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  • Alexander Ovechkin pots hat trick as revenge for early-game high stick: 'I just punish them'

    Yahoo! Sports "Do not make Alexander Ovechkin angry. That should be lesson one of NHL orientation. Alas, the New Jersey Devils appeared to have skipped that class. Early in the first period of their meeting with the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, Devils forward Miles Wood managed to catch..." January 17

  • Another milestone for Alex Ovechkin

    Pro Hockey Talk "With two first period goals on Thursday night Alex Ovechkin joined a pretty exclusive club. Those goals not only put him at the 30-goal mark for the 2019-20 season, but also give him 15 consecutive 30-goal seasons to start his career. He is now just one of three..." January 16

  • 7 Maple Leafs trade targets who could help shore up the blue line

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs’ tumultuous season has seen a new dose of chaos thrown into the mix. If a coaching change, an off-season blockbuster deal that hasn’t panned out, and injuries to Mitch Marner and John Tavares weren’t enough to shake things up, the loss of..." January 15

  • Caps keep Cup window wide open with Nicklas Backstrom extension

    The Score "Brian MacLellan should be general manager of the year at some point. MacLellan, the Washington Capitals' GM since 2014, has helped build a perennial Stanley Cup contender while expertly navigating the salary cap. He took another step toward keeping the Capitals'..." January 15

  • Alex Ovechkin passes Teemu Selanne for 11th on NHL all-time goals list

    Pro Hockey Talk "At some point in the second half of 2019-20 season we’re going to see NHL history. The man who will be making history is Alex Ovechkin, who moved to within 14 goals of 700 for his career with a pair Monday night. During the Capitals’ 2-0 win over the Hurricanes, Ovi scored..." January 14

  • Capitals sign Nicklas Backstrom for 5-year, $46M deal

    Washington Post "The Capitals have signed Nicklas Backstrom for the long term, agreeing to a $46 million, five-year contract extension on Tuesday. The deal through the 2024-25 season carries a $9.2 million salary-cap hit. Backstrom is the Capitals franchise leader in assists and has been an..." January 14

  • New skills event will have players shooting pucks from stands

    The Score "The NHL is unveiling a new skills competition event at the 2020 All-Star Weekend that will feature players shooting pucks from up in the stands into targets on the ice, sources told ESPN's Greg Wyshynski. Eight players will stand in a section of the Enterprise Center in St. Louis..." January 14

  • NHL extends agreement with Buffalo to host combine through 2022

    Buffalo News "Buffalo will remain the final stop for prospects before the National Hockey League's entry draft. The league and the Buffalo Sabres announced Monday the two sides signed a three-year contract to continue to hold the combine in KeyBank Center and LECOM Harborcenter through 2022...." January 13

  • Women's 3-on-3 event arranged for NHL All-Star Weekend

    Yahoo! Sports "Hockey’s greatest rivalry is set to take the spotlight during the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri. A 3-on-3 matchup featuring the top women’s hockey players from the United States and Canada will take place at some point during the..." January 13

  • Four More Players Voted In To All-Star Game

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The vote is in as four more players were added to the NHL All-Star Game as Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports that Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mitch Marner, Washington Capitals’ T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues’ David Perron and Vancouver..." January 11

  • Like Philipp Grubauer, Ilya Samsonov Has Appeared To Push Braden Holtby For Playing Time. How Do The Two Compare?

    Nova Caps Fans "Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby has struggled lately as he’s posted an .811 save percentage and has allowed 19 goals in his last five games, going 1-4-0 in that span. Meanwhile, goaltender Ilya Samsonov‘s .921 save percentage ranks 11th in the NHL and his 2.24..." January 10

  • GM Brian MacLellan backs Alex Ovechkin's decision to sit out the All-Star Game

    NBC Sports Washington "Alex Ovechkin electing to sit out his second consecutive All-Star game has generated quite the reaction.  Patrick Kane offered his thoughts on the subject two weeks ago while most fans are either disappointed he won't take part in the tradition as a captain or..." January 10

