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NHL season preview: Power Rankings, predictions, X factors

More Teams. More Games. Take a look back at some of the NHL’s greatest rookie debuts as we await Connor Bedard‘s first game with the Blackhawks. (1:33) Opening night of the 2023-24 NHL season is Tuesday, with a tripleheader of games on ESPN and ESPN+: Nashville Predators-Tampa Bay Lightning (5:30 p.m. ET), Chicago Blackhawks-Pittsburgh Penguins […]

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How Terry, Forsberg, other NHL stars will level up in 2023-24

That opening puck drop doesn’t come without months of preparation, though, and we’re not just talking in the gym. Getting game-day ready goes beyond just the weight a player can handle on the squat rack — to how they manage the load of inevitable expectation on their shoulders. “I think the hardest part of pro […]

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Zach Whitecloud, Brandon Montour representing Indigenous people while playing for Stanley Cup

LAS VEGAS — For the Florida Panthers’ Brandon Montour and the Vegas Golden Knights’ Zach Whitecloud, this year’s Stanley Cup Final carries a significance that goes well beyond both of them trying to help their teams win what would be each franchise’s first championship. They are also part of the conversation about representation in hockey. […]

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Rest-of-season rankings: The most improved players

There isn’t anything special about the rankings here compared to every week, but that’s because these rest-of-season rankings aim to capture a snapshot of what a draft might be like every single week of the season. With that in mind, we are going to highlight some of the biggest swings in value since the puck […]

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Friday fantasy hockey tips: NHL picks, matchups, more

Elsewhere, the Islanders are hoping to rebound off this week’s uncharacteristic 7-4 loss to the Blues. A big ask, considering they’re facing the red-hot Devils in New Jersey. The Isles are better at home than on the road. A later-night highlight features Connor McDavid and the Oilers hosting the Wild after losing in Minnesota 5-3, […]

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Wednesday fantasy hockey tips: NHL picks, matchups, more

Resources: Goalie depth chart | Injuries | Schedule | How to watch on ESPN+ | Sign up for ESPN Fantasy Hockey | Download the ESPN Fantasy App | Daily lines All times Eastern. 7:30 p.m., Nationwide Arena Go perfect in your bowl picks and win up to $1 million, plus more prizes! Make Your Picks […]

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Monday fantasy hockey tips: NHL picks, matchups, more

Well, in Edmonton we’ll have a meeting between the two biggest fish in the free-agent goalie pond from the offseason! Oh, what’s that? The Oilers are using Stuart Skinner more often than Jack Campbell of late (with good reason) and Darcy Kuemper is day-to-day for the Capitals. So, we might see both of them, but […]

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Fantasy hockey rankings: Can these disappointing starters turn it around?

Injuries don’t count, so Zach Werenski and Josh Norris get a pass. Rookies don’t count either, so we aren’t bothering with Marco Rossi and Shane Wright. This is about established NHLers with a reliable baseline coming well short of expectations. They are arranged by how much they are missing the preseason projections I assigned to […]

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Weekend fantasy hockey tips: NHL picks, matchups, more

The weekend’s limited in-conference action launches when the Ducks visit the Wild at 2pm ET, followed by Toronto’s Mitchell Marner vying to register a point in a potentially record-breaking 19th straight game in Tampa, then wraps up with the Coyotes visiting the now Thatcher Demko-less Canucks in Vancouver. Resources: Goalie depth chart | Injuries | […]

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