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Sep 19, 2020

Conn Smythe Watch: Hedman, Khudobin lead the race for playoff MVP
Heading into the Stanley Cup Final, we identify the top 10 candidates to take home playoff MVP honors.

ESPN NHL
Sep 19, 2020

Stanley Cup Final preview: Lightning vs. Stars matchup, series pick
Who will win the Stanley Cup? We break the series down in six categories, and make a prediction.

ESPN NHL
Sep 18, 2020

Lightning GM: 'Don't expect' Stamkos for Game 1
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, who is out with a lower-body injury, hasn't been ruled out for the Stanley Cup Final opener, but GM Julien BriseBois said he doesn't expect him to play.

ESPN NHL
Sep 18, 2020

Penguins re-sign foward McCann to 2-year deal
Penguins forward Jared McCann signed a two-year contract that runs through the 2021-22 season and holds an average annual value of nearly $3 million.

ESPN NHL
Sep 18, 2020

Picks for the Stanley Cup champion, Conn Smythe Trophy winner
Who will take home the ultimate prize in pro sports when the Lightning and Stars clash? Our panel members make their picks on the champ, plus playoff MVP.

ESPN NHL
Sep 18, 2020

After 15 seasons, Wild not re-signing Koivu
Mikko Koivu, 37, who was named the Wild's captain in 2009 and the first to play all 1,000 NHL games with Minnesota, will not be re-signed, GM Bull Guerin said Friday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 18, 2020

Lightning vs. Stars: The lapsed fan's guide to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final
Missed a game or two this postseason? Missed all of them? Get caught up quickly here before Game 1.

ESPN NHL
Sep 18, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: The Stanley Cup Final matchup is set
The final series of the 2020 postseason begins on Saturday night after Thursday's epic OT thriller. Get caught up here.

ESPN NHL
Sep 18, 2020

Why aren't there more families in the NHL bubble?
Although the plan was for players' partners and children to join them for the conference final round and beyond, not many have. We explore why that is.

ESPN NHL
Sep 18, 2020

Why a bunch of ex-Bruins are backing Rick Bowness in the Stanley Cup Final
The last time Bowness was head coach of a playoff team was 1992. We check in with his players from that season on why they want to see him win.

ESPN NHL
Sep 18, 2020

Predictions, stats and schedule for the Stanley Cup Final
The matchup for the Stanley Cup Final is set. Here are our early predictions, along with stats for the matchup and the schedule.

ESPN NHL
Sep 17, 2020

Cup's travel plans still up in air following Final
The NHL and the Hockey Hall of Fame are weighing options on what to do with the Cup after the Stanley Cup Final. One possibility is to have the winners stay in that city to celebrate, as opposed to the Cup flying in and out of cities.

ESPN NHL
Sep 17, 2020

Coyotes make Armstrong next general manager
The Coyotes have named Blues assistant general manager Bill Armstrong their new GM.

ESPN NHL
Sep 17, 2020

World Juniors to be held in Edmonton bubble
The IIHF announced that the 2021 World Junior Championship will be held without spectators and in a single-venue "bubble" format in Edmonton, Alberta, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ESPN NHL
Sep 17, 2020

What to watch for in Episode 3 of 'Quest for the Cup'
The conference finals are coming to a close. Plus, we learn more about the mental strain of living and playing in a bubble for several weeks.

ESPN NHL
Sep 17, 2020

The Islanders' case as the current 'Kings of New York sports'
It's mostly a sea of ineptitude across the major sports in New York right now. Can Mathew Barzal & Co. stake their claim with a Stanley Cup win?

ESPN NHL
Sep 17, 2020

Kraken change AHL team site, delay team by year
The Seattle Kraken will split their players among several American Hockey League teams for their inaugural 2021-22 season with plans for their own AHL franchise in the Palm Springs area delayed by a year.

ESPN NHL
Sep 17, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: Islanders, Lightning both under pressure in Game 6
It's win or leave the bubble for the Isles, and the Lightning do not want to let this series go any longer.

ESPN NHL
Sep 17, 2020

2020 NHL Playoffs Central: Bracket, schedule, scores, highlights, analysis
From the qualification round all the way through the Stanley Cup Final, ESPN has you covered. Check out the full picture and coverage on each team.

