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6hScott Burnside

McDavid, Laine top under-24 rankings

Connor McDavid and Patrik Laine lead the charge for the league's young guns in the latest under-24 rankings. Plus, a goalie showdown looms between Matt Murray and Andrei Vasilevskiy.

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Photos: The NHL's top young guns

Has this season's youth movement heralded the best talent wave in NHL history? These 15 fledgling stars with skills beyond their years are changing the fortunes of their teams -- and making a convincing case that this is hockey's golden age.

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3dPierre LeBrun

Dubnyk's success didn't come easy

It wasn't that long ago that Minnesota Wild sensation Devan Dubnyk was toiling away in the minors while struggling to get his game in shape. But just look at him now.

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Flyers rally for 7th straight win

Michael Raffl scored in the final minutes and Claude Giroux netted two goals to help the Flyers win their 7th straight and defeat the Oilers.

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6hScott Burnside

Non-NHL Olympic rosters for USA, Canada

If the NHL and NHLPA can't come to an agreement with the IOC about participation in the Olympics, what would Team USA and Team Canada look like? We drafted some teams.

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Patent office denies Golden Knights trademark

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied the Vegas Golden Knights' trademark request, citing a "likelihood of confusion." The franchise had just unveiled its name Nov. 22.

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Lee's blast off the faceoff is the winner for Islanders (0:25)
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3dPierre LeBrun

Sources: NHL, NHLPA mulling 'bye week' in '17-18

The NHL and NHL Players' Association are discussing plans to implement five-day bye weeks for teams during the the 2017-18 season, according to sources.

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3dCraig Custance

Teams hurt most by bad, old deals

Which NHL teams have the biggest disadvantage due to declining players still making big money? What's the cost still being paid?

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9dScott 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.

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Rangers at Blackhawks, 8:30 ET..Blackhawks: last in NHL in penalty killing at 71.4 pct (60-84)

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Oilers at Wild, 8 ET Connor McDavid: has 14 points (6 G, 8 A) in his last 6 road games..Wild: 4-1-3 in their last 8 games

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Jack Eichel (BUF): 5 points (3 G, 2 A) in five games since return from ankle injury Nov. 29

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Capitals at Sabres, 7 ET Alex Ovechkin (WSH): 0 goals in his last 6 games since recording hat trick vs Blues Nov. 23

Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer 

Wayne Gretzky on NHL players participating in the Olympics, an issue very much up in the air for 2018: "I'm a big believer in the Olympic Games. I happen to love everything about the Olympic Games."

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I'd love to see a play-in game but Bettman said there's zero appetite to change playoffs: "We think the structure we have now works."