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Seattle has go-ahead to file application for NHL expansion

The next step will be to run a season ticket drive, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said at the board of governors meeting.        

Blues ticket-holder becomes emergency backup for goalie Jake Allen

Backup Carter Hutton injured his lower body during the morning skate and AHL call-up Ville Husso could not get to the arena in time for puck drop.        

Flames' Matthew Tkachuk suspended one game for spearing

It's the second time he's been suspended this season.        

Flyers beat Canucks 4-1 for 3rd straight win

Philadelphia Flyers top Vancouver Canucks 4-1 for 3rd straight win since 10-game slide        

Kings beat Senators for 7th straight win

Drew Doughty scores in overtime as Los Angeles Kings beat Ottawa Senators 4-3 for 7th straight win        

Slashing crackdown, infusion of youth boost NHL scoring

Goals are up 12 percent in the NHL through 400-plus games thanks to a crackdown on slashing and an infusion of young skill players        

Bettman says NHL will consider Seattle expansion bid

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league's board of governors has agreed to consider an expansion application from Seattle        

Allen gets shutout, Schenn scores again as Blues beat Stars

Jake Allen made 29 saves, Brayden Schenn continued his red-hot play and the St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars 3-0        

Hunwick leads Penguins to overtime win against Islanders

Matt Hunwick scored 1:29 into overtime, lifting the Pittsburgh Penguins over the New York Islanders 4-3        

Stamkos has 3 points, Lightning beat Avalanche 5-2

Steven Stamkos gets 3 points as Tampa Bay Lightning reach 20 wins with 5-2 victory against Colorado Avalanche        

Dundon signs purchase agreement to buy Carolina Hurricanes

Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon has signed a purchase agreement to buy a majority stake in the Carolina Hurricanes from longtime owner Peter Karmanos        

Devils D Ben Lovejoy pledges brain for concussion research

New Jersey Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy says he will donate his brain to research after he dies so it can be studied for signs of traumatic injury        

James Neal returns to Nashville thriving with Vegas Golden Knights

Neal has 13 goals for the expansion Golden Knights, who play in Nashville for the first time Friday.        

Penguins put D Justin Schultz on injured reserve

The Pittsburgh Penguins have placed defenseman Justin Schultz on injured reserve with a lower-body injury        

NHL wraparound: U.S. hockey program is in prime form

SportsPulse: USA TODAY NHL columnist Kevin Allen discusses what the American roster would look like with NHL players for the Olympics.        

Henrique gets 1st 2 Ducks goals, Miller blanks Sens 3-0

Adam Henrique scored his first two goals for the Ducks in his home debut, and Ryan Miller made 29 saves to post his first shutout for Anaheim in a 3-0 victory over the slumping Ottawa Senators        

Simmonds has goal and assist, Flyers beat Oilers 4-2

Philadelphia Flyers beat Edmonton Oilers 4-2 for 2nd straight victory after losing 10 in a row        

Andersen makes 47 saves, Leafs edge Flames 2-1 in shootout

Frederik Andersen made 47 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped three more shots in a shootout in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames        

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