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7hPierre LeBrun

Blues trying something a little different

Their longtime captain is gone, their coach is on his way out and the kids are getting more responsibility. What is going on with the St. Louis Blues?

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2hCraig Custance

How the Sabres can survive without Eichel

Don't write off the Buffalo Sabres just yet. Despite losing Jack Eichel and Evander Kane to injury, they're still earning points. Here's how.

Doughty: Leadership will help overcome rough patch (1:43)
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5hJoe McDonald

Laine announces his arrival with authority

All the rookie hype understandably has been on Auston Matthews. But with Patrik Laine's hat trick, including the winner in OT, against Matthews' Leafs, the Calder clash is officially on.

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Laine notches hat trick with winning goal in OT

Patrik Laine, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft, scored the tying goal in the final minute of the third period and then got the game-winner in OT to record his first career hat trick.

Matthews miss leads to Laine's OT winner (0:44)
Miller's goal the difference for Red Wings (0:30)
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1dCraig Custance

Secrets to Chicago's roster-building success

The Blackhawks continue to be a top contender despite paying extraordinary amounts to a few key stars. How have GM Stan Bowman & Co. done it?

Howe lived up to young Gretzky's expectations (1:25)
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20hJoshua Kloke

Do team captains still matter?

Connor McDavid is the youngest player to don the ceremonial C. But some teams seem to be in no hurry to name a captain. How important is having a guy with the letter on his jersey nowadays?

Ovi scores his first goal of the season (0:36)

Weber-PK deal, Rinne, Marchand, 538

Scott Burnside, Craig Custance, Pierre LeBrun and Joe McDonald update the effect of the Shea Weber-P.K. Subban deal and wonder if Marian Hossa is worthy of the Hall of Fame. Plus, Predators GK Pekka Rinne, Bruins LW Brad Marchand and Neil Paine of 538 stop by.

Chara congratulates Hossa on reaching 500 goals (1:24)
Stamkos' ridiculous goal sends game to OT, Bolts prevail (0:31)
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2dJoe McDonald

McDavid, Matthews, Ekblad ushering in a new era

So many young and talented players are making a big splash in the NHL this season. But which ones will have the biggest long-term effect on their teams? We've picked the best candidates.

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3dScott Burnside

Power Rankings: Penguins can fly

Sure, it's early, but that won't stop the rankings from happening. After less than a week of the season, the Penguins and Blues are looking strong. As for the Blue Jackets ... not so much.

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2dCraig Custance

Why the Blues like former first-rounders

The St. Louis Blues are among the NHL teams with the most former first-round picks, and they just added Nail Yakupov. What's behind their strategy?

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6dCraig Custance

The NHL's must-watch teams

Craig Custance identifies the teams he's searching out on NHL.tv this season. Can anyone dethrone the Stars as the league's most watchable team?

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Experts' predictions for the 2016-17 NHL season

Will this be the season Connor McDavid takes over the league? Or will Sidney Crosby, Jamie Benn and Alex Ovechkin have something to say about it? Will the Penguins repeat? Our experts weigh in.


Corey Pronman @coreypronman

Interesting to see Laine constantly defined by his shooting skills. His shot is elite, highlights are shots, but has many top-end dimensions

Craig Custance

Don't write off the Buffalo Sabres just yet. Despite losing Jack Eichel and Evander Kane to injury, they're still earning points. Here's how. How the Sabres can survive without Eichel

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Victoria Matiash

Get caught up with all the latest fantasy-relevant news around the NHL, including injury fill-ins and new line combinations, with intel on every team. Fantasy 30: Early-season lineup chatter

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

To commemorate the anniversary of their 50th and 80th rookie seasons respectively, Bruins legends Bobby Orr and Milt Schmidt will drop the ceremonial first puck prior to the Bruins' home-opener against the New Jersey Devils Thursday night at TD Garden.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Now a member of the New Jersey Devils, former No. 1 overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in 2010, Taylor Hall recalls his visits to Boston prior to the draft. After Hall went first, the Bruins selected Tyler Seguin. The Bruins host the Devils in the home-opener Thursday night at TD Garden.


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Former No. 1 overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the New Jersey Devils' Taylor Hall discusses the impact of youth in the league in recent seasons.


Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

New at Flyers and 76ers games: Bacon Shock Tots with jalapeño American cheese sauce, chopped bacon, jalapeños & chipotle ranch ($12)