  • Capitals Defenseman John Carlson Enjoying An NHL Season For The Ages

    Featurd "A season ago, when Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly notched 13 points through the first five games of the NHL season, it was pointed out to him that he’d just shattered Bobby Orr’s mark for points by an NHL rearguard to that point of a..." January 09

  • Potential targets for the Colorado Avalanche as we approach the NHL trade deadline

    Mile High Hockey "As the 2020 NHL trade deadline draws closer, it’s only a matter of time before the rumor mill picks up steam. We’re set to hear dozens of teams and player mentioned in ‘rumors’ and ‘rumbling’ on a nearly daily basis. Some rumored trades will come to..." January 09

  • Alexander Ovechkin can pass Gretzky in goals, Capitals GM says "Alex Ovechkin is 211 goals from breaking Wayne Gretzky's NHL record of 894, and Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said the forward has a chance to get there. "He's not going to be the speed player or rush player he's been in the past, but..." January 09

  • ‘Braden Holtby’s our guy’: GM puts support behind Capitals’ goalie

    Sportsnet "The general manager of the Washington Capitals has thrown his support behind goaltender Braden Holtby as he plays out the final year of his contract with the team. Brian MacLellan says Holtby is Washington’s No. 1 netminder despite a push this season from..." January 08

  • NHL's Bill Daly says trend of players skipping All-Star Game 'a concern'

    ESPN "The decision by Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin to skip back-to-back All-Star Weekends has the NHL concerned it could start a trend among players, according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly. "In terms of player participation, is that a concern? Yes, I..." January 08

  • NHL unveils black-and-white 2020 All-Star Game jerseys

    Yahoo! Sports "The best players across hockey will convene in St. Louis this year for the annual NHL All-Star Game, and with it comes the yearly debate about whether or not the jerseys displayed on ice are aesthetically pleasing, or doomed to be forgotten at best, and ridiculed at worst. The 2020..." January 08

  • Alex Ovechkin hibachi-flips food into Caps' mouths to celebrate win

    TMZ "Best post-victory dinner EVER?! Alex Ovechkin hit up a fancy Japanese Steakhouse in D.C. after the Capitals beat the Sharks on Sunday ... and the dude was feelin' so great -- he hopped behind the grill and fed his teammates!!! The amazing scene was captured on video..." January 06

  • Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and the value of a supporting cast

    TSN "Two of hockey’s superstars will square off Monday night in Toronto as Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers face Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs (6:30 p.m. ET on TSN 4). Any time you get a head-to-head matchup between players of this calibre, it is..." January 06

  • Rene Fasel: NHL needs to make Olympic decision by end of August

    The Score "IIHF president Rene Fasel has set a deadline for the NHL to decide whether or not the league will participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Speaking at the closing press conference at the world juniors Sunday, Fasel said he needs a decision from commissioner Gary Bettman by..." January 06

  • John Tortorella’s nonsensical fine reeks of NHL hypocrisy

    New York Post "It is always amusing when Colin Campbell leaps to the defense of the integrity of the league, as the NHL’s director of hockey operations indirectly did when castigating John Tortorella’s “unprofessional and unacceptable” Dec. 29 postgame tirade against the..." January 06

  • Alex Ovechkin reflects on decade as Capitals captain "Alex Ovechkin's decade as captain of the Washington Capitals feels like a blur to him at times. So much has happened for him and the Capitals that the anniversary, which the 34-year-old forward will celebrate against the San Jose Sharks at Capital One Arena on Sunday (12:30 ET;..." January 05

  • Nic Dowd gets 10-minute misconduct for throwing opponent's stick into crowd

    The Score "Washington Capitals forward Nic Dowd was in the giving spirit Friday night. Following a skirmish at the end of the first period between the Caps and the Carolina Hurricanes, Dowd threw Andrei Svechnikov's stick into the crowd. " January 04

  • Which team should the Minnesota Wild face in the 2021 NHL Winter Classic?

