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Carolina Hurricanes center Ryan Dzingel celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings in the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Detroit. Carolina won 3-0. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Hurricanes open with 3-0 win over rebuilding Red Wings

Jan. 14, 2021 11:19 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Nino Niederreiter scored early in the first period and Petr Mrazek had to make just 14 saves for a shutout, helping the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. “It felt great being back on the ice," Niederreiter said....

Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie, right, celebrates his goal with forward Alex Ovechkin, left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Oshie has 3 points, Capitals open with 6-4 win at Buffalo

Jan. 14, 2021 11:11 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Pete Laviolette was more pleased for his players — young and old — for kicking off the season on the right foot than he was getting a win in his debut as Washington's coach. “It is a lot more than just me,” Laviolette said after earning his 638th career win...

FILE - In this Sunday, March 1, 2020, file photo, New Jersey Devils center Jack Hughes plays against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif. For the teams that missed the 2020 playoffs, they've spent the past 10 months waiting for the compressed 56-game 2021 season. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

The wait is almost over for NHL teams that missed playoffs

Jan. 11, 2021 2:11 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jack Hughes of the New Jersey Devils hadn't had a layoff like this since ... ever? More than 100 NHL players from New Jersey, Buffalo, Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose, Ottawa, and Detroit have not played a meaningful hockey game since the league paused play in early March because of the...

Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice, left, talks to Neal Pionk (4) and Patrik Laine (29) during their NHL hockey training camp practice in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)

Taxi! NHL taxi squads to help teams stay on ice in pandemic

Jan. 11, 2021 1:08 PM EST

The NHL is bracing for bumps as it aims to pull off a season during the pandemic and the hope is that taxi squads will help teams stay on the ice. The defending Western Conference champion Dallas Stars have already had to postpone their season-opener this week because six players and two staff members tested...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, skates next to Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Washington. The NHL is embarking on a 56-game regular season with all divisional play in a knock-down, drag-out battle for the Stanley Cup unlike any other in hockey history.  (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

NHL embarks on season that will be like '56 playoff games'

Jan. 9, 2021 11:29 AM EST

The NHL has started seasons of fewer than 82 games in January and played into the summer to award the Stanley Cup. Just not like this. When the puck drops on the regular season in five rinks Jan. 13, it will be the start of a 56-game sprint to the playoffs with all divisional play until the semifinals. That will...

The Dallas Stars run drills during NHL hockey training camp practice Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Virus concerns hit Dallas, Columbus as NHL season looms

Jan. 8, 2021 4:29 PM EST

The NHL said Friday that six Dallas Stars players and two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 in a development that will push back the opener for the defending Western Conference champions by nearly a week. The Columbus Blue Jackets also held a number of players off the ice “out of abundance of...

FILE - Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon waits for a face off against the New York Islanders in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, in this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, file photo. MacKinnon views pressure almost like shots on goal — the more, the better. That's why the Colorado Avalanche forward fully embraces his team being mentioned among the Stanley Cup favorites. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Avs, Knights, Blues make realigned West tall at the top

Jan. 8, 2021 3:33 PM EST

The team that emerges from the limited-time-only West Division should enter the Stanley Cup semifinals in prime, title-winning position. Like those mountain ranges in the middle of this three time zone conglomerate, coronavirus-driven realignment yielded a division that sure looks tall at the top. “It will...

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Eric Comrie (1) saves the shot during their NHL hockey training camp practice in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (John Woods/The Canadian Press via AP)

Weeeeee, the North: All-Canadian division stacked with stars

Jan. 8, 2021 10:21 AM EST

Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews will face off nine times and the Battle of Alberta will play out 10 times in an all-Canadian division never before seen in the NHL. U.S.-Canada border restrictions forced temporary realignment for the 2021 season, and the result is all seven teams north of the 49th parallel...

FILE - In this  Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 file photo, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) pushes Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) from the crease in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston. Longtime Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara signed with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, a stunning move less than a week before most NHL teams open training camp.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Close to Home: NHL's East Division has unfriendly neighbors

Jan. 8, 2021 3:11 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Flyers fans have posted photos of Sidney Crosby in arena urinals, an uncouth custom to let the Penguins' star know he will never be No. 1 in Philly. “Crosby Sucks!” chants echo louder in Philadelphia than the “Let’s go Fly-ers!” chorus from the...

FILE - Dallas Stars' Alexander Radulov (47), John Klingberg (3) and Joe Pavelski (16) celebrate a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period of an NHL hockey Western Conference playoff game in Edmonton, Alberta, in this Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, file photo. The Dallas Stars feel like they have something to prove after falling short in the Stanley Cup Final last season. The relish the opportunity for a better start this season and carry over the success they had in the NHL bubble. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Stars have 'something to prove' after Stanley Cup final run

Jan. 5, 2021 9:20 PM EST

Coach Rick Bowness, captain Jamie Benn and the Dallas Stars were ready to get out of the NHL bubble after two months that ended in the franchise's first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 2000. They now relish the opportunity for better starts and finishes. “There’s just an air in the locker room...