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2hScott Burnside

Early NHL grades: McDavid gets an A+, Blackhawks' PK an F-

The NHL season is two weeks old. So what have we learned? That captain Connor McDavid is the real deal, the Predators' power play is potent and the Blackhawks are trapped in penalty-kill hell.

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4hPierre LeBrun

Ducks re-sign star D Lindholm to 6-year deal

Star defenseman Hampus Lindholm finally re-signed with the Ducks, to a six-year deal. The deal is worth an average of $5.25 million a season, according to ESPN sources and multiple reports.

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NHL reps in South Korea to inspect 2018 venues

NHL representatives are in South Korea to inspect Olympic facilities as the league mulls whether to let its players appear for a sixth consecutive Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

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4hCraig 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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6hJoe 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.

Lucic tips in power-play goal to extend Oilers' lead (0:19)
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4hSean 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.

Pirri nets two goals in Rangers' win (0:36)
Weber sends Canadiens past Islanders (0:24)
Ducks cruise past Predators (0:33)
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1dJoe 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.

Lightning goalie loses two teeth making save with mask (0:25)
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2dJoe McDonald

Superstar Price picking up right where he left off

Goalie Carey Price, back from the flu, has lifted the Montreal Canadiens and once again is leading them to dominance in the Eastern Conference. Plus, more goalie tales.

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3dScott 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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3dSean 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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5dScott 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.

Three Michigan legends net perfect trick shots (0:37)
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6dJoe 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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8dJoshua 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?


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: The lineup changes that matter

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Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Ducks GM Bob Murray on media call says they're ok at this point on the salary cap, doesn't have to necessarily make a trade

Linda Cohn @lindacohn

AV never seemed to warm up to McIlrath. He put pressure on himself to please his coach. It was uphill battle. Now McIlrath on waivers. #NYR

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

There's a decent amount of humor to be found in Dylan McIlrath being on waivers the same day Cam Fowler trade rumors are in hyperdrive.

Craig Custance

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? What's driving the increase in goal scoring?

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Craig Custance @CraigCustance

In 11 games last November and December, Frederik Andersen had an .890 save percentage. Finished at .919. Maybe let it play out.

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

The top 3 teams in score-adjusted Corsi (L.A., FLA, San Jose) means that elite hockey and proximity to a beach has a significant correlation

Bucci Mane @Buccigross

Oilers: 6 wins within first 7 games for the first time since 1985-86..Connor McDavid: 2 assists; 4th multi-point game this season