    Hockey Wilderness "It’s official, folks. The Minnesota Wild will finally host a Winter Classic! The big game will take place on New Year’s Day 2021 at Target Field, which can contain close to 40,000 fans. The entire week leading up to the game will essentially be one massive party,..." January 03

  • Five most underrated stars heading into 2020

    Pro Hockey Talk "Like in all sports, the NHL has some players that are both overrated and underrated. Players might fall into either category because of where they play, which players they play with or their personalities both during interviews and on social media. Today, we don’t want to focus..." January 03

  • Four potential trade destinations for Rangers winger Chris Kreider

    Sportsnet "The first marquee trade chip of the season has already been dealt. With elite winger Taylor Hall shipped from New Jersey to Arizona in mid-December, the trade market has officially opened. And as is often the case with big-ticket deals, the fallout is just as important as the initial..." January 03

  • Todd Reirden, Bruce Cassidy, Craig Berube, Gerard Gallant to coach in All-Star Game "Todd Reirden of the Washington Capitals (Metropolitan), Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins (Atlantic), Craig Berube of the St. Louis Blues (Central) and Gerard Gallant of the Vegas Golden Knights (Pacific) will serve as coaches for the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis on Jan...." January 03

  • NHL All-Decade Power Rankings: Blackhawks reign supreme

    The Score "Welcome to a special edition of theScore's NHL Power Rankings, which will encompass the last 10 seasons. With the new decade now underway, it's time to take one last look back at the previous 10 years and see which franchises were the class of the league. Let's rank how..." January 01

  • Breaking down the most egregious 2020 NHL All-Star team snubs

    Sportsnet "The rosters for the NHL’s four divisional All-Star squads are nearly set. After announcing the four captains earlier this month — Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, David Pastrnak and Alex Ovechkin, who’s elected to skip the festivities to rest up for the..." December 31

  • Divisional imbalance sure to impact NHL playoff races

    TSN "One story I’ve been monitoring since the National Hockey League adopted a division-based playoff format at the onset of the 2013-14 regular season is how divisional imbalance influences playoff races. There were a few reasons for realignment, but the league’s primary bet..." December 31

  • NHL unveils All-Star Game rosters, Last Men In candidates "The National Hockey League announced today the four divisional rosters for the 2020 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend as well as the return of the 2020 NHL All-Star Last Men In presented by adidas, which gives fans the ability to vote for the final player on each All-Star..." December 30

  • Capitals' Alex Ovechkin opts out of All-Star Game again to get rest

    Montreal Gazette "For the second year in a row, Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin will skip the NHL All-Star Game. The decision means he will receive a one-game suspension either right before or right after the All-Star break, the same punishment he served in the 2018-19 season. He will miss..." December 28

  • Concussions dominated the 2010s, but the NHL is still fighting its demons

    The Score "Tim Thomas didn't expect this - the pain, the suffering, being open about both. Yet there he was, signature goatee and all, speaking candidly with a small group of reporters earlier this month in Washington. His voice trembled. Tears streamed down his cheeks. He bore it..." December 27

  • NHL players most likely to be traded this season

    Yardbarker "Even though the NHL trade deadline is still two months away, it is not too early to start looking at the players who could be on the move. We already saw one of the biggest names make headlines this month when the New Jersey Devils traded Taylor Hall to the Arizona Coyotes. Here..." December 27

  • The World Junior Championship Is a Prospect-Lovers Paradise Thanks to a Strong Draft Class

    The Hockey News "If your favorite NHL team is down in the dumps, help is on the way. The World Junior Championship is always seen as the ultimate test for the best prospects in the world, both drafted and undrafted. And while the 2020 edition will have its fair share of top drafted NHL prospects, such..." December 26

  • Nine bold NHL predictions for 2020

    Sportsnet "Did you know a year in advance that P.K. Subban would get traded (again), Patrick Marleau would find his way back to San Jose, and Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky would split from Columbus after the playoffs? We did. We’re not guaranteeing all of these nine NHL..." December 26

