Now and Later Rankings: Best player, team today -- and for the future
What's the top team in the NHL? Who will it be in four years? Is Sidney Crosby still the face of the league, or is Connor McDavid already coming for his throne? We surveyed 50 players, scouts and execs to find out who they like now -- and down the road.
Bring back the glow puck; no, I'm serious
Universally criticized as one of the worst ideas in sports history, it might actually be time to consider bringing back the infamous glow puck introduced to the game more than 20 years ago.
Drouin not intimidated by Montreal spotlight
Being a French-Canadian goal scorer on the Montreal Canadiens brings with it a level of pressure that is almost incomparable in sports. But Jonathan Drouin doesn't sound like he's too concerned about it.
What's the NHL's best rivalry?
Although league rivalries are overhyped these days -- the crazy playoff format and fewer fights have cooled them off a bit -- as we saw Wednesday night, the heat between two Midwest teams is still high on the confrontation meter.
Seeing a Henrik Lundqvist jersey from the Swedish national team isn't uncommon at New York Rangers home games. But seeing 33 of them, seated together, at the Rangers' game against the Islanders on Thursday night? A little odd. Turns out the backstory was even odder: This was a group of window salespeople from Sweden who won a sales contest for their company; a contest whose bounty was an all-expenses-paid trip to New York, including seats in the 100s at Madison Square Garden. Their dream? That Lundqvist would notice them, potentially for a postgame photo-op with these window salespeople. You know, if it's not too much of a pane ... er, pain.
Flyers founder Snider honored with statue
Philadelphia Flyers founder Ed Snider was honored with a 9-foot bronze statue outside the Wells Fargo Center. Snider founded the Flyers in the 1960s and remained chairman until his death in April 2016.
Concussion sidelines Bruins' Rask indefinitely
A collision with a teammate in practice has sidelined Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask indefinitely, the team said Thursday. Anton Khudobin replaced Rask in the starting lineup Thursday night.
Injury impacts for each NHL team
With two weeks down, Victoria Matiash reviews the injury report for all 31 NHL teams and evaluates the fantasy spin.
Some brutal news for the Los Angeles Kings, who were flying high with a 5-0-1 start: Forward Jeff Carter is "out indefinitely" after suffering a cut to his left leg in Wednesday night's win over the Montreal Canadiens, following a hit from defenseman Jeff Petry in which Petry's skate sliced his left leg. GM Rob Blake said Carter had surgery to repair the injury, and that it didn't affect his Achilles. Blake declined to release a timetable for his return. Carter is an irreplaceable offensive weapon for the Kings, leading them with 32 goals and 34 assists in 82 games last season, and three assists in six games this season. His prolonged absence could derail the Kings' resurgence. After Carter and Anze Kopitar, there's a cliff-dive drop in quality at center.
Kings' Carter out indefinitely after leg surgery
Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a cut on his left leg.
Through seven games, New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh has made some uncharacteristic and glaring errors. None have been more glaring than his turnover to Phil Kessel to set up Evgeni Malkin's overtime winner for the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night, which was a sprig of holly away from being perfectly giftwrapped. But coach Alain Vigneault says McDonagh, while pressing during the Rangers' underwhelming start (1-5-1), can turn it around. "Everyone looks at the last game, and what happened there, and you've gotta turn the page and move on and focus on tonight," he said ahead of Thursday night's home game against the Islanders. "Mac, like always, puts a lot on himself. There's probably a couple of decisions here and there that are not Mac-like. He's always been very dependable. Like some of our other guys, he's trying real hard to get this going in the right direction. But he's only one or two really solid plays away from being real good." For what it's worth, McDonagh is a minus-2 and doesn't have a point at even strength, but emphatically leads the team with a plus-32 in Corsi – over double that of Mika Zibanejad, who is second (plus-14). Which, again, might say more about the Rangers at this point than it does McDonagh.
Vote: What's wrong with the New York Rangers?
The Blueshirts are off to a surprisingly sluggish start, so we ponder what this season will hold for coach Alain Vigneault and whether superstars Rick Nash and Henrik Lundqvist can right the ship.
St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka has been fined $5,000 by the NHL for a high-sticking infraction on Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night, for which he received a double-minor at 14:40 of the third period. That's the maximum amount he could be fined by the League. After the Blackhawks' 5-2 loss to the Blues, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said Sharp was "fine." He also said the Blackhawks were "brutal" in that loss, which is accurate.
With a goal in Wednesday night's 6-3 win over Detroit, Toronto's Auston Matthews is the NHL's only player to score six times in his team's first seven games in each of the last two seasons. (Photo: Dan Hamilton/USA Today Sports)
Kempe has first career hat trick in Kings' win over Montreal
Adrian Kempe had his first career hat trick to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.
Kempe scores hat trick in 3rd period.
Adrian Kempe's first three goals of the season come in a hat trick all in the third period of the Kings' 5-1 win over the Canadiens.
Cammalleri bats puck mid-air for goal.
Michael Cammalleri hits the deflected puck in flight to put the Kings up 3-1 in the 3rd period.
Schwartz scores hat trick in win over Blackhawks.
Jaden Schwartz's hat trick was the difference in the Blues' 5-2 win over the Blackhawks.
Matthews goes through the legs for the goal.
Auston Matthews shoots straight through the legs of the defender to extend the Maple Leafs' lead to 3-1.
Kadri takes advantage of line change for first goal.
Nazem Kadri scores the first goal of the game as the Red Wings get caught on a line change to give the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead.
Jaden Schwartz has hat trick, Blues beat Blackhawks 5-2
Jaden Schwartz had his third career hat trick to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Maple Leafs have 4-goal 1st, beat Red Wings 6-3
Curtis McElhinney made 29 saves in his season debut and the Toronto Maple Leafs scored four times in the first period in a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.
Should NHL adopt new playoff format?
Woody Paige and Israel Gutierrez discuss whether NHL teams should be able to pick their own opponents.
With once-in-a-generation talent and a uniquely American backstory, why isn't Maple Leafs phenom Auston Matthews a bigger star?
The NHL hasn't asked for any restrictions on betting Vegas Golden Knights games in Las Vegas. As ESPN's Arash Markazi details, whether people at the games are fans of the team or bettors, there shouldn't be any issues in today's modern betting world.
The most interesting player in the league, Jaromir Jagr, took the ice Wednesday night for the Calgary Flames, his sixth team in the past seven seasons. So what does it all mean? We take a look.
Looking for a boost in fantasy hockey? Victoria Matiash lists the best players still available in the majority of ESPN leagues to add from waivers.