ESPN NHL
Sep 16, 2020

GM: Settling goaltending picture Knights' priority
Figuring out the team's goaltending picture with Robin Lehner and Marc-Andre Fleury is the top priority for the Vegas Golden Knights this offseason, general manager Kelly McCrimmon said Wednesday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 16, 2020

St. Louis hires former Dallas coach Montgomery
Jim Montgomery was hired by the St. Louis Blues as an assistant Wednesday, less than a year since he was fired by the Dallas Stars for unprofessional conduct.

ESPN NHL
Sep 16, 2020

Sabres acquire Staal from Wild for Johansson
The Buffalo Sabres acquired veteran center Eric Staal in a trade that sent forward Marcus Johansson to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 16, 2020

Kraken delays Palm Springs AHL team by 1 year
The Seattle Kraken will split its players among several American Hockey League teams for its inaugural 2021-22 season with plans for their own AHL franchise in the Palm Springs area delayed by a year.

ESPN NHL
Sep 16, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: How far can the Isles push the Lightning?
We're getting at least six games in the Eastern Conference finals this year, and the Dallas Stars get some extra time off before the Stanley Cup Final.

ESPN NHL
Sep 16, 2020

Isles stay alive: Eberle seals 2-1 double-OT win
Jordan Eberle scored on a two-on-one break 12:30 into the second overtime and the Islanders avoided elimination with a 2-1 win over the Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

Panthers asst. out amid report he kicked player
Assistant coach Mike Kitchen will not return to the Florida Panthers next season among a series of staffing changes announced Tuesday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

Caps expect goalie Holtby to enter free agency
Goaltender Braden Holtby, who gave up 14 goals in the Capitals' first-round playoff loss to the Islanders, is expected to be a free agent, Washington GM Brian MacLellan said.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

Can Peter Laviolette fix what ails the Capitals?
The veteran coach was tapped to take over a team that's underachieved after winning the Stanley Cup in 2018. Here's how it could work.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

Wild sign Brodin to seven-year, $42M extension
Defenseman Jonas Brodin signed a seven-year, $42 million contract extension Tuesday with the Wild.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

Stars GM: Bowness 'earned the right' to return
After the Stars reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2000, GM Jim Nill said interim coach Rick Bowness has "earned the right" to return as head coach.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

Capitals name Laviolette their next head coach
Peter Laviolette, who has 18 years of head-coaching experience, will be the next coach of the Capitals, the team announced Tuesday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

Sources: Capitals hiring Laviolette as next coach
Peter Laviolette, who has 18 years of head coaching experience, has reached an agreement with the Capitals to be their next coach, sources confirmed to ESPN.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: Islanders hope to avoid elimination in Game 5
The Stars are headed to the Stanley Cup Final. Will the Lightning join them with a win in Game 5?

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

How the Islanders can come back to win the Eastern Conference finals
Although they're down 3-1, this group has been counted out before. Here are four key areas where they need to improve to turn the tide.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

Top-seed Golden Knights fail to reach Cup Final
A penalty in overtime proved costly for Vegas on Monday night as Dallas secured its first berth in the Stanley Cup Final since 2000, leaving the top-seeded Golden Knights to wonder how it all went wrong.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

Keys to the offseason for every eliminated NHL team
We explore what went wrong for NHL teams that are looking to the offseason, identify moves they should make and forecast their 2020-21 outlooks.

ESPN NHL
Sep 14, 2020

Flames make Ward head coach after interim run
The Flames have removed the interim tag from coach Geoff Ward, who took over the team in late November.

ESPN NHL
Sep 14, 2020

Four reasons the Golden Knights are in trouble vs. the Stars
We identify the fundamental problems for Vegas, and whether the Golden Knights can fix them in time to turn the tide in the Western Conference finals.

ESPN NHL
Sep 14, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: Stars need one more win to reach Stanley Cup Final
Dallas takes a 3-1 lead into Monday night's game against Vegas. Meanwhile, the Lightning moved within one game of the Stanley Cup Final themselves with a Game 4 win over the Isles.

ESPN NHL
Sep 13, 2020

Isles' Cizikas, Kuhnhackl exit bubble with injuries
Islanders forwards Casey Cizikas and Tom Kuhnhackl are both out for the rest of the playoffs with undisclosed injuries.

ESPN NHL
Sep 13, 2020

Down 3-1, Knights say, 'We've been here before'
Down 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals following a 2-1 loss to Dallas in Saturday night's Game 4, Vegas coach Peter DeBoer vowed, "This is a long way from over and we're going to be a tough out."

