Stanley Cup

While Canadian teams will start the Stanley Cup Playoffs competing against each other, Canadian border issues could become an issue for the NHL in later rounds. (Image: Julian Avram/Icon/Getty)

NHL Wants Answers on Canadian Border, Playoff Implications by June 1

The NHL organized its 2020-2021 season in deference to the COVID-19 pandemic, isolating its Canadian teams in their own division to avoid cross-border travel. But one of those teams will have to compete against its American counterparts during the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the NHL says it needs answers on […]

The long list of Stanley Cup Champions includes the Tampa Bay Lightning, who won the trophy in 2020. (Image: Andy Devlin/NHLI/Getty)Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars 2-0 in Game Six of the NHL Stanley Cup Final to win the best of seven game series 4-2 at Rogers Place on September 28, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

OG’s Complete List of Stanley Cup Champions

When Lord Stanley of Preston donated the Stanley Cup – which he inscribed as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup – he couldn’t have known that he was creating the longest-running professional sports trophy in North America. Yet, the NHL still awards the trophy to this day, with each winner adding […]

The NHL has postponed the next four Montreal Canadiens games after two players on the team entered the COVID-19 protocol. (Image: Jean-Yves Ahern/USA Today Sports)

NHL COVID Issues Spill Into Canada as Montreal Canadiens Postpone Four Games

The Montreal Canadiens became the first Canadian team to postpone games in the NHL this season, as the team has shut down all activities through Sunday. The NHL announced that two Canadiens players are currently in the league’s COVID-19 protocol. Canadiens face hectic schedule after postponements On Monday, the Canadiens […]

The Colorado Avalanche open the season as the favorite to win the 2021 Stanley Cup at all major sportsbooks. (Image: Jason Franson/AP)

Stanley Cup Odds: Colorado, Vegas Biggest Threats to Tampa Bay Title Defense

When the NHL season begins on Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Lightning will look to fight their way back to a second straight title. But the defending champions won’t enter the season as the favorites to retain the trophy, according to the preseason Stanley Cup odds. Instead, the Colorado Avalanche will […]

The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final to win the franchise’s first title since 2004. (Image: Bruce Bennett/Getty)

Tampa Bay Lightning Shut Out Dallas Stars to Win Stanley Cup

The Tampa Bay Lightning finally fulfilled their potential on Monday night, blanking the Dallas Stars 2-0 to win the Stanley Cup in the NHL’s Edmonton bubble. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves to record a shutout, while Brayden Point and Blake Coleman supplied the scoring to finish off the six-game Stanley […]

The New York Islanders are leading 3-0 over the Washington Capitals in the first round of the NHL Playoffs, and are one game away from the upset. (Image: Getty)

Canucks, Islanders Eye First-Round NHL Playoff Upsets

Of the eight, first-round NHL Playoff series matchups, six are going pretty much as expected, but two teams are looking at big upsets. The Vancouver Canucks and New York Islanders came in as heavy underdogs, but after three games of the best-of-seven format, are looking at closing out the favorites. […]

Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith plays on against the Chicago Blackhawks despite temporarily losing his mask. (Image: Getty)

NHL Play-in Series Odds: Pittsburgh, Edmonton Favorites to Advance

The National Hockey League returns to action in two secure zones in Canada after a four-month layoff with 24 teams qualifying for the postseason. DraftKings updated the NHL play-in series odds, and the #5 Pittsburgh Penguins are the biggest favorite at -245 to defeat the #12 Montreal Canadians in the […]

The NHL tested more than 4,000 players last week for COVID-19, and none of the tests came back positive. (Image: Getty)

NHL Shuts Out COVID-19; Testing Working Before Playoffs

The NHL announced Monday that it administered 4,256 COVID-19 tests to 800 players and personnel in the second week of training camp, and had no positive results. The league had two positive test results in the first week of training camp. Twenty-four teams are in the NHL Bubble in either […]

Colorado Avs Matt Calvert (11) scores against the Vegas Golden Knights during a preseason game in Las Vegas in 2019. (Image: Ethan Miller/Getty)

NHL Playoffs: Colorado Avs, Vegas Golden Knights Favorites Out West

Rocky Mountain High or Sin City? The Vegas Golden Knights are the favorites to win the NHL Western Conference at 13/5 odds, according to a recent update by the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas. The Colorado Avalanche aren’t far behind, with 7/2 odds to win the west, while the defending […]

Scotia Bank Arena in Toronto, Ontario will be one of the two cities to host the NHL restart. (Image: Sportsnet)

Secure Zone Canada: Toronto and Edmonton Named NHL Playoff Bubble Cities

Welcome to the Canadian bubble. The NHL finally selected Edmonton and Toronto as the two hub cities, aka the “Secure Zone” bubble, that will host the Stanley Cup playoffs and 24-team tournament. Toronto, Ontario will host the Eastern Conference, while the Western Conference will be based in Edmonton, Alberta. In […]

The Rogers Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada could host the NHL playoffs if chosen as a hub city. (Image: Sportsnet)

NHL Playoffs Hub Cities Narrowed Down to 6, Vancouver Has Edge

The NHL will host its 24-team playoff series in two hub cities, with one city hosting the Eastern Conference and the other hosting the Western Conference. The NHL narrowed down its potential list of hub cities from 10 to six — Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto, Las Vegas, Edmonton, and Vancouver. […]

Empty Capitol One Arena, home of the Capitals, in Washington, DC. (Image: Nick Wass/AP)

NHL Sets Date for Playoffs, 2 Hub Cities Pending

The National Hockey League is ready to set forth Phase 3 of its resumption plan in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The NHL announced its highly-anticipated date for the Stanley Cup Playoffs tournament, which will begin on July 30. The league also set tentative dates for training camps, but […]

Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl leads the NHL in scoring this season. (Image: Perry Nelson/USA Today Sports)

Updated Stanley Cup Odds After 24-Team Playoff Announcement

The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning are still favorites to win the 2020 Stanley Cup at 6/1 odds each after a recent update by Fan Duel, which reflected the recent announcement that the NHL will resume play with a 24-team playoff format. If and when the NHL finally gives […]

Proposed NHL playoff format with 24 teams.  (Image: SportsNet)

NHL Approves 24-Team Playoffs, Play-in Series Playoff Odds

The NHL will opt for an expanded, 24-team playoff to determine the winner of the 2020 Stanley Cup champion, if and when professional hockey resumes. In its Return to Play Plan, NHL officials propose that eight teams in each conference meet in the NHL Play-in Series, which will include the […]

Colorado Avalanche Nathan MacKinnon checks St Louis Blues Vince Dunn at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. (Image: Hyoung Chang/Denver Post)

Bruins, Caps, Lightning, Avs, Blues … All Stanley Cup Favorites?

With fewer than 25 games remaining in the NHL regular season, oddsmakers don’t have a clear-cut favorite to win the 2020 Stanley Cup. They’ve narrowed down the NHL championship race to a lead pack of five teams that include the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, Colorado Avalanche, and […]

Washington Capitals teammates, Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, celebrate a recent victory over the NY Islanders. (Image: Bruce Bennett/Getty)

Stanley Cup Odds: Capitals and Blues Co-Favorites at Break

The NHL season is 50 games old, with the All-Star break less than 48 hours away. With the best record in the league, the Washington Capitals (33-11-5) are co-favorites to win the 2020 Stanley Cup at 8/1 odds. The defending champion St. Louis Blues (30-11-8) are also 8/1 odds to […]