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Philadelphia Flyers rookie Nolan Patrick practiced Wednesday and is expected to play Thursday at Ottawa after being knocked out of Tuesday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks. Patrick, the talented center who had three points this season, was checked head-first into the glass by Anaheim forward Chris Wagner, dropped to his knees and needed help leaving
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Marc Bergevin Can Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin turn it around? Not just the season after a historically bad start, but how he’s perceived by the public? The two aren’t mutually exclusive, as most everyone is more successful at their jobs without any distractions hindering their concentration or vitriol being spewed in their direction.
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Oct 26, 2017 Emily KaplanESPN Don’t get spooked, but Halloween is right around the corner. That means we’re three weeks into the season, and trends are beginning to solidify. For this week’s Power Rankings — voted, as always, by ESPN’s panel of 20 experts — we kept in the holiday spirit to identify the scariest
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No matter how many times we see hot and cold streaks come and go in hockey, there is always a tendency to jump to conclusions when early-season results either exceed or fall short of our expectations. Having an eye for whether small-sample stats are indicative of things to come can be the difference between winning
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As much as the Edmonton Oilers slow start irked Todd McLellan, chances are the way his team was losing games is what bothered him most. Though they still gives up their share of chances, last night’s overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins was the club’s third consecutive 2-1 outcome. Despite the loss, the head coach
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If there’s one thing every current hockey fan knows, it’s that in 3-on-3 overtime, chances are regularly exchanged and the puck moves from one end of the ice to the other in rapid succession. 2-on-1 breaks are a consistency in extra time and if you can’t skate, you might as well play back in the neutral
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What is the NHL’s biggest tire fire? Greg Wyshynski: There is a collection of very worthy (unworthy?) candidates for the season’s most scorching early tire fires. Some teams have struggled through significant injuries, such as the Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild. Some teams have struggled because a series of franchise-redefining moves haven’t exactly panned out;
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The law of averages states that things eventually even out; the Florida Panthers better hope that happens soon. Despite playing relatively well, the team still came out of the third week of the 2017-18 National Hockey League campaign with a 1-2-0 record, putting them 3-4-0 on the season, good for sixth in the uber-competitive Atlantic.
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College hockey is exciting, especially when some of the nation’s best teams move up and down the rankings. This week, Quinnipiac University propelled themselves over Northeastern University to a 3-1-1 record. Meanwhile, St. Cloud State University remained undefeated after reverting Boston College to a record of 1-3-1. The University of Denver remains the No. 1
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This article was originally written in August, 2015. In 2005-06, a 25-year-old native of Moose Factory, Ontario, one of the most northern settlements in the Province located at the base of Hudson Bay, shattered expectations and won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer. Four year later, he had played in his
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There’s a lot to like about the 2017-18 Calgary Flames roster, but there are also a few pieces that just don’t quite fit the puzzle anymore. Players like Mike Smith, Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and T.J. Brodie have been great, and obviously aren’t going anywhere. Michael Ferland and Sam Bennett have undoubtedly struggled to start
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‘Ducks Drill Down’ is a regular, ~weekly column that recaps the latest goings-on with the Anaheim Ducks. The Anaheim Ducks got a nice respite from a busy first couple of weeks of the season that saw them compile a paltry 2-3-1 record while trying to stay afloat in the standings amidst an onslaught of injuries
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Greg Wyshynski: The Golden Knights’ success (6-1-0) is stunning for an NHL expansion team. No other first-year team in the history of the league has won six of its first seven games. This doesn’t just include every expansion team in the past 100 years, but teams like the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL’s inaugural 1917-18
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Any hockey fan worth their salt knows the term “Original Six.” Those words immediately bring to mind images from the NHL’s rich history–from a time when goalies had no masks, and giants like Eddie Shore and Toe Blake patrolled the ice. Most fans can also correctly identify the teams that make up the Original Six:
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You’ve likely heard of the saying that perception is reality. In this respect, Vancouver Canucks fans are often described as among the whiniest in the NHL. While you can argue how fair this perception is, the fans didn’t help themselves with their reaction to Brock Boeser being a healthy scratch for the home opener against
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