• NHL records zero positive tests through 1st week of return

    The Score "The NHL's bubble plan worked seamlessly in its first week. Among the 7,013 COVID-19 tests administered from July 27-Aug. 1, there were zero positive results, the league announced Monday. " August 03

  • Micheal Ferland of Canucks, Luke Kunin of Wild fined for actions in Game 1

    NHL.com "Vancouver Canucks forward Micheal Ferland has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for spearing and Minnesota Wild forward Luke Kunin has been fined $1,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct during Game 1 of the teams' Stanley Cup..." August 03

  • 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

  • Two-Way Force Pierre-Luc DuBois Makes An Early Impact For Columbus

    The Hockey News "Jarmo Kekalainen knew. Back in 2016, the Columbus Blue Jackets were slated to pick third overall in the draft and to most outsiders, the selection was probably going to be a Finn like the GM himself. Auston Matthews was definitely going first to Toronto and Patrik Laine was almost certainly..." August 03

  • Where is the Bobby Orr statue?

    Boston "The Bobby Orr statue outside TD Garden went missing over the weekend, prompting a few Twitter users to call attention to the bronze sculpture’s whereabouts. “TD Garden has removed the Bobby Orr statue,” one man tweeted early Sunday morning. “Nobody..." August 03

  • What the Leafs' Game 1 loss signals about the state of play in the restart

    The Score "So much of what's intriguing about the unique 2020 postseason can be summed up by the Eastern Conference's No. 8 vs. No. 9 qualifying series. Below is a breakdown of three representative storylines that began to take shape during the Columbus Blue Jackets' 2-0 win over the Toronto..." August 03

  • Jets F Mark Scheifele’s injury not believed to be long term; remains doubtful for Game 2

    TSN "Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele’s injury is not believed to be long term, TSN’s Sara Orlesky reports. Scheifele remains doubtful for Monday’s Game 2 against the Calgary Flames. The 27-year-old appeared to suffer a left leg injury when he went..." August 03

  • Dirty or not, Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk thrives when spotlight is on him

    Sportsnet "Eric Francis@EricFrancisAugust 2, 2020, 4:33 PM 44 Asked point blank if he thought Matthew Tkachuk was a dirty player, the pause from Paul Maurice was palpable. “I don’t know, if you sin once are you a sinner?” said the Winnipeg..." August 02

  • Drake Caggiula suspended for Game 2 of Blackhawks

    NBC Sports "Drake Caggiula was suspended for Game 2 of Blackhawks – Oilers because of his illegal check to the head on Tyler Ennis. During the NHL video explanation, the league described the hit as “high” and “forceful.” The league believes that..." August 02

  • Matt Dumba opens up about speech, why he regrets not kneeling for both anthems

    Sportsnet "A day after delivering a powerful message condemning racism and becoming the first NHL player to kneel for a national anthem, Matt Dumba opened up about the emotions he felt during his speech and what he wishes he had done differently. Ahead of Saturday’s game between..." August 02

  • Paul Maurice: Matthew Tkachuk hit on Mark Scheifele 'could have ended' his career

    The Hockey News "The potentially devastating hit on Mark Scheifele was either, "such an accident," or "an absolutely filthy, disgusting hit," depending upon whose version of the events you believe. One thing we do know is the Winnipeg Jets have almost no chance of advancing if both Scheifele..." August 02

  • No Extension Talks For Alex Ovechkin Until Playoffs End

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As part of the new CBA agreement, teams don’t have to wait until the start of the 2020-21 league year (slated for some time in November) to begin working on contract extensions for 2021 free agents.  While they’re eligible to do so, the Capitals have decided that they will not..." August 02

  • Top 5 performances from Day 1 of the NHL's restart

    The Score "The first day of meaningful NHL hockey in more than four months didn't disappoint. Both the Chicago Blackhawks' 6-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens' 3-2 overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins featured more than..." August 02

  • Matt Murray to start for Penguins in Game 1

    Sportsnet "The Pittsburgh Penguins will turn to Matt Murray as the starting goaltender for Game 1 of their Stanley Cup qualifier series against the Montreal Canadiens. Sullivan explained that Murray’s experience in high-pressure games was the reason why he got the nod..." August 01

