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  • Vitek Vanecek exits Game 1 early with lower-body injury

    The Score "Washington Capitals netminder Vitek Vanecek won't return to Game 1 against the Boston Bruins after suffering a lower-body injury in the first period, the team announced. Veteran puck-stopper Craig Anderson took over in net for the..." May 16

  • Washington Capitals Could Be Forced To Start Craig Anderson For Game 2

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Craig Anderson wasn’t expecting to get into the Washington Capitals’ Game 1 matchup with the Boston Bruins Saturday, but he did and the 39-year-old netminder proceeded to pick up the victory, leading Washington to a 3-2 overtime victory. By doing that, Anderson became the..." May 16

  • Capitals unsure of goalie situation "The Washington Capitals face an uncertain goalie situation entering Game 2 of their Stanley Cup First Round series against the Boston Bruins. Craig Anderson came off the bench to replace an injured Vitek Vanecek and made 21 saves in a 3-2 overtime win against..." May 16

  • Late additions paying off as Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins open Stanley Cup playoffs

    Sportsnaut "Both the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins hope their trade-deadline day acquisitions continue to be difference makers when they kick off the Stanley Cup playoffs in an opening-round series Saturday in Washington, D.C. The Capitals (36-15-5, 77..." May 15

  • 1 key matchup for each opening-round playoff series

    The Score "The NHL made it. After a truncated regular season littered with COVID outbreaks, the playoffs are here. Competition for the Stanley Cup begins Saturday night as the Boston Bruins visit the Washington Capitals. Here's one key matchup for each of the eight opening-round..." May 15

  • NHL wants coronavirus-related Canada border answer for Stanley Cup playoffs by June 1

    ESPN "The NHL has told the Canadian government that it needs an answer on the Stanley Cup playoffs' coronavirus-related border travel issue by June 1. "The conversations are ongoing. We've told them we really do need to know by the end of the first round, and that's..." May 14

  • Capitals owner Ted Leonsis ‘not concerned’ about Alexander Ovechkin’s contract status

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis spoke to media on Friday morning and the first topic of interest was Alex Ovechkin’s new contract status. Ovechkin’s contract negotiations have been a hot topic all season, and while there has been no progress, it seems Ted Leonsis is..." May 14

  • NHL won't award famed conference championship trophies during Stanley Cup playoffs

    ESPN "There won't be any superstitious drama about NHL teams touching the conference championship trophies in the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs -- because they won't be awarded this season. "We're not handing them out," NHL Chief Content Officer Steve Mayer told ESPN on..." May 14

  • NHL Releases First Round Playoff Schedules

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Even though the Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights don’t know exactly who they will be playing just yet, the NHL has released the playoff schedules for the first round. Things will kick off on Saturday with a game between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals, while..." May 13

  • 5 NHL Playoff Teams with Big Decisions to Make in Net

    Bleacher Report "NHL teams are changing the ways they think about goaltending. Look at how the Vegas Golden Knights conducted business in the crease during the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. Robin Lehner, ostensibly the team's chosen goaltender, gave way to Marc-Andre Fleury for one game in each of..." May 13

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Tattoos Are the Most Popular of Any Sports Team in the World

    Complex "It’s no secret that Leafs fans are some of the most die-hard sports fanatics out there, and it turns out they’re also the most tatted in the world when it comes to riding for their team. investigated which sports logos have been..." May 13

  • Matthew Beniers, 18, named to Team USA for worlds

    TSN "USA Hockey has unveiled the roster that will take part in the 2021 IIHF men's World Championship in Riga, Latvia from May 21 - June 6.  The roster includes three goaltenders, nine defencemen and 14 forwards.  The youngest player on the roster is 18-year-old..." May 13

  • OHL announces plan for 68-game 2021-22 season beginning Oct. 7

    Sportsnet "The OHL announced Thursday its plans to hold a 68-game 2021-22 regular season running from Oct. 7 to April 3, 2022. The playoffs are scheduled from April 7 to May 30, with the Memorial Cup set from June 2 to 12. " May 13

