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12:39 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN The Columbus Blue Jackets have struggled on the power play over the last two seasons, and finally, they’re doing something to address it. Columbus announced Monday it was hiring Hall of Famer Martin St. Louis as a special teams consultant. The team is still developing St. Louis’ exact role. “I
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4:50 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN CHICAGO – Washington Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly returned to Chicago on Sunday for the first time since he was the subject of racial taunts by fans during a game. Smith-Pelly downplayed the return, saying “it was just a couple people” who behaved inappropriately and he doesn’t “hold it against the
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8:50 PM ET Associated Press SUNRISE, Fla. — Vincent Trocheck returned to the Florida Panthers‘ lineup Friday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs after missing nearly two months. The 25-year-old center missed 27 games since breaking his right ankle in a game against the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 19. He practiced with the Panthers for
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9:23 PM ET Associated Press BOSTON — Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask suffered a concussion on a hard collision with Rangers forward Filip Chytil and was helped off the ice late in the opening period. The 31-year-old Rask, who entered the game Saturday night tied with Cecil “Tiny” Thompson for the most victories in club history
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10:17 PM ET Former Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz, making his first visit to Capital One Arena as coach of the New York Islanders, was greeted with a standing ovation Friday night when a video tribute in his honor played during the first break in action. Trotz saluted the fans throughout the video, which ended
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10:56 PM ET Associated Press The deadline for retired players to opt in to the $18.9 million settlement of the concussion lawsuit against the NHL has been extended. Players’ lawyers confirmed the extension to The Associated Press on Friday night. It was not immediately clear what the new deadline was. The 318 former players who
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12:28 PM ET Associated Press ARLINGTON, Va. — All-Star goaltender Braden Holtby is expected to start for the Washington Capitals on Friday night against the New York Islanders after missing two games with an eye injury. Holtby said his left eye is back to normal after it initially didn’t progress as quickly as hoped. “It’s
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3:53 PM ET Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild have acquired center Victor Rask from the Carolina Hurricanes for left wing Nino Niederreiter, in a swap of underperforming but still-young players on long-term contracts. The 25-year-old Rask, a native of Sweden, has one goal and five assists in 26 games this season
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11:01 AM ET With the Toronto Maple Leafs–Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets–Nashville Predators games streaming live on ESPN+ on Thursday night, we figured it was a good time to update our picks on who will be representing each conference in the Stanley Cup Final, given that these four clubs all have a strong Cup
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10:40 PM ET Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu is concerned with his lack of playing time and would prefer being traded if his role doesn’t change in Buffalo, the player’s agent told The Associated Press. Kent Hughes says that while he didn’t demand the Sabres trade his client, he did request
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10:00 AM ET Ben ArledgeESPN.com Close Editor for fantasy, chalk and NHL, as well as a contributing hockey writer. Previously with ESPN The Magazine. Joined ESPN in 2012 after graduating from Colgate University. The Calgary Flames enter Wednesday night’s game (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+) against the Buffalo Sabres as the top team in the Western
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3:48 PM ET Associated Press Josh Gorges is retiring after 13 years in the NHL, having twice reached the Eastern Conference finals with the Montreal Canadiens. The 34-year-old defenseman announced his decision Monday through the NHL Players’ Association. Gorges has been out of hockey since his contract expired with Buffalo last season. His role gradually
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7:48 PM ET Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks have re-signed forward Marcus Sorensen to a two-year contract extension. The deal, which was finalized Monday, keeps Sorensen under contract through the 2020-21 season. The 26-year-old Sorensen is in his third season with the Sharks. He has career highs with eight goals,
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10:30 AM ET One line doesn’t make a Stanley Cup champion — but it certainly doesn’t hurt. We debate the top trios league-wide: What is the best line in hockey right now? Greg Wyshynski, senior NHL writer: Back in October, I ranked the top 20 lines in the NHL, with the top units for Colorado
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10:43 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The Anaheim Ducks are winless in their last 11 games, losing to the Winnipeg Jets in overtime on Sunday. In theory, coach Randy Carlyle’s seat couldn’t be hotter. But his general manager said Caryle’s job is safe — for now. “While it’s not my preference to make comments on this
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9:44 PM ET Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby left Saturday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets after taking a stick to the face. The stick of Cam Atkinson slid through the goalie mask as Holtby raised it to prepare to deflect a potential shot, and the stick appeared to make contact with Holtby near
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