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Follow live: Crosby ready to lace up skates in season debut against Panthers

Penguins star Sidney Crosby will return from a concussion looking to help Pittsburgh improve on a 3-2-1 start.

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4hJoe McDonald

Will new-look Wild finally win the West?

After Minnesota came up short in the playoffs again, veteran coach Bruce Boudreau and Cup winner Eric Staal came on board to help reverse those fortunes. They're already making an impact.

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7hCraig Custance

The Predators' post-Pekka Rinne plans

Pekka Rinne has been effective this season, with a .922 save percentage. But given his age, the Predators must consider their long-term plans in goal.

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7hJoe 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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Habs top Flyers for 4th straight victory

Shea Weber netted his second goal of the season for Montreal, and then the Canadiens scored twice in the third period to earn their fourth consecutive win.

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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.

Versteeg's shootout winner gives the Flames two points (0:23)
Elliott's great kick save sends game into overtime (0:20)
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1dSean 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.

Jones excited for young corps in Columbus (2:38)
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3dScott 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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4dJoe 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.

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5dJoe 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.

Gretzky once received shooting tips from usher at Hockey HOF (1:13)
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6dCraig 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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6dJoshua 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?


Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

Ready for Hockey Fights Cancer Night at TD Garden as the Boston Bruins host the Minnesota Wild.

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Lightning at Maple Leafs...Auston Matthews Ranks tied for 2nd in NHL in goals and tied for 5th in pts (5G/3A); leads all rookies in both

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Panthers at Penguins, 7 ET Sidney Crosby expected to play..Penguins: 3-2-1 (7 pts) this season without Crosby in the lineup

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20 YO Jake DeBrusk-BOS (first round 2015) currently leads the AHL in shots on goal with 23 shots in his first 5 pro games.

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Ready to make a change to your fantasy hockey roster? Here are the best players that are available in the majority of ESPN leagues, along with highly owned players that should be dropped. Look West for waiver-wire help

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Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The Boston Bruins (3-2-0) host the Minnesota Wild (3-2-1) Tuesday night at TD Garden. After an offseason of change, including new coach Bruce Boudreau, it's still early to know how the Wild will play this season. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk discusses the Wild's start.


Craig Custance

Pekka Rinne has been effective this season, with a .922 save percentage. But given his age, the Predators must consider their long-term plans in goal. The Predators' post-Pekka Rinne plans

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Anton Khudobin has suffered an upper-body injury and is expected to miss approximately 3 weeks. McIntyre has been recalled from Providence.