  • NHL hot seat watch: The players, coaches and GMs with the most on the line

    The Athletic "All of what has transpired in the past five months may indeed be a one-off for the NHL. The four divisions. The divisional-only play. The COVID-19 shortened 56-game regular season. Doesn’t mean the pressure is any different for the 16 teams that have qualified for the 2021..." May 13

  • NHL missed out on nearly $3.6 billion in revenue in 2020-21 because of limited attendance

    The Athletic "The National Hockey League missed out on almost $3.6 billion in revenue this season from ticket sales and in-arena purchases because of attendance restrictions. League and team executives wouldn’t confirm or share financial impacts specifically, but when The..." May 13

  • NHL could support women’s league if PWHPA, NWHL work together

    Sportsnet "The NHL informed both the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association and the National Women’s Hockey League that it is not in position to operate a women’s league in the foreseeable future, but also indicated that if the two entities come together with a plan, the league..." May 13

  • Staying or Going? NHL Teams That Have Head Coaching Decisions to Make

    Bleacher Report "The Columbus Blue Jackets, Arizona Coyotes and the New York Rangers have already dismissed their head coaches, and a few other teams are expected to follow in the coming days. The Seattle Kraken have yet to hire a head coach, and a few teams bound for the postseason face..." May 12

  • Keys to the offseason for NHL teams, including draft, free-agency game plans

    ESPN "The 2021 NHL season was -- hopefully -- the most unique campaign that any of us will witness. Arenas had reduced numbers of fans -- or no fans -- and as a result of the U.S.-Canada border being closed, the divisions had to be realigned to sequester the Canadian teams; that decision..." May 12

  • Free Agent Frenzy: Dougie Hamilton tops list with postseason, Expansion Draft looming

    TSN "This isn’t Canada’s favourite game show, but we have a Quiz question ahead of Free Agent Frenzy: Who is the only NHL defenceman to hit double digits in goals in each of the last seven seasons? A. Victor HedmanMay 12

  • Does A Strong Finish For Non-Playoff NHL Teams Carry Over To The Next Season?

    Expected Buffalo "The Buffalo Sabres 2020-21 season is in the books. Another season that ends without a playoff berth and another where they finish at the bottom of the NHL standings. The good news for the club is that they finished the year on a positive note. When you look at the final 25 games of..." May 12

  • Why the NHL’s foray into sports betting may finally mean more specific injury disclosure

    The Athletic "Once upon a time, back when the NHL was a modest 21-team entity, the league had a comprehensive injury disclosure policy that rivalled other professional sports leagues for its detail and transparency. Kevin Allen, the longtime hockey writer for USA Today, recalls just how specific it..." May 12

  • 5 Possible Trade Destinations for the Washington Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov

    Bleacher Report "Could the Washington Capitals listen to trade offers this summer for Evgeny Kuznetsov? That's what TSN's Pierre LeBrun suggested on May 4, noting the 28-year-old center and Ilya Samsonov were scratched from a recent game for being late to a team..." May 11

  • Justin Abdelkader, Brian Boyle To Play For Team USA

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Sometimes the IIHF World Championship is a great place for those playing overseas to show what they can do against NHL talent. It can operate as a springboard to a North American career for young undrafted talents, or act as a way to prove the worth of a former NHL regular. The latter will be..." May 11

  • Analyzing how the biggest NHL trade deadline deals have panned out so far

    Sportsnet "Even though we're about a month past the deadline, trade rumours of the off-season variety are already swirling again. Jack Eichel contributed to those in a big way Monday, with a press availability that was filled with bombs left and right. He didn't outwardly say he had..." May 11

