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Burning Questions Early in the 2016-17 NHL Season

Every NHL preseason, experts pick their favorites to win the Stanley Cup and major awards, and by Halloween, most predictions have been blown out of the water. The excitement of the new campaign is still fresh, with surprises—good and...Show More Summary

Jonathan Bernier Injury: Updates on Ducks Goalie's Upper Body and Return

Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonathan Bernier suffered an upper body injury during Tuesday night's game against the San Jose Sharks, according to Dan Rusanowsky of KFOX 98.5 FM. Continue for updates. Latest on Bernier's Status Tuesday, Oct. 25 Bernier was replaced in net by John Gibson to start the second period. Show More Summary

Stock Watch for Top NHL Rookies Early in 2016-17 Season

Early in the 2016-17 NHL season, a number of promising rookies are already garnering attention. Among them are Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine, the top two selections in the 2016 NHL draft. Matthews and Laine are among several much-hyped rookies off to strong starts to this season. Show More Summary

NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts' Week 3 Poll

The first of many editions of the Bleacher Report power rankings features several teams we didn't expect to have so high, no matter the edition. That's what made the first couple weeks of the NHL's season so enjoyable. Not only wereShow More Summary

Notable NHL Players off to Surprisingly Slow Starts in 2016-17

Though it's early in the 2016-17 NHL season, several players are off to surprisingly slow starts. Among them are such notables as Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. Several factors could explain why these players aren't performing at the levels expected of them. Show More Summary

Dale Weise Suspended for Illegal Check: Latest Details and Reaction

Philadelphia Flyers winger Dale Weise has been suspended three games by the NHL for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer during the team's 3-2 loss on Thursday night. According to the Flyers, Weise...Show More Summary

Backup NHL Goaltenders Most Likely to Become Starters in 2016-17

NHL teams in the cap era spend most of the goalie dollars on the starter, with backup money in and around $1 million for many clubs. The backups are expected to start fewer games—15 to 30 in a normal year—and fill in adequately for injury problems or slumps. Hockey clubs are always morphing and that includes depth charts at each position. Show More Summary

It's Time for the NHL to Create Its Own Public Salary Website

In one effortless stroke, the NHL could achieve multiple objectives. With a single decision, the league could please its fans, ensure accuracy in reporting on the game and team decisions—all while solidifying its ability to bypass traditional...Show More Summary

NHL Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Ondrej Pavelec, Cam Fowler and Jacob Trouba

The NHL is wrapping up its first week of the 2016-17 season, and trade rumors are still swirling around some familiar names, while new ones are also joining the conversation. Here is the latest on the league's most prevalent rumors. Ondrej Pavelec The Los Angeles Kings are facing time without their stalwart No. Show More Summary

NHL Teams That Are Facing Brutal Upcoming Schedules

September's World Cup of Hockey has left an impression on the NHL schedule that will be felt right through 2016-17. The season started a week later than usual but will still end by the second week in April. That means every team will...Show More Summary

Ranking the Biggest Surprises at the Start of the 2016-17 NHL Season

Vladimir Tarasenko had four goals in his first three games for the St. Louis Blues. That's not really a surprise. Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators is off to a great start offensively, with seven points. No surprise. Same for theShow More Summary

NHL Rookies Cementing a Roster Spot Early in 2016-17 Season

There are over 60 players—about two per team—classified as rookies so far this season in the NHL. Not all rookies are created equal— Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs may lead the Calder Trophy race from wire to wire—but each...Show More Summary

Knee-Jerk Reactions to the Start of Every NHL Team's 2016-17 Season

The first week of regular-season NHL action is coming to a close, and teams have taken their first steps toward what they hope will be productive and ultimately profitable campaigns that end in the playoffs. With two or three games completed for each of the 30 franchises, we take a look at what has been accomplished so far. Show More Summary

Wayne Gretzky Calls Connor McDavid Greatest 19-Year-Old Player He's Ever Seen

NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky praised Edmonton Oilers second-year star Connor McDavid during an interview with the Canadian Press (via Sportsnet) on Monday, suggesting the youngster is further along in his development than some ofShow More Summary

Pending NHL Free Agents Most Likely to Be Traded During the 2016-17 Season

Though the NHL's 2017 free-agent market doesn't begin until July 1, several players eligible for unrestricted free agency could become subjects of trade speculation this season. St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and TampaShow More Summary

The Hottest NHL Trade Speculation Early in the 2016-17 NHL Season

The 2016-17 NHL season is finally underway. The start of the new campaign also brings a fresh helping of trade speculation. Cam Fowler of the Anaheim Ducks and Jacob Trouba of the Winnipeg Jets were fixtures in the offseason rumor mill. Show More Summary

Patrice Bergeron Injury: Updates on Bruins Center's Lower Body and Return

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will remain out of the team's lineup for Saturday's clash with the Toronto Maple Leafs as he recovers from a lower-body injury. Continue for updates. Latest on Bergeron's Playing Status Saturday, Oct. Show More Summary

Connor McDavid Became 1st Oiler to Begin Season with Back-to-Back 3-Point Games

Fact: Connor McDavid became the first player in Edmonton Oilers history to begin a season with back-to-back three-point games. Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and engaging Cold Hard Fact of the day, presented by Coors Light. Source: NHL Network Read more NHL news on

Ranking the NHL's Best Rivalries in the 2016-17 Season

Every NHL team's fanbase has an opponent they love to hate, and many of the best rivalries go back decades. If one or both teams are in a down period and unproductive, the rivalry goes dormant and waits for another uprising. The best...Show More Summary

Evander Kane Injury: Updates on Sabres Star's Status and Return

Buffalo Sabres left winger Evander Kane left Thursday night's season-opening game against the Montreal Canadiens late in the second period after falling hard into the boards. Continue for updates. Latest on Kane's Status Thursday, Oct. Show More Summary

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