  • Henrik Lundqvist will start today versus 'Canes

    Forever Blueshirts "In some wild news, Igor Shesterkin has been deemed unfit to play. Due to no word on injuries, all we know is that he is day to day. Henrik Lundqvist gets the start. " August 01

  • Chicago's Kirby Dach Is On A Fantastic Trajectory

    The Hockey News "When the Chicago Blackhawks stepped up to the podium at the 2019 draft, they had what was, essentially, the first decision of the night. Jack Hughes was a lock to go first overall to the New Jersey Devils, while Kaapo Kakko was basically in the same boat at No. 2 with the New York Rangers. But..." August 01

  • Predicting all the NHL Western Qualifying Round winners

    Sportsnaut "The NHL Qualifying Round begins tomorrow at 12:00 PM Eastern Time. Things will start to get wild in the West when the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks get things started off at 3:00 PM Eastern Time at Rogers Place. Now, let’s dive in to each series and make a..." August 01

  • 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

  • Brad Marchand Injury: Status Update, And Why Bruins Could Take It Slow

    NESN "The Boston Bruins’ march to the Stanley Cup got off to an inauspicious start Thursday night and not just because of how their exhibition game against the Columbus Blue Jackets played out. The Bruins looked like the far rustier team, especially early in their 4-1 loss to..." August 01

  • Rangers vs. Hurricanes: Breaking down matchups and a prediction

    New York Post "So maybe this series against the Candy Canes isn’t officially recognized as a playoff round, but it is the postseason — the postseason! — and the rebuilding Rangers are playing hockey. Raise your hand if you envisioned that as a possibility when The Letter went out on Feb. 8,..." August 01

  • Jack Drury Leaving Harvard, Signs In Sweden

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Like Morgan Barron earlier today, who is leaving Cornell to sign with the New York Rangers and start his professional career, other NCAA players will have to find different ways to continue their hockey careers after several schools canceled the upcoming season. One of those players..." 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

  • NHL makes ruling on pick conditions for James Neal-Milan Lucic trade

    Sportsnet "The NHL has made a ruling on the pick conditions in the July 2019 trade involving James Neal and Milan Lucic, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. The Edmonton Oilers, who acquired Neal in exchange for Lucic, will transfer their third-round pick in..." July 31

  • 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

  • New York Rangers Sign Morgan Barron

    Last Word On Hockey "The New York Rangers have signed defenceman Morgan Barron to an entry-level contract. The deal is for three years and will take Barron through 2022–23. Teams have been able to sign prospects during the recent pause but Barron had remained unsigned to this point. The..." 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

  • Jesper Sellgren Loaned To SHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When the Carolina Hurricanes signed Jesper Sellgren to a three-year entry-level contract in 2019, they likely expected him to be an important contributor for the Charlotte Checkers. After all, the young defenseman had just debuted for the Checkers in the Calder Cup playoffs and would..." 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

  • John Tortorella has Blue Jackets in killer mindset for Maple Leafs

    Sportsnet "Let’s begin with a John Tortorella anecdote from eight years ago that echoes in my mind whenever the coach goes Full Torts. Ottawa, January 2012: Reporting on my first major event for this website, NHL All-Star weekend, I decided to gather quotes for a Scott Hartnell..." July 31

  • Hurricanes' Dougie Hamilton officially ruled out for Saturday

    CBS Sports "Dougie Hamilton (undisclosed) will not be available against the Rangers on Saturday, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports. While Hamilton's absence Saturday shouldn't come as a surprise, coach Rod Brind'Amour did offer a glimmer of hope when..." July 31

  • Bruins Brad Marchand leaves exhibition with apparent injury, will be evaluated Friday

    Mass Live "The one thing the Bruins didn’t want to come from their only exhibition game was an injury. So seeing Brad Marchand go down the tunnel without returning near the midway point of the third period was the worst part of their 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. He left after..." 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

  • Troy Brouwer is ready for one last run at a Stanley Cup with the Blues

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "What was already a strange year for Blues forward Troy Brouwer just keeps getting stranger. Plucked out of unemployment in Calgary in November when a rash of injuries hit the Blues and general manager Doug Armstrong was concerned over the number of rookies that might soon be in the..." July 31

  • Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe gives William Nylander a push

    TSN "In Toronto's 4-2 exhibition win on Tuesday, William Nylander had a quiet night with no shots on net, one giveaway and a minus-one rating against the Canadiens.  "I'm pushing him, because I think he's capable of more in our practices..." July 31

  • What to expect when you're expecting Penguins' hockey; the Defense

    The Sports Daily "Part 2 of this series focusing on the units the Penguins will be deploying come Saturday’s Return to Play puck drop focuses on the blue line, a 6 man group that’s finally fully healthy for basically the first time since December. The phrase “fully healthy”..." 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

  • Islanders’ Adam Pelech ready to go after shaking the rust off

    New York Post "When the NHL suspended the 2019-20 regular season in March, Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech was in a walking boot. He was less than two months removed from what was supposed to be season-ending surgery on his Achilles. But time heals all wounds, and this one did just in..." July 31

  • Evander Kane: NHL 'has made no effort to support its own Black players'

    The Score "Since the Hockey Diversity Alliance formed a bit over a month ago, Evander Kane says the group has been unable to find common ground with the NHL in its discussions. "The NHL can put ‘Black Lives Matter’ all over the rink, shout ‘Black Lives..." July 31

  • How the Maple Leafs have done in best of five series

    Pension Plan Puppets "The Toronto Maple Leafs are kicking off the 2020 NHL Playoffs with a five game qualifying series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. This will be the first time these two teams will meet in any kind of playoff format, so there isn’t any history to discuss there...." July 31

  • Vermont coach on hiring ex-Wings' and Leafs' coach Mike Babcock: 'The equivalent of a Bill Belichick'

    Detroit Free Press "Former Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock will get back to work this fall after more than eight months off as the University of Vermont announced Wednesday he will join its hockey program as a volunteer advisor. Vermont’s head coach, Todd Woodcroft,..." July 31

  • Who Would Be On the Buffalo Sabres Bubble Roster?

    Die By The Blade "We all know the Buffalo Sabres didn’t make it to the NHL’s “bubble” postseason in Toronto, but what if they had? Teams in the “bubble” were allowed to bring 31 skaters to their respective playoff city of Toronto or Edmonton, giving the teams some..." July 31

  • Bruins Hilariously Get Roasted On Twitter After Struggling With Layup

    NESN "The Boston Bruins probably should stick to the ice. The squad hit up a basketball court in Toronto while getting a little time away from practice. And the results weren’t pretty. The Black and Gold collectively struggled to finish a put-back layup attempt and Twitter had a field..." 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

  • Bruins Honoring Colby Cave With No. 26 Decal On Helmets

    CBS Boston "The Boston Bruins will honor former teammate Colby Cave when the team returns to action in the NHL’s restart. Boston players will be sporting a heart decal on their helmets with Cave’s No. 26 in the middle. The team released pictures of the decals on Thursday, ahead of..." July 30

  • The Florida Panthers Have A Very Expensive Goaltending Problem

    The Hockey News "In terms of omens, the Florida Panthers couldn’t do much worse that the 5-0 drubbing they suffered at the hands of the rival Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. The Panthers are one of the lucky franchises to be included in the NHL’s extended 24-team post-season field, but they sure..." July 30

  • AHL pushes back start of 2020-21 season over coronavirus concerns

    New York Post "Coronavirus continues to have an effect on North American sports, including the minor leagues. On Thursday, the American Hockey League announced it would delay the start of the 2020-21 season because of the coronavirus. This comes months after the league ended its season and..." July 30

  • Leafs' Tyson Barrie seeking redemption in playoffs after 'up-and-down season'

    The Score "Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie admitted he wasn't at his best during the first season with his new team, but he believes the postseason represents an excellent opportunity to show what he's capable of. "I'm really glad we're getting a..." July 30

  • Marshawn Lynch & Pat Mahomes Join Fight To End Racism In Hockey W/ Powerful Video

    TMZ "Some of the biggest icons in pro sports -- from Patrick Mahomes to Marshawn Lynch to George Kittle -- have now publicly joined the fight to end racism in hockey ... sending a powerful video message Thursday. The NFL All-Pros teamed up with golf..." July 30