  • What NHL executives are saying about a potential Jack Eichel sweepstakes

    The Athletic "And so now we ask the question: Which team will be responsible for paying the remaining $50 million on Jack Eichel’s contract? That’s really where the conversation must start if you’re a team thinking of calling the Sabres this offseason. Read..." May 11

  • The top rising candidates for NHL coach, GM jobs

    ESPN "If there's anything we know about NHL hiring practices, it's that they can be predictable. Since 2005-06, there have been 171 head-coaching changes in the NHL -- more than the NFL, NBA or MLB. However, 101 of the 171 new hires had previous head-coaching experience, according to the..." May 11

  • Are the New York Rangers the front-runner for Jack Eichel?

    The Athletic "Jack Eichel has some “thinking to do in this offseason,” and the Buffalo Sabres star doesn’t sound like his focus will be on staying with his current team. On Monday, he vented his frustrations with the organization and specifically how they’ve..." May 11

  • NHL’s relaxed dress code could give players a chance to show their style

    The Athletic "Dressing for a home game used to be more of a plug-and-play approach for the Arizona Coyotes. Pick a suit, pick a tie and you’re off. “Now you get to actually think about it a little bit more,” Coyotes center Clayton Keller said. “You actually have..." May 11

  • Michal Kempny leaves Hershey game early after colliding with ice scraper

    NBC Sports Washington "  Michal Kempny left Saturday's Hershey Bears game in the second period after colliding with an ice scraper and did not return. Kempny was reassigned to Hershey on Friday for conditioning. Saturday was his first game at any level this season after he suffered an..." May 10

  • Ranking the 10 Most Despised Players in the NHL Since 2000

    Bleacher Report "Some are whiners. Some are bullies. Some live to get under your skin. The common thread: Some NHL players are simply loathed. Hockey history is full of tales of players who didn’t get along with opponents, fans or even their own teammates. The past two-plus decades..." May 10

  • Nominees Announced For 2021 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is given out annually to the NHL player who exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. The award has been voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 1968, and today they announced their nominees for..." May 10

  • Calder Trophy favorites include Kirill Kaprizov, Jason Robertson "Who was the best rookie in the NHL during the 2020-21 regular season? That will be officially decided when the Calder Trophy, voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, is revealed during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Though the regular season isn't scheduled to end until May 19,..." May 10

  • Hurricanes’ Rod Brind’Amour is the front-runner for the Jack Adams, according to NHL GMs poll

    The Athletic "The Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year is voted on by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association. It’s one of the few awards the Professional Hockey Writers Association doesn’t get to vote on — the general managers vote for the Vezina Trophy — and I must..." May 10

  • Alex Ovechkin to become investor in NWSL's Washington Spirit

    The Score "Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin is set to become an investor in the National Women's Soccer League's Washington Spirit, he confirmed to ESPN's Emily Kaplan. "I think it's important to support women and women's professional..." May 09

  • 25 Under 25: Ranking the Best Young Players in the NHL

    Bleacher Report "A quick look at this season's NHL stats reveals a number of players under the age of 25 sit among the league's top stars. Several, such as Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid and Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, established themselves as superstars..." May 09

  • Alex Ovechkin out again Saturday for Washington Capitals

    Sportsnaut "Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will miss Saturday night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers as he continues to be bothered by a lower-body injury. He took part in the morning skate but will be held out of the game. The Capitals can clinch the No. 1 seed in the East..." May 08

  • NHL to relax COVID-19 protocols for vaccinated playoff teams

    The Score "The NHL will relax its COVID-19 protocols for playoff teams once 85% of a club's traveling party has been fully vaccinated for two weeks, reports Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. The easements will reportedly allow players to gather socially outside of team facilities, eat and..." May 08

  • Re-Grading Last Year's Biggest NHL Free-Agent Signings

    Bleacher Report "When the 2020 NHL free-agent market opened on Oct. 9, we graded the biggest unrestricted free agent signings. As the 2020-21 regular season draws to a close, it's time to revisit our assessments of those deals. Some of the notable signings included defenseman Alex..." May 08

