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  • NHL Announces Date For Draft Lottery Phase 2

    Pro Hockey Rumors "August 10, 2020. That’s the day one franchise will earn the right to pick first in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, a selection that will almost surely be used to pick superstar prospect Alexis Lafreniere. The league will hold Phase 2 of their draft lottery on Monday at 5pm CT,..." August 06

  • Teams not involved in restart request extended training camps

    The Score "The general managers of the seven clubs not participating in the NHL's 24-team restart have submitted a collaborative proposal to the league requesting extended training camps for their respective teams prior to the 2020-21 season, sources told The Athletic's Craig Custance and..." August 05

  • Pavel Francouz in net against Dallas today

    Colorado Hockey Now "As well suspected would be the case, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar will, indeed, rotate his goalies during the round-robin portion of the Western Conference playoffs. Pavel Francouz will get the start today against the Dallas Stars, a round-robin tilt that starts at 4:30 p.m. (broadcast on..." August 05

  • Why NHL teams enjoy home ice advantage — even without fans

    New York Post "Unlike most other sports, hockey has a built-in home advantage that many casual fans may not know about. And no, we’re not referring to the fact the player from the visiting team is required to place his stick on the ice first when setting up for the faceoff. Matchups are the..." August 03

  • Next in the West: Is this the start of the Avalanche's reign?

    The Score "Nathan MacKinnon had been a Hart Trophy nominee for 24 hours when, one afternoon last week, he leaned forward in a chair at the Colorado Avalanche's practice facility and flashed a scarcely perceptible smile. If his brilliance on the ice this season was enough to establish his MVP case, he..." August 01

  • NHL schedule for 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers in league’s Return to Play

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s time to focus on the NHL games, including the 2020 NHL playoffs schedule. The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers will begin on Saturday, Aug. 1 in the hub cities of Edmonton and Toronto. The top four teams in both conference will play a three-game round robin for seeding in the..." August 01

  • The NHL Has Had Zero Positive Tests Since Teams Entered The Bubble

    Yardbarker "Just one day before players return to the ice for meaningful games, there is some good news from off the ice.  TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that there have been zero positive tests for COVID-19 since teams entered the bubble cities in Edmonton and Toronto last..." July 31

  • First-day teams take goalie decisions for Qualifiers down to wire

    NHL.com "The drama of the NHL postseason already has started, with seven of the 10 teams scheduled to play Saturday, the first day of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, unwilling to reveal their starting goalie. "As far as the goaltender … there's an old hockey movie called 'Slap..." July 31

  • NHL fans are kneeling at home because players won't protest during national anthem

    Sporting News "Unlike their counterparts in other sports, NHL players have opted not to kneel in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement during their return to the ice this week. " July 31

  • Nathan MacKinnon: Where's The Hate?

    The Hockey News "If speed is what separates Nathan MacKinnon from his NHL peers, it did not on this night. But it’s not just about the speed in the fastest-skater event at the All-Star Game skills competition, it’s about the turns, and perhaps MacKinnon took the corners a little too wide. And hey,..." July 31

  • NHL's path to restart was safe, smooth and completely out of character

    Yahoo! Sports "For a while now, one major criticism of the NHL has been an inability to think for itself — or at least so it often seems. Rarely making the sort of decisions that might fly in the face of convention, conservatism is the league’s hallmark, while progressiveness has been left to..." July 31

  • Gary Bettman: ‘Safety is paramount’ in NHL Return to Play, 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers

    Pro Hockey Talk "Gary Bettman stressed that “safety is paramount” while discussing the NHL Return to Play/2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers with Liam McHugh. In the lengthy segment you can watch above, Bettman also sheds some light on the process. " July 31

  • NHL predictions; here's how the qualifying round and Stanley Cup playoffs will unfold

    USA Today "Playoff predictions are always difficult. After all, who could have foreseen last season that the record-tying Tampa Bay Lightning would be swept in the first round or that the St. Louis Blues, who were in last place in January, would win the Stanley Cup? But this year is..." July 31