ESPN NHL
Sep 12, 2020

Islanders' Lamoriello named GM of the year
The New York Islanders' Lou Lamoriello finished ahead of fellow finalists Julien BriseBois of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Jim Nill of the Dallas Stars.

ESPN NHL
Sep 12, 2020

Carolina trades Edmundson's rights to Montreal
The Carolina Hurricanes parted ways with defenseman Joel Edmundson after one season, trading his free agent rights to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday for a fifth-round pick. Edmundson is set to become a free agent in October.

ESPN NHL
Sep 12, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: Can the Golden Knights strike back?
Vegas looks to avoid falling into a 3-1 hole to Dallas, while the Islanders got a win on the board against the Lightning. Get caught up here.

ESPN NHL
Sep 11, 2020

Wild get Bjugstad from Penguins for 2021 pick
The Wild added center Nick Bjugstad on Friday in exchange for a 2021 conditional draft pick.

ESPN NHL
Sep 11, 2020

Avs' MacKinnon takes home Lady Byng Trophy
Lady Byng winner Nathan MacKinnon had a career-low 12 penalty minutes while posting the fifth-most points in the NHL this season.

ESPN NHL
Sep 11, 2020

Kings sign Walker to 4-year, $10.6M extension
Defenseman Sean Walker signed a four-year extension with the Kings worth $10.6 million, the team announced Friday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 11, 2020

Source: Vegas, Lehner handshake on new deal
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner has a handshake agreement on a 5-year contract extension with a $5 million average annual value, according to an NHL source.

ESPN NHL
Sep 11, 2020

NHL moves up draft; free agency starts Oct. 9
The first round of the NHL draft was moved up to Oct. 6, and free agency will open Oct. 9.

ESPN NHL
Sep 11, 2020

How the Islanders are embracing their ultimate underdog status
From the GM to the coach to the players to one of the team's most famous fans, there's an "us against the world" ethos that permeates this playoff run.

ESPN NHL
Sep 11, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: Isles look to get on the board against short-handed Lightning
The Stars tilted their series against the Golden Knights with an OT thriller, while the Islanders look to avoid an 0-3 hole against the Lightning.

ESPN NHL
Sep 11, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: Isles look to get on the board against shorthanded Lightning
The Stars tilted their series against the Golden Knights with an OT thriller, while the Islanders look to avoid an 0-3 hole against the Lightning.

ESPN NHL
Sep 11, 2020

Peters' favorite NHL prospects: 10 players whom he'd 'pound the table for'
Here are 10 prospects -- either in the 2020 NHL draft class or already in an NHL system -- whom Chris Peters likes more than most.

ESPN NHL
Sep 10, 2020

Couturier 3rd Flyers player to win Selke Trophy
Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier won the Selke Trophy on Thursday, beating out four-time winner Patrice Bergeron.

ESPN NHL
Sep 10, 2020

Lightning's Killorn suspended for G3 vs. Isles
Tampa Bay forward Alex Killorn won't play in Friday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final after boarding Islanders forward Brock Nelson on Wednesday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 10, 2020

Canes reach AHL affiliation deal with Chicago
The Carolina Hurricanes have signed a three-year affiliation agreement with the Chicago Wolves, ending a 10-year run with the in-state Charlotte Checkers.

ESPN NHL
Sep 10, 2020

NCAA men's, women's hockey seasons delayed
The 2020-21 NCAA Division I men's and women's hockey seasons, which typically begin the first week of October, will be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

ESPN NHL
Sep 10, 2020

Predators hire Hinote as assistant coach
The Predators have hired Dan Hinote, who won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in his nine NHL seasons, as an assistant coach.

ESPN NHL
Sep 10, 2020

What to watch for in Episode 2 of 'Quest for the Cup'
Go inside three Game 7s in the NHL playoff bubbles and experience life on and off the ice at the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

ESPN NHL
Sep 10, 2020

The Tampa Bay Lightning will defeat Tom Brady on Sunday
Game 4 against the Isles is scheduled for a 3 p.m. puck drop, with the legendary QB's Bucs debut about an hour later. Will Lightning fans stick with their team or switch to football?

ESPN NHL
Sep 10, 2020

Peters' favorite NHL prospects: 10 players who he'd 'pound the table for'
Here are 10 prospects -- either in the 2020 NHL draft class or already in an NHL system -- whom Chris Peters likes more than most.

ESPN NHL
Sep 10, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: Pivotal Game 3 on tap for Golden Knights, Stars
While the Lightning pulled within two games of the Cup Final, the Western Conference Final is even heading into Thursday's clash.

