6:02 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN NEW YORK — Kevin Shattenkirk grew up a New York Mets fan, so he was giddy to have his New York Rangers using their Citi Field clubhouse as a locker room for the 2018 NHL Winter Classic. As a kid in New Rochelle, his best friend had season tickets, which
Dec 31, 2017 Greg WyshynskiESPN NEW YORK — During the NHL’s Winter Classic on Monday, the roster for the U.S. 2018 Winter Olympics men’s hockey team will be announced. Kevin Shattenkirk‘s name will not be on it, because the NHL has forbidden it. “I wish we were going. It still kills me that we’re not,”
Every team, no matter how good, can always improve from the right trade. The Calgary Flames have enough quality pieces for them to be considered a playoff-caliber team. But there are four players out there that could potentially take them from a playoff team to a contender. Although it would be nice, the Flames aren’t
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Elias Pettersson and Lias Andersson each had two goals and an assist and Sweden beat Switzerland 7-2 on Saturday in the world junior hockey championship to wrap up Group B. The United States was off Saturday after beating Canada 4-3 in a shootout Friday in a snowy outdoor game at the Buffalo
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg has been placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, the team announced Saturday before its home game against the Minnesota Wild. Forsberg had 15:04 of ice time Friday night in a loss in Minnesota. His last shift ended with 8:40 remaining in the third period.
As the calendar runs out on 2017, the Carolina Hurricanes season really got going in earnest Friday night as they began a deep dive into competition in the Metropolitan Division. The Pittsburgh Penguins came calling for the season’s first matchup with the Hurricanes. Raleigh’s Pittsburgh Penguins forward, Phil Kessel, leads his struggling team in points
ORCHARD PARK, New York — Amid freezing temperatures and snowfall from start to finish, a record 44,592 people attended Friday’s International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship preliminary-round game between the United States and Canada at New Era Field. It shattered the previous record-high attendance for a World Junior Championship of 20,380 in Ottawa in
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The NHL isn’t going to get drawn into any discussions about participating in future Winter Olympics until after the Pyeongchang Games are complete. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said that’s the answer he provided to International Ice Hockey Federation general secretary Horst Lichtner on Friday. Daly and Lichtner happened to sit together
In today’s Rumor Rundown we take a look at some of the names most likely to be on many insider’s trade-watch list. As the NHL Trade Freeze comes to a close, among those garnering the most attention are Kris Letang from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Mike Hoffman of the Ottawa Senators and Max Pacioretty from the
The 2013 NHL Entry Draft saw several current superstars make their first appearance on stage in their new threads including Nathan MacKinnon, Aleksander Barkov and Sean Monahan. Nine players from the first-round have been traded since, most notably, Jonathan Drouin, Seth Jones and Shea Theodore. Eight players from that draft class have dressed in less than
It’s been a tough year for the Florida Panthers. 37 games into the 2017-18 National Hockey League season and the team has exactly 37 points, not nearly a good enough pace to hit the mid-90s, the general threshold for making the playoffs in the wild card era. That said, the team has won four
For Sabre fans, the great thing about the World Junior Championship is it offers a temporary respite from their team’s dismal season. Watching Sabre prospects like Casey Mittelstadt, Alex Nylander and Marcus Davidsson offers hope for the future. Halfway through the preliminary round of four games, here’s how all five Sabre prospects are performing: Casey
The New York Rangers are set to host the Buffalo Sabres at Shea Stad… err, Citi Field (usual home of the New York Mets) in the latest edition of the NHL’s Winter Classic outdoor game on New Year’s Day. It’s the 10th time the league is putting on the special showcase. Do you still care
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Samuel Bucek scored an unassisted goal with 2:08 remaining in the third period to give Slovakia a 3-2 victory over the United States at the world junior hockey championships on Thursday. Filip Krivosik scored the other two goals for Slovakia, and Roman Durny made 43 saves in his world junior debut. Casey
According to statisticians, it happened with 1:09 remaining in regulation. That’s when the New York Islanders rallied with a goal to tie their game against the Sabres, 2-2. Not according to Robin Lehner. “Everything is predetermined against us,” Lehner said after the game in Barclays Center. “I know Toronto already made up their mind it
For many, expansion teams in professional sports should suck. They should be destined for a multi-year sentence of futile failure. It’s sort of like an unwritten rule that speaks to the initiation of new franchises. As a result, fans are treated to disappointing results night after night and are left with little reason for optimism. Players
The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is filled with great opportunities for sports fans across the spectrum. College football bowl games, the winding down of the NFL season, featured NBA marquis-matchups and of course “holiday hockey” fill the sport menu. Like filling up on holiday food, the sports fan can overdose on a
The 2018 World Junior Championships kicked off yesterday and so far things are looking really great for the two North American teams. Canada’s first game was against Finland in the afternoon and they beat them 4-2 at the Key Bank Centre in Buffalo, NY. Then at 8 p.m. last night, the United States played against Denmark
New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider is out indefinitely with a blood clot in his right arm, the team announced Thursday. Kreider was pulled from Wednesday’s 1-0 win over the Capitals in the first period and didn’t return. He was sent to a hospital on Wednesday night, and the clot was diagnosed later that night.