  • Alex Ovechkin remains out for Capitals, won't play against Flyers "Alex Ovechkin will remain out of the lineup for the Washington Capitals against the Philadelphia Flyers at Capital One Arena on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN1, TVAS, NBCSWA, NBCSP, NHL.TV) because of a lower-body injury. The Capitals forward will sit out for the sixth time in seven..." May 07

  • Tom Wilson reaches out to Artemi Panarin to make sure he’s okay, ‘does in fact have a heart’

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "Behind the scenes, Tom Wilson and Alex Ovechkin reached out to New York Rangers’ forward Artemi Panarin, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. Wilson ended Panarin’s season on Monday when the two wrestled each other in a line brawl. After..." May 07

  • How retiring NHL linesman Pierre Racicot honors his fallen friend

    The Athletic "Pierre Racicot and Stephane Provost began a ritual on May 11, 1999, when Provost’s youngest daughter, Ashley, was born. Racicot showed up at the Weston, Fla., hospital with a cooler of beer and the best friends and on-ice partners shared lots of laughs, talked excitedly about..." May 07

  • Rangers' Pavel Buchnevich suspended 1 game for high-sticking Capitals' Anthony Mantha

    The Score "New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich has been suspended one game for high-sticking Washington Capitals forward Anthony Mantha in the face during Wednesday's contest, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced. " May 06

  • Pavel Buchnevich To Have Hearing With Department Of Player Safety

    Blueshirt Banter "Pavel Buchnevich will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety as a result of his crosscheck to the face of Anthony Mantha. Buchnevich was given a major penalty and game misconduct for this play, and it is understandable why. You can agree that the Department of..." May 06

  • Rangers sought retribution in fight-filled affair with Capitals: 'Proud of our guys'

    The Score "The New York Rangers didn't waste any time seeking retribution against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday. The teams squared off in a trio of fights to begin the game in response to Tom Wilson punching Pavel Buchnevich in the back of the..." May 06

  • A day after losing father, T.J. Oshie nets a hat trick in Washington Capitals' emotional 4-2 victory

    ESPN "T.J. Oshie, playing with a heavy heart after losing his father earlier in the week, scored three goals in an emotional performance Wednesday night, as the Washington Capitals outlasted the New York Rangers, 4-2. A day that began with the New York tabloids splashing a..." May 06

  • Why is the modern NHL power play so effective?

    The Score "Toward the end of a five-on-four power play Monday, Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo curled behind his own net, gathered the puck, and skated out of the zone unbothered. With no opposing players applying pressure, Pietrangelo gently left the puck for a trailing teammate, Alex..." May 06

  • Capitals rule Tom Wilson out for remainder of game vs. Rangers

    The Score "Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson won't return against the New York Rangers due to an upper-body injury, the team announced. " May 05

  • Rangers, Capitals erupt for 6 fights in opening minutes

    CBC Sports "It didn't take long for the New York Rangers to retaliate to Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson's antics. A line brawl featuring all six forwards erupted on the ice in the opening seconds of the game Wednesday after Wilson injured Rangers leading scorer Artemi..." May 05

  • The NHL's Lack of Discipline Against the Capitals' Tom Wilson Is Baffling

    Bleacher Report "Tom Wilson went too far. The NHL did not go far enough. Wilson, the 27-year-old Washington Capitals forward, has always been a lightning rod for controversy as one of the league's most notorious goons and one of the most skilled. But after his role in a line..." May 05

  • Capitals 'prepared for anything' in Rangers rematch after Tom Wilson incident

    Sportsnet "The final embers of the New York Rangers' playoff hopes were extinguished Monday night. But thanks to Tom Wilson, there's plenty of intrigue as the Rangers prepare to begin playing out the string Wednesday night. Wilson, the Washington Capitals' polarizing..." May 05