Month: April 2018

Europeans are having a bigger impact in the NHL now than ever before. Of the 985 players to play in at least one game this season, 268, or 27 percent, were born in Europe. Europeans have been at the pinnacle of success in recent seasons, winning five of the past 10 Hart, Art Ross, and
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While the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is still close to two months away, the Anaheim Ducks’ 2017-18 season is over after an embarrassing first-round sweep at the hands of the San Jose Sharks. Injuries and a number of systematic issues contributed to the Ducks’ demise, so this offseason will be about looking for
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12:37 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the third straight postseason, it’ll be the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metropolitan Division semifinals. “Here we go,” declared center Nicklas Backstrom after the Capitals eliminated the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 6-3 Game 6 victory on Monday night. The Penguins also won
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10:10 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN As each NHL team is eliminated from playoff contention — either mathematically or by losing in the postseason — we’ll take a look at why its quest for the Stanley Cup fell short in 2017-18, along with three keys to its offseason and a way-too-early prediction for what 2018-19 will
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The Calgary Flames named Bill Peters as their head coach Monday. Peters, 51, resigned as the Hurricanes‘ coach Friday after four seasons with Carolina. He replaces Glen Gulutzan, who was fired last week. Peters went 137-138-53 with the Hurricanes, who missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the ninth consecutive season — the longest drought in
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There’s no reason to panic when a team holds a 3-2 series lead in a playoff series. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t problems worth identifying, however, and that is very much the case when looking at this Bruins team that has dropped two games to the Toronto Maple Leafs with the most recent loss featuring
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After Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoff series between the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks, I wrote, “The San Jose Sharks didn’t so much outplay the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series, they outpoised them.” After Game 2, I wrote Anaheim needed to make changes to stay in the series,  “It
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Looking back at the players that NHL teams left “unprotected” and thereby eligible for the upstart Vegas Golden Knights to select for their expansion roster brings a great sense of irony. For example, it’s ironic that Marc-Andre Fleury, previously with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and James Neal of the Nashville Predators would both be unprotected and selected by
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“I always wanted to be an L.A. King and I want to stay an L.A. King.” Those exact words were uttered from Drew Doughty’s mouth in a recent interview with NHL.com following his team’s early 2018 NHL playoff exit. The encoded message was distributed through various mainstream and social media channels and decoded by Los Angeles
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New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle, Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo and Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal have been named finalists for the Bill Masterton Trophy, the NHL announced Saturday. The award is given to a player “who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.” Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid
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The changing of the guard at Madison Square Garden will really start to ramp up in June, when the New York Rangers enter an NHL Entry Draft in which they have three first-round picks, two second-rounders (one that could become a future first) and two thirds to work with among 10 total picks. Perhaps they’ll
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5:45 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN As each NHL team is eliminated from playoff contention — either mathematically or by losing in the postseason — we’ll take a look at why its quest for the Stanley Cup fell short in 2017-18, along with three keys to its offseason and a way-too-early prediction on what 2018-19 will
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