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Defending champion Blues surrounded by tough teams in West

Sep. 19, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

St. Louis had better dig in for its repeat bid. The defending Stanley Cup champion Blues will have their hands full in the Western Conference, which seems to have a slew of contenders. And, every team in the entire league is going to give the Blues its best shot each game. "There's going to be a whole different...

Lightning still the team to beat in NHL's Eastern Conference

Sep. 18, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

Getting swept in the first round wasn't enough to knock the Tampa Bay Lightning off the mountaintop. After finishing 21 points ahead of everyone else during the 2018-19 regular season, the Lightning are again Stanley Cup favorites and the team to beat in an ever-improving Eastern Conference. With a stacked roster...

Blues' O'Reilly has 'another gear' after being playoff MVP

Sep. 18, 2019 4:08 AM EDT

Ryan O'Reilly stockpiled quite the hardware to show off at his Stanley Cup day. On display next to the Cup he helped the St. Louis Blues win in June were the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP and the Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward. Any player would gladly celebrate with those shiny centerpieces,...

Reimer, Forsberg lead Hurricanes in shutout of Lightning

Sep. 18, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

James Reimer and Anton Forsberg combined for a shutout as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0 in an NHL preseason game in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday night. Reimer and Forsberg each played half the game for the Hurricanes, who reached the Eastern Conference final last spring after missing the...

Hughes scores 2 in preseason debut for Devils

Sep. 16, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

Jack Hughes scored twice in his NHL preseason debut, including the winner 40 seconds into overtime to lift a New Jersey Devils split squad to a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday night in Newark, New Jersey. Hughes, the first overall pick in June's NHL draft, and P.K. Subban, acquired in a trade with...

Far from Czech home, Kubalik adjusts to life with Blackhawks

Sep. 14, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Dominik Kubalik is leaning on David Kampf while he transitions to life in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks. He peppers his Czech countryman with all sorts of questions. "I think he's a little bit mad at me right now," a grinning Kubalik said, "because I'm still asking 'What's that?' and...

Wild sign defenseman Spurgeon to 7-year, $53M extension

Sep. 14, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a $53.025 million, seven-year extension Saturday that will begin next season and go through the 2026-27 season. The deal carries an annual value of $7.575 million. The 29-year-old Spurgeon set career highs last season of 14...

Pavelski, Perry switch to Stars after long stays in 1st home

Sep. 14, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Joe Pavelski joined the Dallas Stars as an expensive free agent coming off one of his best goal-scoring years, while Corey Perry quietly signed a low-cost deal for one year after playing the fewest games of his career because of a knee injury. That's where the differences end for the...

Study shows hockey great Stan Mikita suffered from CTE

Sep. 13, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A posthumous study of Stan Mikita's brain shows the hockey Hall of Famer suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy at the time of his death a year ago. Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the BU CTE Center, announced the findings during the Concussion Legacy Foundation's Chicago Honors...

Broken foot could delay Corey Perry's debut with Stars

Sep. 13, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Stars forward Corey Perry has a broken foot that could sideline him for the opener with his new team. Perry said on the opening day of training camp Friday that he tripped on a step earlier in the week and broke a small bone in his left foot. General manager Jim Nill said Perry...