The Ottawa Senators are far from where they expected to be by the end of December. Sitting at seventh place in the Atlantic Division, any hopes of a playoff spot are quickly starting to fade. The math certainly isn’t in their favour, as the Senators are 15 points back of the final playoff spot in
As is the case every year for the World Junior Hockey Championship, NHL teams have a keen collective eye on which players’ draft stocks are affected by their performances at the tournament. However, teams are also eager to see how some of the prospects already in the system perform. These are players who have already
1:51 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner said the NHL “predetermined” that his team would lose a video goal review on Wednesday night in Brooklyn, one that resulted in the New York Islanders’ game-tying tally with 1:09 left in regulation. With their goalie pulled, the Islanders worked the puck to winger Josh
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Jonah Gadjovich scored twice, and Canada routed Slovakia 6-0 on Wednesday night to improve to 2-0 in the world junior hockey championship. Maxime Comtois, Taylor Raddysh, Sam Steel and Jordan Kyrou also scored, and Colton Point made 20 saves. Canada was coming off a 4-2 victory over Finland on Tuesday in its
Arizona Coyotes forward Zac Rinaldo has been suspended for six games for an unsuspecting punch on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard in a Dec. 23 game. Rinaldo drew a match penalty for punching Girard in the face and setting off a brawl during Colorado’s 6-2 victory last Friday. Just before the punch, Rinaldo delivered a
Dec 28, 2017 Greg WyshynskiESPN If the hockey year of 2017 was anything, it was … interesting. We had back-to-back Stanley Cup champions for the first time in 19 years. We had the frequent (and unavoidable) entanglements between hockey and politics, both domestic and international. We had players who inspired us — and players who
Aside from their 8-1 thrashing of the Carolina Hurricanes in the Next Century Game, the Toronto Maple Leafs had hit a mini slump over the past couple weeks. Losses to the Flyers, Wild and Red Wings without Auston Matthews in the lineup had Leafs Nation wondering what this team was going to do on a
Christmas Break is over. For the Columbus Blue Jackets, it’s time to get back to business. They open their post-Christmas schedule and finish calendar-year 2017 with three tough games. They play in Pittsburgh and Ottawa then come home to face the NHL-leading Lightning. What are we watching for from now until the end of January?
ST. LOUIS — The Blues have signed general manager Doug Armstrong to a four-year contract extension with a team option for a fifth year, the team announced Wednesday. Armstrong, who is also the team’s president of hockey operations, is in his 10th season with the Blues. Since he became GM in 2010, the team has
As naturally as many families become associated with specific industries that they work within, it’s become commonplace for families to become associated with specific sports in specific parts of the world. Within the hockey world, arguably the most influential family in history – with apologies to Maurice and Henri Richard – is the Sutter family.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Casey Mittelstadt and Kieffer Bellows each scored two goals, Joseph Woll made 17 saves, and the United States began its title defense at the world junior hockey championship with a 9-0 victory over Denmark on Tuesday night. In other preliminary round games, the Czech Republic upset Russia 5-4, Sweden beat Belarus 6-1,