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Svechnikov, Hurricanes beat Islanders 6-3 to open season

Oct. 14, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour felt good about the way his new-look roster played together on the opening night of the season. The familiar faces from three straight playoff appearances — led by Andrei Svechnikov — were pretty sharp, too. ...

Golden Knights, Avalanche appear to be teams to beat in West

Oct. 06, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

The Vegas Golden Knights have made deep playoff runs in three of their four years and are used to being looked at as the team to beat in the Western Conference. Advancing in the postseason, though, is not going to satisfy a young franchise that lost in the Stanley Cup...

Cali slump: All 3 NHL teams in Golden State are rebuilding

Oct. 01, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — What just a few years ago was the most treacherous stretch of the NHL schedule for many teams has turned into a bit of breather of late. The days of being run by the physical, overpowering teams in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles are long in...

Coyotes head into 2021-22 season with overhauled roster

Sep. 29, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes opted to make a change in leadership after failing to make the playoffs again, firing coach Rick Tocchet and replacing him with André Tourigny. The changes were just the beginning of a busy offseason. ...

Blackhawks look to return to playoffs after active offseason

Sep. 29, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Seth Jones spent the first few days of training camp trying to stop Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane. It was just like old times. “It's not that fun,” a grinning Jones said. At least Jones won't have to...

Golden Knights enter new era with same high expectations

Sep. 29, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights are no longer the NHL’s shiny new toy. That honor now belongs to the expansion Seattle Kraken. With only seven players left from the inaugural roster that reached the 2018 Stanley Cup Final and the...

Fighting spirit: Cup-favorite Avs to raise physical presence

Sep. 29, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche added some more punch to their roster by basically bringing in a 6-foot-5 bodyguard. Among the duties of defenseman Kurtis MacDermid — have the backs of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, Cale Makar and any of their other...

For the Florida Panthers, the time really might be now

Sep. 28, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Losing to Tampa Bay was bad enough for the Florida Panthers in last season’s playoffs. Watching the Lightning go on to win the Stanley Cup, oddly enough, didn’t make things worse. It only further convinced the Panthers that they can win it all....

Carolina Hurricanes hope changes lead to another playoff run

Sep. 28, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The past three seasons have seen the Carolina Hurricanes end a long postseason drought, become an every-year playoff team and win their first division championship in 15 years. They figured they needed changes to accomplish even more. ...

Offseason deals and signings raise expectations for Devils

Sep. 28, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Devils coach Lindy Ruff doesn't like it when a question starts with the phrase: “You've been around hockey a long time...” It's the equivalent of saying: “Hey, you're old.” At the same time, the 61-year-old...