  • NHL Return to Play: Predictions for 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers

    Pro Hockey Talk "NHL exhibition games are over and it’s time for the real thing. The Return to Play begins this weekend as 24 teams vie to be crowned the 2019-20 Stanley Cup champion. These unique times called for unique solutions from the NHL and NHLPA — thus the 24-team format with two..." July 31

  • Adult Film Star Phoenix Marie Opens Her DM Doors To NHL Players

    Black Sports Online "If hockey players have a tough time shooting the puck into their opponent’s goal, maybe porn star Phoenix Marie DMs are something they can aim for. Marie went on social media celebrating the NHL return along with bringing her OnlyFans account in the mix. Although the Riverside,..." July 30

  • NHL coaches preferred Las Vegas, Vancouver as hub cities

    Yardbarker "The 2019-20 NHL season is set to resume this weekend in Edmonton and Toronto, but it appears a majority of coaches polled would've rather played somewhere else.  According to a poll of coaches conducted by The Athletic, NHL coaches would've rather played in either..." July 30

  • Return To Play Represents Opportunity For Pending Free Agents

    Pro Hockey Rumors "For an NHL player, the Stanley Cup playoffs represent a fleeting opportunity to cement your legacy. By hoisting that chalice even once in your career, you join a relatively small group of players that can be identified as champions. It doesn’t happen for everyone. Just..." July 30

  • Nazem Kadri wants NHL to give racial issues 'a little more acknowledgment'

    The Score "Nazem Kadri hopes the NHL will do more to acknowledge and support its players in the fight against racism. "I think with what's going on in the world today with the injustice and the racism issue, I think that it's an important thing to come together and unify as..." July 29

  • Players of color from Wild, Avalanche stand together during anthems

    The Score "The four members of the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild who are racial minorities made a statement Wednesday. Jordan Greenway, Nazem Kadri, Matt Dumba, and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare stood side by side before the exhibition game between the..." July 29

  • What it feels like to be at an NHL game with no fans

    Sportsnet "What you notice are the things that are glaringly absent, of course. The scalpers, sweatered fans and giddy buzz that orbit an NHL rink on game day. And you marvel how easy it is to locate a decent parking space so close to puck drop. But you also notice the things that have always..." July 29

  • How NHL coaches are handling the strangest postseason of their careers

    The Score "Paul Maurice has a theory about the rhythm of a new hockey season. "It's kind of like when you're (horsing around) with your brother," the longtime Jets head coach said. "You start pushing and then next thing you know you're throwing haymakers. There's..." July 28

  • NHL announces zero positive COVID-19 tests in final week of Phase 3 camp

    Pension Plan Puppets "Today the NHL has announced their testing data for the last week of Phase 3, aka training camp. They report zero new tests. There have been two positive tests in total during the training camp period which lasted for just under two weeks. No information has ever been..." July 27

  • Teams find safety top priority upon arrival in hub cities

    NHL.com "The first team entered the Secure Zone at 10:49 a.m. ET on Sunday, when a guard opened a gate in the black fence surrounding the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. Not one but two buses carried the Montreal Canadiens because of the space needed for social distancing. Everyone wore a mask..." July 27

  • NHL announces team rosters for Phase 4

    NHL.com " The NHL announced today the Phase 4 player rosters for the 24 clubs contesting the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers that begin Saturday, Aug. 1. Under the Return To Play Plan, each team is permitted to bring a maximum of 31 players into the Secure Zones in the hub cities of Edmonton and..." July 26

  • Cale Makar, Nathan MacKinnon return to Avs practice Saturday

    9 News "It was a sight of relief for Colorado Avalanche fans. After a week-long absence, defenseman Cale Makar returned to the ice for his first practice with the team on Saturday morning. Makar, however, did wear the red sweater marking him as non-contact from other players. Last..." July 25