ESPN NHL
Sep 10, 2020

Kucherov, Lightning beat buzzer, take 2-0 lead
Nikita Kucherov scored with 8.8 seconds left in regulation, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning past the New York Islanders Wednesday for a 2-0 series lead.

ESPN NHL
Sep 09, 2020

Bruins' Cassidy wins NHL's coach of year award
Bruce Cassidy, who led the Boston Bruins to a 100-point regular season before they fell in Round 2 of the postseason to the Tampa Bay Lightning, has won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year.

ESPN NHL
Sep 09, 2020

Bowness' push for Stars job 'strong,' GM says
Stars general manager Jim Nill says the team's playoff success has affected his view on the future of Dallas' head-coaching position and interim coach Rick Bowness.

ESPN NHL
Sep 09, 2020

How Bill Zito finally went from perpetual finalist to GM
The new Florida Panthers GM has come close on a number of occasions. We go inside his journey.

ESPN NHL
Sep 09, 2020

Best NHL rookies in the bubble: Ranking top 10 of the Stanley Cup playoffs
Cale Makar and Quinn Hughes weren't the only NHL rookies to star in the postseason. Here are the top 10 performers of the bubble playoffs.

ESPN NHL
Sep 09, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: Islanders seek to even series
The Golden Knights tied things up in the West on Tuesday night, and the Isles hope to do the same on Wednesday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 08, 2020

2020 NHL mock draft: Peters' projections for the first 31 picks
As the selection order starts to lock into place, Chris Peters predicts every Round 1 pick of October's NHL draft, starting with the Rangers at No. 1.

ESPN NHL
Sep 08, 2020

'He will get everything free in Finland': Kiviranta-mania is running wild
The Stars' winger electrified the hockey-loving world, especially in his native Finland, with a Game 7 hat trick. What will he do for an encore?

ESPN NHL
Sep 08, 2020

Inside the Golden Knights' NHL bubble 'Fun Committee'
From poker tournaments to "Call of Duty" to "Mario Kart" to ax throwing, the team has been making the most of all the extra time together this postseason.

ESPN NHL
Sep 08, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: Golden Knights look to strike back against the Stars
Will Game 2 of Golden Knights-Stars be as tight as Game 1? Or will they take a cue from the Lightning and unleash an offensive onslaught?

ESPN NHL
Sep 07, 2020

Senators' Ryan awarded NHL's Masterton Trophy
Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan, 33, the NHL's Masterton Trophy winner, given to a player for his perseverance, missed more than two months of the Senators' season while battling alcohol abuse.

ESPN NHL
Sep 07, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: Stars get defensive; can Islanders do the same?
The Stars clamped down on the Golden Knights in Game 1. Will the Isles do the same against the Lightning on Monday?

ESPN NHL
Sep 07, 2020

Lightning vs. Islanders: How they match up, plus a series pick
Can the Islanders' magical run this postseason continue? Or will the juggernaut Lightning return to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2015?

ESPN NHL
Sep 07, 2020

Top-seeded Vegas listless in Game 1 loss to Stars
Dallas beat Vegas 1-0 in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. "We got what we deserved. We didn't play hard enough for long enough tonight," Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said.

ESPN NHL
Sep 06, 2020

Novak Djokovic joins list of players who've had rule-breaking end a championship run
Djokovic was ousted from the US Open for breaking a rule. He's not the only player to have refs and rule-breaking change a championship. Some such as French soccer player Zinedine Zidane deserved it. Others like Clemson's James Skalski might have a gripe.

ESPN NHL
Sep 06, 2020

Wild's Dumba honored for anti-racism efforts
On Sunday, Matt Dumba was revealed as the winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded for leading on and off the ice and making humanitarian contributions to his community.

ESPN NHL
Sep 06, 2020

Cooper: Lightning's Stamkos won't return for ECF
Steven Stamkos, who hasn't played since Feb. 25, won't be available for the Eastern Conference finals, coach Jon Cooper said.

ESPN NHL
Sep 06, 2020

2020 NHL playoffs: Picks for the conference finals
Who will advance to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final? Our experts make their predictions for Islanders-Lightning and Stars-Golden Knights.

ESPN NHL
Sep 06, 2020

Conn Smythe Watch: Who's leading the race for MVP of the NHL playoffs?
We're down to the final four. Here are the top 10 candidates to take home a little extra hardware after the Stanley Cup is awarded.

