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NHL Power Rankings: Maple Leafs take over top spot
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The first week of the season is always difficult to determine the NHL power rankings.  For example, the expansion Golden Knights have won their first three games. The Devils, a last-place team a year ago, are 2-0, while the Penguins opened up defense of their Stanley Cup title with a pair of ugly losses

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Matt Duchene doesn’t take comments from ‘hero’ Peter Forsberg personally
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Maybe Peter Forsberg’s tone wasn’t harsh in a Swedish interview about Matt Duchene, but it all seemed like the latest unpleasant moment for a player who went from Colorado Avalanche fan to a key player for the Avs. Consider that Duchene is also being shopped by Avs GM Joe Sakic, surely one of his other […]

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Confident, quiet Murray ready to take mantle from Fleury
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Matt Murray jokes he can't help but do a double take whenever he sees a No. 30 Pittsburgh Penguins jersey in public. ''I still think it's a family member or something,'' the Penguins goaltender said with a laugh. Two years ago, Murray was still in the minors, a 21-year-old long on promise but whose time […]

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Jets’ Wheeler: ‘It just felt right to take a stance’
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Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler was one of the few NHL players to make some sort of an unprompted statement in response to President Donald Trump’s weekend comments regarding NFL players and their protests during the National Anthem. During a speech in Alabama on Friday the President urged NFL owners to fire players that “disrespect” […]

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Blackhawks Camp Synopsis: Roster starting to take shape
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Here are five takeaways from the Blackhawks' 6-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Thursday's preseason home opener: 1. DeBrincat-Schmaltz-Kane unit was electric. Yeah, this line could work. We realize the Red Wings sent over many of their fringe players, but Alex DeBrincat, Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane are all on the same wavelength offensively […]

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Only 1 game in, Stamkos looks poised to take NHL by storm
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Yes, it’s only the preseason, but Friday’s game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators offered a rare splash of significance in the exhibition slate. That's because Steven Stamkos was on the ice, captaining the Lightning for the first time since suffering a knee injury last Nov. 15 that kept him out for the […]

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Canadians Vlasic, Marchand take Twitter jabs at NHL over Olympics
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The start of the 2017-18 NHL season is less than two weeks ago. Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the San Jose Sharks and Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins, who both hail from Canada, teamed up on Friday to chirp the NHL over its decision regarding the international tournament.

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Brendan Smith is expected to take on more of a leadership role
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Brendan Smith said that he thinks he can "flourish" in Alain Vigneault's system and said that many factors came into play regarding his decision to re-sign with the Rangers. (NYR) Smith said that despite it being his first camp with the Rangers he feels he has been with the organization for a long time. (NYR) […]

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Trotz wants Ovechkin to take fewer slashing penalties
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Barry Trotz has been on Alex Ovechkin‘s case about discipline before, but it’s become a renewed concern amid the NHL’s crackdown on slashing infractions. The Washington Capitals head coach expressed some frustration Wednesday night with his team as a whole, and particularly with his captain’s penchant for hacking opponents. “Too many slashing penalties,” Trotz told […]

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Who will take home the NHL's top regular season awards?
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Regular season awards in sports are an interesting thing. Fans and analysts spend day after leading up to the end of the season pouring over candidates and scrutinizing how each one of them performs. And then, once the playoffs start, all that chatter suddenly gets chucked to the side until postseason

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These 4 NHL goalie upgrades could take their teams to the playoffs
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One of the most challenging aspects of putting together a winning NHL team in any given year is goaltending. Poor goaltending sinks the hopes of otherwise solid teams every year, and it’ll happen again during the upcoming season. There are only a select few goalies in the league capable of posting

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Blue Jackets need Bobrovsky at his best to take the next step
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At the heart of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ franchise record-setting season, which saw them win 50 games and post 108 points while competing for the Metropolitan Division, was the performance of Bobrovsky. Critical to his play was the fact he was able to remain healthy — a priority for Columbus heading into last season, and […]

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