Hurricanes-Bruins playoff game pushed to Wed.

The Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes will wait another day before starting their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series, as their game was pushed to 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday, the NHL announced. The two teams had been scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday night in Toronto, one of the NHL’s two hubs. But when the opening game in Toronto between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets went to a fifth overtime tied at 2-2, the […]

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Stanley Cup predictions: Sporting News’ 2020 NHL playoff picks

The year is 2020. It’s been 25 years since the 2019-20 regular season took place. We’re officially in the Upside Down because it’s hot out and we’re playing the coldest game on Earth.  Ok, yes, being slightly dramatic but this year anything goes when it comes to bubble hockey. The Stanley Cup playoffs are here — a reminder, qualifying round wasn’t “really” the playoffs — and it’s time to make predictions. Who will win is really a crapshoot this year […]

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NHL playoff odds 2020: Avalanche, Lightning keep Stanley Cup favorite status after qualifying rounds

The (official) Stanley Cup playoffs are here. After an eight-day frenzy of play-in series and seeding games, the entrants for the chase for the Cup are set, and the Stanley Cup playoffs as we know and love them are upon us. And according to Vegas, there’s a surprise at the top. As it stands, the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning open as equal favorites for Lord Stanley’s Cup, building off of successful regular seasons and somewhat surprisingly finishing with higher […]

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NHL draft lottery: Ranking the eight teams 1-8 in terms of who is least deserving of No. 1 pick

For the eight teams that were knocked out of the qualifying round of the NHL playoffs, there is a consolation prize of sorts that will be awarded Monday (6 p.m. ET; NHL Network, NBCSN): the first overall pick in the 2020 draft and the chance to make Alexis Lafrenière their franchise forward. The first phase of the June 26 draft lottery revealed that one of the eliminated teams from the qualifiers would nab the No. 1 position, a reality that had […]

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Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins won’t be No. 1 overall seed when Stanley Cup playoffs start

After losing their second straight round-robin game, this one a 3-2 defeat to the Lightning on Wednesday, the Bruins will not be the No. 1 overall seed when the Stanley Cup playoffs first round begins Aug. 11. It’s kinda shocking. Why? Quick reminder, since it was a thousand years ago: They won the Presidents’ Trophy for the shortened 2019-20 season with a 44-14-12 record (100 points); the second-best team was the Blues at 94 points in 71 games.  This year, the best team […]

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Hurricanes troll Rangers fans, Don Cherry on Twitter after qualifying round sweep

The Carolina Hurricanes became the first NHL team to advance from the postseason qualifying round after sweeping the New York Rangers with a 4-1 win on Tuesday night.  So, of course, their social media gurus — the masterminds behind the best Twitter account in the NHL — celebrated the win by rubbing it in some faces. First, they went after Rangers forward Brendan Lemieux who back on Feb. 21, after New York’s 5-2 win in Raleigh, mocked the Hurricanes’ famous Storm Surge. Then, […]

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Rangers, Hurricanes kick off NHL restart with incredible goal-fight combination

Yep, hockey is indeed back. The Rangers and Hurricanes brought some immediate excitement to Saturday afternoon’s Stanley Cup Qualifier, the first official game of the NHL’s restart. Carolina’s Jaccob Slavin scored one minute and one second into the matchup after receiving a nice cross-ice pass from Teuvo Teravainen. (Fun fact: Slavin is the first player to score in August in NHL history.) Then, less than two minutes later, Justin Williams and Ryan Strome decided to throw hands near New York’s bench. So much for easing back […]

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NHL games today: Full TV schedule for the 2020 season restart on Saturday, Sunday

Time for a little hot ice. July hockey isn’t something that a lot of people expected to see in 2020, but that’s where we are this year. After the NHL suspended play in mid-March and some minor labor quibbles, some didn’t expect hockey to return this year, but after four months away, the chase for Lord Stanley’s Cup is back, and in a big, entertaining way. The NHL schedule restarts Aug. 1, with 24 teams jockeying for either spots and positioning for the 2019-20 Stanley […]

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NHL’s Seattle Kraken to break the ice in 2021-22

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. The Kraken has been released. Seattle’s NHL team, which will make its debut in the 2021-22 season, on Thursday finally announced its name — the Kraken — as well as a color scheme: icy blue and navy blue with sharp red accents. The NHL officially named Seattle as its 32nd team in 2018 for a $650 million expansion fee. “It’s a very unique and unusual name in sports, because almost all sport franchises […]

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NHL return-to-play update: Training camp takeaways, goalie decisions, TV broadcast buzz

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. It has been 130 days since the NHL hit the pause button on the 2019-20 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. As the sports world continues to reckon with adjusted schedules around the world, there also have been continuous nuggets of new information regarding the resumption of the NHL season, the draft, the playoffs and how it all affects 2020-21. As players, executives and coaches traverse […]

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