  • NHL Bubble Need To Know; The Tournament Is Upon Us

    The Hockey News "Today, the NHL will receive the final rosters from the 24 teams scheduled to play in the 2020 post-season. Bubble life is upon us, hockey fans. Teams can bring a maximum of 31 players with them to Toronto and Edmonton, while each franchise can bring up to 52 people in total into the..." July 24

  • NHL players contemplate life in the playoff bubble

    The Score "On Sunday, chartered planes in 22 NHL cities across North America will take off carrying professional hockey players, coaches, and staff. One of two Canadian cities will be the destination: Edmonton for those from the Western Conference, Toronto for those in the East. The Oilers and Maple..." July 24

  • NHL broadcasts to feature 5-second delay, video game cheering

    ESPN "The NHL will have a five-second delay on broadcasts and artificial crowd noise when it restarts its season in Toronto and Edmonton beginning Aug. 1. The league distributed "Phase 4" information to teams and media this week, detailing life in the bubbles for the 24 teams..." July 24

  • NHL unveils final plans for Edmonton, Toronto bubbles

    The Score "The NHL revealed a detailed plan on Thursday for the final phase of its return to play, including information about general rules and safety measures, life in the bubble for players and staff, and how broadcasts and game presentations will look. The league will test every..." July 24

  • Avs Fourth Line Aggressive And Consistent

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche's fourth line, featuring Matt Nieto, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Matt Calvert, has been one of the team's most consistent combinations in training camp. Their ability to recapture their momentum from the regular season could prove critical to..." July 23

  • Hart Trophy Finalist Nathan MacKinnon Stepped Up When His Team Needed Him

    The Hockey News "No matter who wins the Hart Trophy this year, they’re going to have an excellent case. Personally, I went with Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon and he is indeed one of the three finalists alongside Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl and Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers (both of whom..." July 23

  • Twitter reacts to NHL’s Seattle Kraken name, jersey reveal

    Larry Brown Sports "The NHL unveiled the name of its 32nd team on Thursday — the Seattle Kraken. The reaction from fans and the media was a bit mixed. Some people don’t seem to like the Kraken name, but the logo and jerseys accompanying it were well-received seemingly across the board...." July 23

  • Are NHL coaches worried about players breaking the postseason bubbles?

    ESPN "John Tortorella gathered around his Columbus Blue Jackets for their first day of training camp in the NHL's restarted season. The famously direct coach explained what he expected from them under the league's COVID-19 "return to play"..." July 22

  • Big numbers or balanced play? Norris voters had a tough decision to make

    The Hockey News "It would be pretty smarmy to claim that this year’s Norris Trophy voting comes down to how many reporters were actually paying attention all season, so let’s frame things in a less combative way: How strong will anchor bias go in determining the winner this year? The..." July 22

  • NHL 21 release date pushed back to October

    The Score "The newest installment in EA Sports' NHL video game series will be out later than usual this year. It was announced Monday that NHL 21's release is being pushed back from September to October, citing "major adjustments in developing the game from home" due..." July 22

  • Artemi Panarin’s season worthy of Rangers’ fifth Hart Trophy award

    New York Post "Did you know that the Presidents’ Trophy-winning 1993-94 Rangers did not have a player in the top five of the Hart Trophy balloting? Adam Graves, eighth, and Mike Richter, 10th, were the only two Blueshirts to receive a vote for the MVP award captured by Detroit’s Sergei..." July 21

  • Leon Draisaitl, Nathan MacKinnon, Artemi Panarin voted Hart Trophy finalists

    The Score "Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers, Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche, and Artemi Panarin of the New York Rangers are the 2019-20 finalists for the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player, the..." July 21

  • Avs' Cale Makar misses 2nd straight practice

    The Score "The Colorado Avalanche were without rookie phenom Cale Makar for the second consecutive practice Monday, according to The Athletic's Ryan Clark. Makar left Saturday's practice early and was absent from Sunday's skate as well. Head coach Jared..." July 20

