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Ranking the best OT, shootout winners from Wednesday's action
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The NHL schedule featured a whopping 15 games Wednesday, with every team in action except for the St. Louis Blues. Regulation wasn’t enough for a handful of those contests, with varying degrees of excellence on display in deciding the eventual victors. Here's how we rank the six shootout- and overtime-winning goals. 6. Turris making friends […]

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Ranking the 5 best moments from Matthews' first 100 NHL games
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On Monday night, Auston Matthews had the distinct pleasure of facing his childhood team – the Arizona Coyotes – in the 100th game of his career. While the 4-1 loss might not have gone as planned, it is seemingly the only thing that has gone askew in the sophomore’s impeccable career to date. For the […]

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Ranking the NHL's final 4 greatest moments
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This week, NHL.com unveiled its semifinal matchups as it looks to crown the greatest moment in NHL history as part of the league’s 100-year celebration. Fans have voted on their favorites in a 64-moment bracket-style system. One semifinal pits Wayne Gretzky reaching the 50-goal mark in his 39th game against Mario Lemieux scoring five different […]

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Ranking the top 31 prospects for the 2018 NHL draft
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Ranking the top 31 prospects for the 2018 NHL draft

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Ranking whether five of NHL's surprising fast starts are for real
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The NHL season is 11% old — not enough time to make true declarations about teams or players but just enough to assess small sample sizes and whether they are sustainable. Here's a ranking of the confidence level we have that these surprising fast starts will continue during the season. 1. Andrei

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Ranking the goalies: 8 backups see action on busy Saturday night
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More than a few coaches turned to their backup goaltender in a jam-packed night on the NHL calendar. Eight second-stringers got the call Saturday night and came away with varying degrees of success. Here's our assessment of their performances, from the most alarming to the most promising. Time to panic Antti Niemi The Pittsburgh Penguins […]

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Ranking the best rookie performances from Thursday night
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Much like the rest of professional North American sports, hockey is quickly becoming a “young man’s game.” And, after the outstanding performances from a crop of rookies Thursday night, that growing trend is becoming more evident with each passing game. Due to the volume of stellar showings – three players got their first career NHL […]

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Ranking the NHL's most indispensable players
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Ranking the NHL’s most indispensable players

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Ranking how worried NHL's five worst teams should be
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Two weeks into the 2017-18 NHL season, one team has no wins and five have one. While a slow start won't bury a team's playoff chances, it makes for anxious times. Ranking how worried those teams with at least five games played should be. (The Wild have played only four games): 1. Arizona Coyotes

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Ranking best NHL arenas
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Last year, the Oilers moved into their brand-new arena, Rogers Place, in Edmonton, and this season both the Detroit Red Wings (Little Caesars Arena) and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights (T-Mobile Arena) are christening new buildings. Following is a detailed ranking of all of the arenas in the National

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Ranking the 4 hat tricks through the opening 2 nights of the NHL season
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We've been pretty spoiled through the first two nights of the 2017-18 NHL season. There's been goals up the wazoo, and with that we've been blessed with four hat tricks. Each has been impressive in its own way, but lets be honest, some goals are prettier than others and some performances rank higher – in […]

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Ranking the 10 best players outside the NHL
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With NHL rosters finalized and the season underway, we take a look at the top 10 players not currently playing in the NHL. 10. Rasmus Dahlin Dahlin is the projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NHL draft. The 6-foot-2 Swedish blue-liner is currently playing for Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League

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