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53mJoe McDonald

Power Rankings: Canadiens climb back to No. 1

The Canadiens are clicking, Rick Nash is doing the dirty work for the second-ranked Rangers and the Blackhawks slip to No. 3. Can Scott Darling hold Chicago's fort until Corey Crawford returns?

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3dPierre LeBrun

NHLPA rejects offer to extend CBA for Olympics

The NHL Players' Association, as expected, has rejected the league's proposal to extend the collective bargaining agreement three years in exchange for Olympic participation.

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3hJoe McDonald

Gaudreau's return boosts Flames' hopes

Back three weeks early from a fractured finger, young star Johnny Gaudreau is giving the Calgary Flames a serious chance at making a run at the Pacific title. Plus, Corey Crawford injury benefit?

Koivu's goal lifts Wild in OT (0:33)
Byron's shootout goal wins it for Canadiens (0:26)
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5dScott Burnside

Why Kucherov, not McDavid, is my MVP

Connor McDavid is crazy good and Carey Price is the game's best goalie. But neither would get Scott Burnside's award vote. Here's why Nikita Kucherov and Ryan Suter deserve the hardware instead.

Gaudreau, Giordano open and close scoring for Flames (0:42)
DeKeyser's wicked wrister wins it for Red Wings (0:21)
Raffl breaks tie with awesome solo goal (0:31)
Di Giuseppe scores winner for Hurricanes in OT (0:29)
Laine ties Crosby for NHL lead in goals (0:43)
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3dScott Burnside

Johansen, Draisaitl top under-24 rankings

Nashville's Ryan Johansen and Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl lead the charge for the league's young guns in the latest edition of our under-24 rankings. Plus, can the Ducks contain Connor McDavid?

Matthews scores, but Leafs fall in shootout (0:27)
Kessel comes up big for Penguins (0:30)
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4dPierre LeBrun

Let teams shoot for three

With 15 teams essentially tied in the standings, Pierre LeBrun says it's time to allow the cream to rise and award three points for a regulation-time victory.

Toews and Matthews get destructive in game of 'call your shot' (3:37)
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5dJoe McDonald

McDavid-Matthews rematch delivers big

The second showdown between franchise stars Connor McDavid of the Oilers and Auston Matthews of the Maple Leafs was more in line with their big expectations. Plus, Jack Eichel returns!


Panthers talk; Brian Campbell joins the show

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun are in Bristol! Joined by Craig Custance, they discuss the Panthers' dismissal of Gerard Gallant, the return of Jack Eichel, if the NHL should address league parity and more. Plus, Blackhawks D Brian Campbell stops by.

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5dScott Burnside

Golden Knights offer golden opportunity for Craven

In a matter of months, former player Murray Craven has gone from being Bill Foley's golfing buddy to helping Foley, the owner of the new Vegas expansion team, build a franchise from scratch.

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6dJohn Buccigross

Buccigross: How Ovi can break Gretzky's goals mark

Stay with us on this one: If you project ahead to age 40, writes John Buccigross, a healthy and driven Alex Ovechkin could surpass Wayne Gretzky's incredible record of 894 career goals.


Craig Custance

Artemi Panarin has become a key player for the Blackhawks, but his deal is up after this season. What will his next contract look like? Projecting Panarin's next contract

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

It's been one week since the Florida Panthers reorganized the front office and coaching staff. Under Tom Rowe, the Panthers are 1-1-1, but the coach said the team hasn't lost its swagger. The Boston Bruins host the Panthers Monday night at TD Garden.


Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Steve Mason named NHL's first star for the week after posting 4 wins. Nice bounceback by the Flyers goalie after opening-month struggles.

Sean Allen

How do the returns of Taylor Hall, Johnny Gaudreau, Jack Eichel and others impact fantasy hockey? Here are the collateral value shifts, plus updated rest-of-season, top-250 rankings. Top 250 fantasy hockey rankings

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Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Coming into today's game, 5 of Calgary's top 6 scorers (Bennett, Monahan, Gaudreau, Hamilton, Tkachuk) are 23 years of age or younger.