  • Kathryn Tappen: Jeremy Roenick's comments 'unacceptable,' we remain friends

    The Score "NHL on NBC host Kathryn Tappen released a statement Tuesday condemning the recent comments made by co-worker Jeremy Roenick that led to his indefinite suspension from the network. "While Jeremy and I continue to be good friends, what he said was unacceptable, especially..." December 24

  • All-Star Game rosters as selected by "Rosters for the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game have yet to be announced by the League's Hockey Operations Department, but staff writers are getting a head start. Four writers, one per division, were asked to fill out their own teams to go along with the four captains already..." December 24

  • NBC suspends Jeremy Roenick for inappropriate comments on podcast

    The Score "NBC has suspended Jeremy Roenick indefinitely without pay for inappropriate comments made about his co-workers during a recent appearance on the "Spittin' Chiclets" podcast, the network announced on Monday, according to Stephen Whyno of The Associated Press. On the..." December 23

  • Capitals, Alex Ovechkin ‘heartbroken’ over passing of young fan Alex Luey

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals were heartbroken by tragic news on Sunday. Alex Luey’s father Scott explained that the 15-year-old passed away in his sleep after battling cancer for three years. “Early this morning our son Alex’s three-year battle with..." December 23

  • Latest On Nicklas Backstrom

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While all of the focus may be on Taylor Hall as the top player headed for unrestricted free agency, the Metropolitan Division-leading Washington Capitals have two big names of their own on expiring deals. Braden Holtby is in the final year of his deal and could be the next..." December 22

  • Braden Holtby, Capitals won't talk contract during season

    The Score "The Washington Capitals and netminder Braden Holtby are postponing contract negotiations until the offseason, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported during "Headlines" on Saturday. "The Capitals and Holtby's agent, David Kaye, have..." December 22

  • Connor McDavid, Alex Ovechkin, Nathan MacKinnon, David Pastrnak voted NHL All-Star Game captains "Connor McDavid will be captain of the Pacific Division for the fourth consecutive season when 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend is held at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Jan. 24-25. The Edmonton Oilers center was one of four team captains named Saturday following the 2020 NHL..." December 21

  • Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom will play their 900th career game together Friday

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom are one of the best tandems in the NHL. And Friday against the New Jersey Devils, the longtime teammates will play their 900th career game together. “I actually had no idea 900 was coming up. It’s pretty… it’s..." December 20

  • Future Watch: Five Rookies Tearing Up The AHL This Season

    The Hockey News "Welcome to the Lucas Elvenes show. In our 2019-20 Yearbook, Elvenes didn’t crack the top 10 NHL prospects list, which makes sense given that he was coming off a disappointing season with Rogle in the Swedish league where he failed to show much improvement. But up until a few..." December 20

  • Friday Five: What will the NHL look like next decade?

    TSN "What a decade it’s been. The 2010s brought the Golden Goal, a seventh Canadian club in Winnipeg, and a shot in the arm for franchises in Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver with the arrivals of Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Elias Pettersson. There was the..." December 20

  • Five players looking for a fresh start in 2020

    Pro Hockey Talk "The year is winding down and some people around the NHL will be happier to see it come to an end than others. 2019 was kind to players like Ryan O'Reilly, Nikita Kucherov and Mark Giordano, but there are others who are ready for a fresh start and a new..." December 20

  • 3 teams that could bring in Ilya Kovalchuk

    The Score "Ilya Kovalchuk's tenure with the Los Angeles Kings officially lasted for just under a year and a half after the forward cleared unconditional waivers Tuesday, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. Kovalchuk signed a three-year, $18.75-million contract with L.A. in 2018 and appeared in..." December 18

  • The NHL's Great Pretenders: Teams that are not what they seem

    ESPN "Last week we looked at some players who were prime regression candidates, for both good and bad reasons. It's an especially useful mental exercise to go through at this point of the season, because we're at a crossroads point of sorts in the calendar. We now have enough..." December 18