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  • Sweden Announces World Championship Roster

    Yardbarker "Sweden released their roster for the upcoming World Championships, which gets underway on Friday, early this morning. While they have plenty of players in the NHL (especially on the forward group), this team primarily consists of players playing in leagues overseas.  Their roster is as..." May 16

  • 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

  • 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

  • The playoff upset that rattled a dynasty and put Wayne Gretzky's Oilers 'on the map'

    The Score "The Montreal Canadiens' most recent dynasty was crumbling when Glen Sather, head coach of the NHL's next big thing, pressed play on the video hype montage in 1981. Sather's Edmonton Oilers had seized control of their first-round, best-of-five playoff matchup with Montreal, the..." May 14

  • Oilers continue to check off boxes as regular season comes to an end

    Sportsnet "If you missed that rare, midweek, afternoon start in the Mountain time zone on Wednesday, allow Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett to summarize it for you. “Sloppy, nobody got hurt, and we got two points. Other than that it was good.” We could..." May 13

  • 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.  Gambling.com 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

  • North playoff matchups set: Canadiens clash with Leafs, Jets take on Oilers

    The Score "The Winnipeg Jets defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-0 Tuesday to clinch the North Division's third seed and set up a first-round series against the Edmonton Oilers. Meanwhile, the top-seeded Toronto Maple Leafs will face the fourth-seeded Montreal..." 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

  • Oilers' Mike Smith not taking potential last shot at glory for granted

    Sportsnet "Mike Smith is, by his own admission, an old goat. A bearded old goat at that. And just to be clear, we’re not talking about the Tom Brady kind of GOAT. We’re talking hoofed bovine here, though we would submit that his numbers this season are so good, he has played..." 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

  • Oilers embracing last chance to slay Canadiens dragon before playoffs

    Sportsnet "There is no getting around it: The one team in the North Division that the Edmonton Oilers have the most trouble with is undoubtedly the Montreal Canadiens, a team that has a 5-2 record versus Edmonton while limiting Connor McDavid to just two goals and eight points in..." May 10

  • Canadiens' Paul Byron returns for potential playoff-clincher vs. Oilers, Connor McDavid

    Sportsnet " Paul Byron’s returning from injury at a time the Montreal Canadiens need him, with another chance to clinch a playoff spot on offer and a matchup against Connor McDavid and an Edmonton Oilers team that’s won seven of its last 10 games at..." 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

  • Flames' Matthew Tkachuk: 'Never thought we'd root for Edmonton' amid playoff hunt

    Daily Hive "For several weeks, fans of the Calgary Flames have watched as the club’s playoff hopes began to flicker and then fade. After their loss last Wednesday against the Winnipeg Jets, the club would be mathematically eliminated if they lost another game or if the Montreal Canadiens earned..." May 10

  • Connor McDavid centered on what’s ‘genuinely relevant’ after scoring 100 substances

    News Himalaya "Connor McDavid on Saturday grew to changed into the ninth player in NHL history to fetch no longer lower than 100 substances through his first 53 video games of a season, nonetheless reaching individual milestones is no longer what drives the Edmonton Oilers captain. “It be..." May 10

  • Calder Trophy favorites include Kirill Kaprizov, Jason Robertson

    NHL.com "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

  • Oilers star Connor McDavid’s 100-point season puts him in rarified air

    The Athletic "Connor McDavid did the remarkable, likely the most remarkable individual accomplishment of his career so far. The Oilers captain recorded his 100th point of the 2021 season Saturday when he set up running mate Leon Draisaitl on a two-man advantage at 19..." 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

  • Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl doing what no others have done before

    Toronto Sun "What Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have combined for over a two-year period with the Edmonton Oilers is remarkably rare and historically improbable. Last year, Draisaitl won the NHL scoring title and the Hart Trophy as most valuable player. McDavid finished second in..." May 09

  • Edmonton Oilers Making Progress On Adam Larsson Extension

    Yardbarker "When the news came down in 2016 that Adam Larsson had been traded straight up for Taylor Hall , many mocked the Edmonton Oilers for the return they received from the New Jersey Devils. After all, Larsson had a career-high of 24 points in a season and didn’t..." May 09

  • 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

  • Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in control of future as end of contract nears

    Sportsnet "There are two conversations at play when it comes to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the Edmonton Oilers. The first one is obvious: Should the Oilers sign the pending unrestricted free agent before the Seattle Kraken’s exclusive UFA negotiating window that opens on July..." May 07

  • Canucks' Zack MacEwen suspended one game

    TSN "Vancouver Canucks forward Zack MacEwen has been suspended one game for kneeing Edmonton Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse. The infraction occurred during the Canucks 6-3 win over the Oilers on Thursday, when the two players were involved in multiple incidents with each..." May 07

  • Canucks’ Zach MacEwen to have hearing for kneeing Oilers’ Darnell Nurse

    Sportsnet "Vancouver Canucks forward Zack MacEwen will have a hearing with the NHL's department of player safety on Friday for kneeing Edmonton Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse. The play in question took place at 10:59 of the second period of Thursday's 6-3..." 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

  • 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

  • 1 Nightmare Matchup for Every NHL Playoff Contender

    Bleacher Report "It's an unalienable truth about the postseason: You can't win it if you're not in it. So, for the 16 teams who entered Monday night's games in position to earn entry to the Stanley Cup playoffs, that's the priority. Finish the season strong, clinch your playoff..." May 04

  • Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews in 'Magnificent' company this season

    TSN "Hockey’s new 3M Company is a conglomerate of super-scorers: Mario, McDavid and Matthews. Mario Lemieux has emerged from the history books to act as a measuring stick for the NHL’s current two most prodigious talents. McDavid is the NHL’s best player and..." May 04

  • Wayne Gretzky on how Connor McDavid has taken his game and Oilers ‘to another level’

    The Athletic "Even the greatest there ever was had that tone in his voice when asked about Connor McDavid’s season. “Well, first of all, it’s pretty remarkable,” Wayne Gretzky said with a chuckle. “He’s gone to another level.” The man who holds..." May 04