  • NHL Releases Qualifying Round, Round Robin Schedules

    Pro Hockey Rumors "July 20: The NHL has announced some minor changes to the schedule for the round robin. The Boston Bruins-Washington Capitals game that was scheduled for August 8 will now be played on August 9. The Philadelphia Flyers-Tampa Bay Lightning game that was originally scheduled for..." July 20

  • Brendan Lemieux suspended two games in Qualifiers for actions in Rangers game

    NHL.com "New York Rangers forward Brendan Lemieux has been suspended for the first two games of the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers for interference against Colorado Avalanche forward Joonas Donskoi during NHL Game No. 1081 in Colorado on Wednesday, March 11, the National Hockey..." July 20

  • NHL: 2 players test positive for COVID-19 out of over 800 at training camps

    The Score "Two tests out of 2,618 administered to more than 800 NHL players over the first five days of Phase 3 returned positive for COVID-19, the league announced Monday. Both players who tested positive have entered self-isolation and are following the instructions of the CDC and..." July 20

  • List of NHL players that have missed practice due to unknown reasons

    Sportsnaut "Thanks to the NHL’s new policy on reporting injuries, when a player leaves or misses practice, speculation is rampant. That’s because the league Return to Play protocol really doesn’t allow teams to report anything at all. Here are some key names around the league of..." July 19

  • Training Camp Buzz: Murray, Jarry battle for starting job with Penguins

    NHL.com "Welcome to the Training Camp Buzz. The 24 teams who will be competing for the Stanley Cup began training camp at their facilities Monday. The teams are scheduled to head to their respective hub cities (Toronto for the 12 Eastern Conference teams, Edmonton for the 12 Western Conference teams),..." July 18

  • Why Is It So Hard For A Defenseman To Win The Lady Byng?

    The Hockey News "In 1949, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Bill Quackenbush won the Lady Byng Trophy – and all he had to do was take zero penalties that season. Quackenbush actually went 131 games before his next minor – a tripping call on Jan. 26, 1950 – but he only won the Byng that single..." July 16

  • 5 UFAs with the most on the line in NHL's return

    The Score "With the NHL salary cap remaining flat at $81.5 million for at least the 2020-21 season, players who are up for a payday are in an unfortunate position due to general managers needing to exercise caution during free agency this summer. Whether it be to further prove their worth or..." July 16

  • Auston Matthews, Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan O'Reilly named Lady Byng finalists

    NHL.com "Nathan MacKinnon, Auston Matthews and Ryan O'Reilly were named finalists for the Lady Byng Trophy on Thursday. The award, voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, is given annually to the NHL player who best combines sportsmanship,..." July 16

  • The NHLPA's Don Fehr on the Olympics, bubble life, coronavirus testing and more

    ESPN "Last Friday, the NHL's owners and the players approved a new collective bargaining agreement as well as the league's return-to-play plan to finish out the 2019-20 season in two bubbles this summer. It's six seasons of labor peace for a sport that hasn't seen much of it..." July 15

  • Quinn Hughes, Cale Makar and Dominik Kubalik named Calder finalists

    TSN "Quinn Hughes, Cale Makar and Dominik Kubalik have been named the 2020 Calder Memorial Trophy finalists. The Calder is awarded annually to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League. Hughes,..." July 15

  • USA Hockey Cancels World Junior Summer Showcase

    Sportsnet "USA Hockey has cancelled the 2020 World Junior Summer Showcase that was slated to run from July 24 to July 31 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich., the organization announced Wednesday. USA Hockey had invited 44 American players to take part in the event, which is part of the..." July 15

  • NHL unveils exhibition schedule, start times for Stanley Cup Qualifiers

    Sportsnet "The NHL has announced the schedule for 12 exhibition games and the starting times for the first five days of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. The exhibition games will be played from July 28-30, with the Stanley Cup Qualifiers beginning on Aug. 1. There are several notable regional..." July 14