Tag: NHL

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 […]

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 […]

The Seattle Kraken becomes the next NHL expansion team. (Image: NBC)

Release the Kraken, Seattle NHL Franchise Reveals Sea-Monster Name

It’s official. The Seattle Kraken will become the 32nd team in the NHL after the expansion franchise announced its deep sea-inspired moniker. The Kraken will join the NHL in the Western Conference in the 2021-22 season. After the Las Vegas Golden Knights joined the Western Conference, the NHL had an […]

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 […]

NHL rinks have been closed since March 12 with a return date still unknown. (Image: Patrick Smith/Getty)

NHL to Delay Next Season Until December to Finish 2020?

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman suggested that the NHL would delay the start of the 2021-22 season to accommodate the conclusion of the 2019-20 season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, no one knows when a viable return date will be possible for the NHL. The start of next season could […]

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals celebrates scoring goal #700 on his career against the New Jersey Devils in Newark, NJ. (Image: Bruce Bennett/Getty)

Alex Ovechkin Second-Youngest to Score 700 Goals, Chasing Gretzky’s 894

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals became the eighth player in NHL history to score 700 goals. Ovechkin, 34, became the second-fastest player in history to achieve the rare feat, trailing only Wayne Gretzky. Now that Ovechkin reached the 700 goal milestone, the next question on everyone’s mind is, “Can […]

Tampa Bay Lightning LW Ondrej Palat jukes Colorado Avs center Nazem Kadri (91) at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. (Image: Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

Tampa Bay Lighting Ignite Another Double-Digit Win Streak

When you’re hot, you’re hot. The Tampa Bay Lightning (40-15-5) won 11 games in a row, which set a franchise record. The Lightning edged out the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 in overtime earlier in the week to keep their win streak alive. The sizzling-hot Lightning are 22-2-1 since December 23, with […]

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 […]

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid during an offensive attack against the San Jose Sharks at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta. (Image: Porter Lambert/Getty)

Edmonton Oilers Injury Update: Connor McDavid (Quad) Out 2-3 Weeks

Connor McDavid, the captain of the Edmonton Oilers and the NHL’s second-best scorer, will miss anywhere from two to three weeks of action with a left quad injury. The injury comes at a crucial time, with several teams fighting for Stanley Cup playoff spots in the Western Conference. At the […]

Edmonton Oilers Goalie Mike Smith (white) fights Calgary Flames goalie Cam Talbot at the Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Image: Derek Leung/Getty)

Battle of Alberta: Talbot and Smith Throw Down in Goalie Fight (VIDEO)

It’s been a while since we saw an old-fashioned hockey line brawl including two goalies fighting. In a heated Battle of Alberta, Cam Talbot (Calgary Flames) and Mike Smith (Edmonton Oilers) were involved in fisticuffs and a classic goalie fight. The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames came into Saturday’s night […]

The mythical Kraken, an underwater sea monster, that terrorized ships for centuries. (Image: Flickr)

NHL Rumors: New Franchise Named the Seattle Kraken?

The latest word on the street is that the folks bringing a new NHL franchise to Seattle will name their team the Seattle Kraken. Hockey fans have mixed feelings, but film director Kevin Smith loves the potential name, and claims he’d become a huge fan and “Krak-head” if Seattle keeps […]