ESPN NHL
Sep 06, 2020

Who wins Golden Knights-Stars? Our series breakdown, prediction
The Stars haven't been to the Stanley Cup Final since 2000; the Golden Knights since ... 2018. Who gets there in 2020?

ESPN NHL
Sep 06, 2020

Isles stop Flyers, secure spot in conference finals
After losing consecutive overtime games, resulting in a series that went the distance, the Islanders blanked the Flyers 4-0 on Saturday in Game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals, where the Lightning await.

ESPN NHL
Sep 06, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: The Conference Finals begin
We're down to our final four competing for the Stanley Cup. Get set for Golden Knights-Stars, and caught up on what you might have missed on Saturday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 06, 2020

Isles stop Flyers, secure spot in conference final
After losing consecutive overtime games, resulting in a series that went the distance, the Islanders blanked the Flyers 4-0 on Saturday in Game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals, where the Lightning await.

ESPN NHL
Sep 05, 2020

Vegas' Reaves suspended one game for check
Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves was suspended for one playoff game on Saturday for an illegal check to the head, the NHL's department of player safety announced.

ESPN NHL
Sep 05, 2020

Some families to join NHL bubble; others waiting
Family members who are Canadian citizens and are in Canada are able to join the NHL bubble for the conference finals -- after undergoing protocols. Families not in Canada, however, are awaiting clearance from the Canadian government, sources told ESPN.

ESPN NHL
Sep 05, 2020

MacKinnon: Avs must find how to break through
Saying that there's 'no moral victories,' and that Colorado 'came here to win and we didn't get the job done,' Nathan MacKinnon and the eliminated Avalanche are eager to look forward to next season.

ESPN NHL
Sep 05, 2020

X factors, picks for Game 7 of Flyers-Islanders
It all comes down to this. Two Metropolitan Division teams enter, one leaves (the bubble).

ESPN NHL
Sep 05, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: Flyers, Islanders fight over last conference final ticket
The Lightning await the winner of Saturday night's game. Plus, the Western Conference Final matchup is set.

ESPN NHL
Sep 05, 2020

Vegas solves Canucks' hot goalie to win Game 7
The Golden Knights overcame their postseason baggage and one of the hottest goaltenders in the playoffs to win Game 7 against Vancouver on Friday night, advancing to the Western Conference finals against the Dallas Stars.

ESPN NHL
Sep 05, 2020

Vegas escapes Canucks' hot goalie to win Game 7
The Golden Knights overcame their postseason baggage and one of the hottest goaltenders in the playoffs to win Game 7 against Vancouver on Friday night, advancing to the Western Conference Final against the Dallas Stars.

ESPN NHL
Sep 04, 2020

Stars' 'secret weapon' Kiviranta hero in Game 7
Stars rookie Joel Kiviranta completed a hat trick with a series-clinching goal in overtime Friday to lift his team to a 5-4 win over the Avs in Game 7.

ESPN NHL
Sep 04, 2020

Who will win Game 7 of Golden Knights-Canucks? X factors, picks on the game
Vegas and Vancouver are headed for a showdown on Friday. Here are the players who could sway the game, along with our final score predictions.

ESPN NHL
Sep 04, 2020

X factors and picks for Game 7 of Avalanche-Stars
Who or what will determine the team that makes it to the Western Conference finals? Our panelists debate, and serve up their picks.

ESPN NHL
Sep 04, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: Double Game 7 day!
Double the tension, double the fun. The two Western Conference series will be decided on Friday. Get caught up here.

ESPN NHL
Sep 04, 2020

DeBoer on blown lead: 'No place for frustration'
With the Knights' 3-1 series lead gone and a Game 7 looming against the Canucks, Vegas coach Peter DeBoer says his team must "reset" following Thursday's 4-0 loss.

ESPN NHL
Sep 04, 2020

Lindblom, after cancer, helps Flyers force Game 7
Flyers foward Oskar Lindblom, who hasn't played since he was diagnosed with and treated for a rare bone cancer in December, returned to help the Flyers stave off elimination yet again on Thursday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 03, 2020

Flyers' Lindblom, after cancer, returns for Game 6
Flyers foward Oskar Lindblom, who hasn't played since being diagnosed and treated for a rare bone cancer in December, returned to the lineup Thursday for Game 6 vs. the Islanders.

ESPN NHL
Sep 03, 2020

Chara clarifies he wants to stay in Boston
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said Thursday that he wants to keep playing and he wants to do it in Boston.

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