Power Rankings: Superhero for every team
From Deadpool to Wonder Woman and pretty much everyone in between, we've got a superhero (and some villains!) to characterize the season so far for each of the 31 NHL teams. Blam!
Wyshynski: NHL worried about safety of younger players
Hits from behind are becoming a flash point for teams and players, mainly because of the way the rules have conditioned them while they were growing up. Now the league is looking for a way to step up the protection.
Working overtime: Heroes and zeroes of 3-on-3
Since the NHL adopted 3-on-3 hockey for overtime in 2015, some players -- like Johnny Gaudreau -- have put up mind-blowing offensive stats amid all that open space. But other offensive dynamos such as John Tavares have struggled during the extra session.
2019 Winter Classic to be held at Notre Dame
The Boston Bruins will meet the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2019 Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium. It's the fourth Winter Classic for Chicago and the third for Boston.
Wyshynski's Weekly Reader: Is Houston the favorite for expansion?
Houston's history dates back to Gordie Howe's days with the Aeros. Now it appears the boomtown has surpassed Seattle to become the front-runner for the next NHL city. Plus, why Connor McDavid is toast and why Radko Gudas deserves a lengthy suspension.
Orlov secures Capitals win.
Dmity Orlov scores the go-ahead goal in the first period in the Capitals 3-1 win against the Wild.
Sissons taps in Josi's pass for the easy goal.
Colton Sissons gets behind the Avalanche defense, and Roman Josi feeds him the puck as the Predators roll 5-2 against the Avalanche.
Matthews scores twice in Maple Leafs victory.
Auston Matthews scores two goals in the third period in the Maple Leafs' 6-0 victory over the Canadiens.
Smith's goal, assist leads Predators over Avalanche 5-1
Craig Smith had a goal and an assist, Pekka Rinne made 29 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Saturday night.
"The CBA says they get four days off a month, and they've got tomorrow off. There was a time when you could react. You can't anymore. They got the day off tomorrow, and on Monday we leave. So I gotta continue to find ways – through video, through making guys accountable – because a punishing skate for us on Monday would do what for us on Tuesday and Wednesday? That's where we are now in this League. So we need to evolve in the game. Maybe back in the day, there was a time where we could do [a punishment skate]. It's a lot harder today than it was back then." – Claude Julien, when asked about if the Montreal Canadiens would get a bag skate after their humbling 6-0 loss to the rival Toronto Maple Leafs at home on Saturday night.
Lee scores twice in Isles' third straight win.
Anders Lee goes five-hole on his first goal in the first period, then scores off a rebound in the third as the Islanders knock of the Lightning 5-3.
Ovechkin returns after puck to face, Caps snap Wild's streak
Alex Ovechkin returned from taking a puck to the face, T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist and the Washington Capitals snapped the Minnesota Wild's winning streak at four with a 3-1 victory Saturday night.
Matthews, Andersen lead Maple Leafs past Canadiens, 6-0
Ron Hainsey and Nazem Kadri scored 37 seconds apart in the second period, Frederik Andersen stopped 33 shots for his second straight shutout, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-0 Saturday night for their sixth straight win.
Anisimov's third-period goal leads Blackhawks past Pens
Artem Anisimov scored a power-play goal in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks continued their winning streak against the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 2-1 victory on Saturday night.
Anisimov stuffs in Blackhawks' winner.
The Blackhawks respond to a Penguins goal 21 seconds later as Artem Anisimov corrals the puck and nudges the puck past Matt Murray in Chicago's 2-1 victory.
Aho scores late to lift Hurricanes over Sabres
Sebastian Aho scored with 4:45 remaining to lift the Carolina Hurricanes over the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 on Saturday night for their third straight win.
Lee scores 2 goals, Islanders beat Lightning 5-3
Anders Lee scored twice and the New York Islanders held on after nearly blowing a four-goal lead, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 Saturday night.
It's official: The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins will play in the Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium on Jan. 1, 2019. We know many of you are irritated the Blackhawks are in another outdoor game. Get over it. The best Winter Classics are the ones where the venue is the star, and it would have been nonsensical to not have the Blackhawks in the Notre Dame game given their regional appeal. The venue should also produce an outdoor game local ratings bounce-back for Chicago: They were down 35 percent at St. Louis in 2017 when compared to 2015's game at Washington. The Blackhawks are still a national ratings driver. At this point, they're hockey's John Cena: widely popular, selling lots of merch and leaving smart fans frustrated that new talent isn't getting over. (Please wait your turn again, Nashville.) Although, unlike Cena, the Blackhawks don't always win, going 1-4 in outdoor games. If nothing else, be happy the Winter Classic is being played in a state without an NHL team, hopefully opening the door for games at Lambeau Field in Green Bay (featuring the Blackhawks) and Safeco Field in Seattle (also featuring the Blackhawks, probably). Also be happy you're not Jonathan Toews, having to answer the same questions about wind and sun glare and youth pond hockey for the sixth time since 2009, while stewing over the fact that two real points are on the line in a gimmick game.
Brodzinski scores first NHL goal as Kings rout Panthers
Johnny Brodzinski scored his first NHL goal, and Andy Adreoff scored his first of the season to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-0 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday.
Red Wings' Witkowski won't appeal suspension
Red Wings forward Luke Witkowski says he will not appeal the 10-game suspension for his actions in Detroit's brawl with Calgary on Wednesday night. Witkowski went after Calgary's Brett Kulak late in the 8-2 victory.
Jets score 5 in 2nd, beat Devils 5-2 for 4th straight win
Patrik Laine, Jacob Trouba and Matt Hendricks scored in a 95-second span, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Saturday for their fourth straight win.
Anthony Duclair has hat trick, Coyotes beat Sen 3-2 in OT
Anthony Duclair scored in overtime to complete a hat trick and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Saturday for their second straight victory.
Bishop blanks Edmonton in relief, Stars beat Oilers 6-3
Ben Bishop shut out Edmonton over the last 39 minutes after Kari Lehtonen was pulled, and the Dallas Stars beat the Oilers 6-3 on Saturday.
Frolik nets OT winner for Flames.
Michael Frolik puts in the game-winning shot in overtime against the Flyers, giving the Flames a 5-4 victory.
Monahan's first hat trick lifts Flames over Flyers 5-4
Sean Monahan had the first hat trick of his NHL career and Michael Frolik scored 1:18 into overtime to give the Calgary Flames a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
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?