Month: September 2018

Perhaps overshadowed by Mathew Barzal’s brilliance and Calder Memorial Trophy-winning season, Ryan Pulock’s first full National Hockey League season was still an impressive one. Now, Pulock isn’t only looking to build off his rookie campaign but to become the go-to guy on the New York Islanders’ blue line. Drafting Ryan Pulock In 2013, the Islanders used
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The Penguins did not receive satisfactory secondary scoring last year. This has been analyzed and harped on, both inside the organization and by the fanbase. After failing to three-peat in 2017-18, GM Jim Rutherford has made it a priority to secure an abundance of NHL-capable bottom-six forwards. This decision has prompted some interesting decisions regarding
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Almost one year ago the NHL expansion Vegas Golden Knights won their first home opener, 5-2, over Arizona with a T-Mobile Arena sellout crowd of 18,191. It was an emotional game for a variety of reasons. The Knights became the first NHL expansion team to win its first three games. It was not just the
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With the NHL’s regular season right around the corner, many are excited for what is sure to be another action-packed year of hockey. Right at the center of that fun should be the Atlantic Division, which may be one of the NHL’s weirdest and hardest divisions to project for the 2018-19 season, but for very
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Picture a scenario. Your local NHL team is playing a nationally-televised game. It’s on NBCSN, which you access through an app because you don’t have cable or satellite. You’re excited to watch it, but when you turn it on, you’re denied because of your location. Another scenario. You live in Philadelphia and have purchased NHL.TV
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2:00 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Does Joe Thornton watch the NHL standings? “A little bit,” he told me, sitting in his stall after a recent San Jose Sharks practice. Get ready for the upcoming hockey season with team-by-team previews, bold predictions, position rankings, prospect reports and fantasy nuggets. A new NHL season is here, and
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7:00 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN With the 2018-19 season fast approaching, we’re running snapshots of all 31 NHL teams, including point total projections, positional previews, best- and worst-case scenarios and more. The Vegas Golden Knights couldn’t have done much better in their inaugural campaign. What do they have in store for an encore? How they
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7:00 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN With the 2018-19 season fast approaching, we’re running snapshots of all 31 NHL teams, including point total projections, positional previews, best- and worst-case scenarios and more. It’s the first season without the Sedin Twins for the Vancouver Canucks. Where should expectations be set? How they finished in 2017-18: 31-40-11 (73
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Sep 28, 2018 Greg WyshynskiESPN With the 2018-19 season fast approaching, we’re running snapshots of all 31 NHL teams, including point total projections, positional previews, best- and worst-case scenarios and more. Ilya Kovalchuk joins a dynamite veteran core for the Los Angeles Kings that has Stanley Cups on its résumé. Can they win another this
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A key ingredient necessary for the 2018-19 Buffalo Sabres to rise out of the league’s basement and into playoff contention is a consistent contribution from a variety of players. Analysts and pundits alike have highlighted offseason additions from the St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins and Swedish Hockey League, who all will almost assuredly fill their
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Sep 28, 2018 Emily KaplanESPN With the 2018-19 season fast approaching, we’re running snapshots of all 31 NHL teams, including point total projections, positional previews, best- and worst-case scenarios and more. After a trip to the Western Conference finals last season, the Winnipeg Jets enter 2018-19 as one of the top favorites for the Stanley
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The 2017-18 season both went better than expected and worse than expected for the Boston Bruins. Entering the season, the Bruins were fresh off of a first-round playoff loss to the Ottawa Senators and the hope was that the team would be able to progress from there. After all, the team went from perennial Stanley
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Get ready for the upcoming hockey season with team-by-team previews, bold predictions, position rankings, prospect tips, fantasy nuggets and more. Atlantic Division previews After an early playoff exit last spring, can the Bruins make one more Stanley Cup run with their veteran core intact? Read more. Long-suffering Sabres fans are ready for another playoff run.
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11:20 AM ET Paul LukasESPN.com Close Sports journalism’s foremost uniform reporter ESPN.com columnist since 2004 Also blogs at uni-watch.com Ever since the Hartford Whalers packed up, moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, and became the Carolina Hurricanes, heartsick hockey fans back in Connecticut have been dreaming of the day when the Whalers might return to the
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