despite losing […]

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Fantasy hockey rankings: Championship week best pickups

If the Toronto Maple Leafs pull away from the Tampa Bay Lightning a little more over the next couple of games, they might be in a position to rest toward the end of the season. The Calgary Flames might be in a position soon where their seeding won’t change, but they still might need to […]

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