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2hJoe McDonald

Five fearless NHL predictions

The season is barely a week old, but we're going out on a limb to say the Lightning will catch fire, Carey Price will lead the Canadiens to the playoffs and Brad Marchand will score 40 (or more).

Big third propels Wings (0:51)
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15hCraig Custance

Checking in on the goalie trade market

With Jonathan Quick and Mike Smith out with injuries, will their teams make a trade for fill-in starters?

Boychuk's slapper off the faceoff is a game-winner (0:24)
Pair of second period goals push Blue Jackets past Blackhawks (0:22)
Matthews scores fifth goal in loss to Wild (0:16)
Ovechkin, Capitals top Panthers (0:55)
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14hJoe 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.

Bruins edge Devils on Bergeron's goal (0:19)
McDavid, Oilers power past Blues (0:54)
Martinez's OT goal lifts Kings over Stars (0:29)
Penguins score three goals in third to top Sharks (0:52)
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2dJoe 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.

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3dCraig 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?

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2dJoshua 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?


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.

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4dJoe 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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4dScott 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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4dCraig 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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According to Elias, the Predators' 2 power play goals in an 18-second span in the 2nd period was the smallest window of time between power play goals in franchise history. The previous record was 21 seconds, also against the Red Wings (2006).