Big question: Is skipping the Olympics the right move?
We know how NHL commissioner Gary Bettman feels about passing on Pyeongchang in 2018. But what about other folks around the league? Here's what some owners, GMs and players had to say about the gamesmanship heading into the Games.
Rest-of-season fantasy hockey rankings
Sean Allen reviews players who can help in fantasy with one-category production and provides his latest top-250 rest-of-the-season rankings for fantasy hockey leagues.
Teuvo Teravainen started the week with a hat trick and closed it with a three-point game Sunday, capturing the NHL's First Star of the Week. The Second Star went to Frederik Andersen, who hasn't allowed a goal in more than 129 minutes of ice time. Nathan MacKinnon earned Third Star honors with two multipoint games, capped by an OT winner in Detroit on Sunday.
Blues' Bouwmeester set to make season debut
Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will return to the team's lineup Tuesday after being sidelined so far this season with a fractured left ankle.
Stars' Methot out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery
The Dallas Stars are losing defenseman Marc Methot for four to six weeks after arthroscopic surgery, and center Martin Hanzal for three to seven days with a hand injury.
The Buffalo Sabres have dropped star center Jack Eichel (5 goals, 11 assists in 20 games) down to the third line with Zemgus Girgensons and Jason Pominville, after he spent the majority of the season skating on the top line with Evander Kane (11 goals). Eichel's season has been an inconsistent conundrum: Great at even strength offensively, leading the Sabres in primary points per 60 minutes at 2.42; disappointing defensively, with a minus-42 Corsi for/against that's second-worst among Buffalo forwards; and atrocious on the power play, where Eichel hasn't scored a goal this season on 23 shot attempts. (He has just one assist on the power play, despite a team-leading 75:38 of ice time.) Coach Phil Housley defended the demotion by saying it's not a demotion: "I don't think Eichel is being demoted. I think he's such a terrific player you can put anybody on his wings." Reality check: The last-place Sabres (5-11-4, 14 points) are a disaster, and this move puts Eichel under the microscope one year before his franchise-defining 8-year, $80-million contract extension kicks in. Let's see if this inspires him to give a complete effort in both ends, or makes him more despondent in another lost season for the 21-year-old phenom.
Chara a towering influence on young Bruins blueliners
For two decades, Zdeno Chara has been one of the NHL's most dominating and intimidating defensemen. Now Boston's 40-year-old captain is sharing his accumulated wisdom as a mentor to Charlie McAvoy, the 19-year-old rookie skating alongside him.
Why Seattle should be the NHL's next stop
Sure, Houston is in the news and ready to get the next NHL franchise, whether it's through expansion or relocation. But the Pacific Northwest makes more sense for the 32nd team for a lot of reasons.
Karlsson strikes twice for Golden Knights.
William Karlsson tallies goals eight and nine on the season as Vegas doubles up Los Angeles 4-2.
Fast finds Hayes for Rangers' first goal.
The Rangers force a turnover in the Senators' end and eventually Jesper Fast nudges the puck to Kevin Hayes who scores in New York's 3-0 shutout.
Teravainen nets a pair in Carolina's win.
Teuvo Teravainen whips two goals past Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak in the Hurricanes' 4-2 victory.
Rakell, Montour tally goals in Ducks' win.
Rickard Rakell and Brandon Montour each score from similar spots as Anaheim edges Florida 3-2.
MacKinnon rips an OT winner.
Nathan MacKinnon lifts a wrister past Jimmy Howard in Colorado's 4-3 victory against Detroit.
Gibson stops 50 shots in Ducks' 3-2 win over Panthers
John Gibson stopped 50 shots and the Anaheim Ducks held on to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Sunday night for their first winning streak in three weeks.
Karlsson scores twice, leads Golden Knights past Kings 4-2
William Karlsson scored twice, Maxime Lagace stopped 27 shots and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 on Sunday night.
Predators forward Watson suspended for 2 games
Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL on Sunday for boarding Colorado Avalanche forward Dominic Toninato.
Something to remember about the 10-game suspension to Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas, for slashing the neck of Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault: It's the culmination of over two years of warnings, benefits of the doubt and two suspensions from the NHL Department of Player Safety – the last one being six games. Some suspensions can be a way to educate players on what not to do; others, like this one, are about targeting repeat offenders so they stop offending repeatedly. This needed to be emphatic. At 10 games and $408,536 in lost wages, it was. And the bar is reset for the next time he attacks the head of an opponent.
Gudas handed 10-game ban for Perreault slash
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas was suspended 10 games by the NHL for a slash to the head of Winnipeg's Matthieu Perreault in the first period Thursday night.
Lundqvist gets 63rd shutout, Rangers beat Senators 3-0
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 20 shots for his second shutout of the season and 63rd of his career, leading the New York Rangers over the Ottawa Senators 3-0 on Sunday night.
MacKinnon's OT goal caps Avs' rally over Red Wings
Nathan MacKinnon scored 2:55 into overtime and the Colorado Avalanche overcame a late two-goal deficit to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Sunday night.
Teravainen scores twice, Hurricanes beat Islanders 4-2
Teuvo Teravainen had two goals and an assist in the Carolina Hurricanes' 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday night.
Jets D Enstrom (lower-body) out 8 weeks
Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom will be out eight weeks for Winnipeg with a lower-body injury. Tucker Poolman was recalled from the AHL to replace Enstrom.
Khudobin stops 36 shots to help Bruins beat Sharks 3-1
Anton Khudobin stopped 36 shots to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.
DeBrusk scores breakaway goal.
Jake DeBrusk beats the Sharks defense to the puck and rips one past Sharks goalie Aaron Dell to give the Bruins a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Victoria Matiash suggests players from all 31 NHL teams who present unsustainable production and would be strong trade candidates at this point in the season.
Sidney Crosby, the greatest player of his generation, is a lock for the Hall of Fame. So's Jaromir Jagr. What about Alex Ovechkin -- or rising star Connor McDavid? We put 43 active players to the test to find out who truly has the stuff of legends.
Martin Brodeur is a lock for the Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2018; after that, it's up in the air
The Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2017 has been enshrined, so Greg Wyshynski is already looking ahead. Who is most likely to get inducted next November? Martin Brodeur is a sure thing, but there's a whole lot of uncertainty after him.
At this point in the season, the 2018 NHL draft class appears to be shaping up as Rasmus Dahlin -- and then everyone else. Who will challenge the Swedish defenseman for the top spot? And which prospects bring value beyond the top group?