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Christmas may be new Thanksgiving as NHL playoff barometer

Dec. 07, 2022 14:03 PM EST

For the better part of two decades since the NHL instituted a salary cap, enjoying turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes were synonymous with feeling pretty good about making the playoffs. Dating to 2005-06, with lockout- and pandemic-related seasons excepted, 76% of teams in a...

Rangers trade Ryan Reaves to Wild for 5th-round pick in 2025

Nov. 23, 2022 18:38 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The New York Rangers traded enforcer Ryan Reaves to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday for a 2025 fifth-round pick. Reaves had been a healthy scratch for eight of the past 12 games for the Rangers. He gives struggling Minnesota some extra muscle and a veteran...

Devils are on a franchise-record 13-game winning streak

Nov. 22, 2022 15:38 PM EST

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils can't sneak up on teams anymore. The once-laughable also-rans have gone from a team that has missed the Stanley Cup playoffs nine of the past 10 years to currently the NHL's hottest team. Coach Lindy Ruff's young,...

Bruce Boudreau adapts on way to 600 wins as an NHL coach

Nov. 02, 2022 02:22 AM EDT

When Bruce Boudreau finally got his first chance to be an NHL coach with Washington in 2007, he took over a staff with only a few assistants. George McPhee told Boudreau to coach the way he wanted to coach and he'd be there a while. Boudreau did that, helped the Washington Capitals...

Broad Street Bully? Tortorella insists he's tamed in Philly

Oct. 12, 2022 16:57 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — John Tortorella coaches the kind of Philadelphia Flyers team that can drive their fans to drink. Maybe the players, too. Feisty enough to try and fight his way into a visiting team’s locker room, Tortorella is poised enough to send his team a...

Not rushing top prospects to NHL is becoming a popular path

Oct. 09, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

Cale Makar was impressed when 2021 top pick Owen Power went back to college for another season rather than jump immediately to the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres. “It was a very mature decision by him,” Makar said. It also was out of the ordinary. Power was the first...

NHL's East 'have nots' hoping to start challenging the elite

Oct. 07, 2022 14:17 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin aren’t getting any younger, and New Jersey Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald isn't shy about hoping that age finally catches up to the NHL Eastern Conference’s elite players. At the same time, Fitzgerald can appreciate it takes more than hope...

Hertl to lead Sharks against Predators in hometown Prague

Oct. 06, 2022 15:26 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — After the San Jose Sharks missed the NHL playoffs for a third straight season, Tomas Hertl is determined to turn things around. Starting the new season in front of his hometown fans only adds to his motivation. The Sharks and the Nashville Predators...

Drop the puck: What to know about the 2022-23 NHL season

Oct. 06, 2022 12:39 PM EDT

The NHL is back to normal with the regular season stretching from October through the middle of April before the two-month thrill ride that is the chase for the Stanley Cup. Over that time, teams are scheduled to play a total of 1,312 games over 189 days, starting with Nashville and...

Cup champion Avalanche still team to beat in NHL's West

Oct. 05, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

Roman Josi looks around the Western Conference — and the NHL at-large — and does not see a lot of easy games for his Nashville Predators. Still, he acknowledges, “Colorado is the team to beat.” The defending Stanley Cup champion Avalanche are favored to again...