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2hScott Burnside

McDavid, Laine top the under-24 charts

Players under 24 are increasingly holding more power in today's NHL. So, which ones were at their best this week? Which ones could step it up? Welcome to Hot or Not, U-24 edition.

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5hJoe McDonald

Stars are in a world of hurt

With stars Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin not at 100 percent and a slew of injuries to other key players, the Dallas Stars are up against it early. Plus, the Wild and Ducks are coming out ahead.

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Jets beat Stars behind Laine's two goals

No. 2 overall draft pick Patrik Laine now has six goals on the season, tied with No. 1 overall draft pick Auston Matthews among rookies.

Carter's OT goal lifts Kings past Predators (0:27)
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Canadiens stay unbeaten in regulation

The Habs used three third-period goals from Alex Galchenyuk, Max Pacioretty and Torrey Mitchell to take care of the Bolts.

Penguins come alive in third to take down Islanders (1:08)
Nielsen ties it up for Red Wings (0:24)
Minnesota gets off to quick start with two goals in first period (0:23)
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22hCraig Custance

What's driving the increase in goal scoring?

Offense is up in the NHL this season, and save percentages are down. Is it entirely the fault of the goaltenders, or has something else changed?

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1dSean Hurd

Zane McIntyre honors grandma in NHL debut

In his NHL debut against the Rangers, Zane McIntyre's goalie mask featured an illustration of his late grandmother wearing a Boston jersey.

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1dJoe McDonald

Oilers continue to hit home runs

The Edmonton Oilers are like the Chicago Cubs of the NHL -- but in a good way. Plus, Jimmy Vesey and Al Montoya are having promising starts.

Weber sends Canadiens past Islanders (0:24)
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2dJoe McDonald

Pens breathe sigh of relief with Crosby's speedy return

Getting back the best player in the world was a huge boost for the Pittsburgh Penguins -- and seeing him in top form was a huge relief for fans of the game. Plus, Auston Matthews, scoring leader?


GK struggles, NHL-IOC, Steve Ott & James van Riemsdyk

Scott Burnside, Craig Custance, Joe McDonald and Pierre LeBrun discuss goalkeeping woes at the start of the season and the NHL's sour relationship with the IOC. Plus, Red Wings C Steve Ott and Maple Leafs LW James van Riemsdyk stop by.

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23hScott Burnside

Power Rankings: Habs are riding high

The Canadiens are cruising, and Connor McDavid and the Oilers and Steven Stamkos and the Lightning are hot on their heels. Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs seem destined to blow big leads every game.

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4dSean Allen

Top 250 fantasy hockey rankings

Shot attempt stats can help guide us towards (or away from) certain players in fantasy. Here are a handful of players to pick up, and some to drop, plus updated rest-of-season rankings.

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6dScott Burnside

Foley: Expansion team is 'going to kill it' in Vegas

In a Q&A with ESPN.com, Las Vegas owner Bill Foley drops hints about the nickname of the expansion franchise, what the colors will be and what he really thinks of the NFL's Raiders.

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7dJoe McDonald

Orr's legacy just keeps growing

On a night when the rookie seasons of Bobby Orr and Milt Schmidt were honored, it was Orr who reluctantly found himself in the spotlight for what he's done -- on and off the ice.

Gretzky once received shooting tips from usher at Hockey HOF (1:13)
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9dJoshua 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?


Craig Custance

Given the struggles of goaltenders around the NHL, Red Wings GM Ken Holland is in a position of strength with two solid netminders. Does that change? Will the Red Wings trade a goaltender?

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak has been suspended two games for an illegal check to the head on Rangers' Dan Girardi during Wednesday's game at Madison Square Garden.

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Laine with 7 shots on goal today. 16th time a player in 18 YO season has done that since 05 lockout. (Crosby x5, MacKinnon, Pastrnak x 3)