Avalanche’s Nathan McKinnon exits for the Flyers with an upper body injury

The team announced that Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan McKinnon is out of Monday’s game against the Flyers with an upper body injury. Here’s what you need to know: McKinnon left the Colorado bench and went into the dressing midway through the first half. He showed signs of discomfort on the seat and appeared to be grabbing his side or ribs. The team officially ruled him out with an upper-body injury before the start of the third period. The two-time All-Star went into Monday’s game with 33 points this season. What…

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NHL panic meter: Which contenders are in trouble? Who might surge?

The calendar has flipped to December, Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror and nearly every NHL team has passed the quarter mark of their season. Lots of hockey is left to be played, but the “it’s early, don’t worry” plea is becoming less and less of a valid reassurance for underperforming clubs. Many teams are in that situation, falling short of expectations. Forget just playoff contenders, there are organizations with legitimate Stanley Cup aspirations who are on the outside looking in right now. Coaches are on the hot seat, fan…

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Los Angeles Kings Cal Petersen on waivers – how did it get this bad, and what’s next?

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The fact that the Kings had a major problem with Cal Petersen and his unreliable grid didn’t just materialize Tuesday night, when Petersen came in relief and failed to save them from an obnoxious display in a 9-8 home loss in Seattle. Those seeds were sown in the preseason, when Petersen wasn’t particularly strong against Anaheim and Vegas after an injury caused him to miss part of training camp. And those seeds turned into uncontrollable weeds when the regular season games began. The Kings—who were wildly…

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Trades, NHL early-season surprises, what to make of the Hurricanes: Duhatschek notebook

Trades! Two of them in the week before American Thanksgiving, both intriguing in more than just an afterthought sort of way.  But let’s begin with the fact that officially the NHL’s first quarter will come to an end with the 12th game on Friday’s 14-game schedule. The NHL took Thursday off to celebrate Thanksgiving, an important early-season yardstick because, traditionally, NHL standings don’t move much once you get past turkey day.  Dating back to the first season coming out of the lockout, 2005-06, if you’re in the playoff picture at…

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Börje Salming showed his strength, on and off the ice, until the end

His voice at the time reduced to a raspy whisper, so low listeners had to lean in to hear him, Börje Salming instead opted for hand gestures to make his points. He was going to be the namesake of this foundation, one being started in the hopes of making a difference for many years to come, so he was going to have his say by any means necessary. There he was sitting in a board room, turning his thumbs up or down to ideas pitched. “There’s a sadness around it,…

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NHL 2022-23 Stanley Cup Playoffs Chances and Projected Standings

Welcome to our NHL Predictions and Odds page where you will find each team’s projected point total, probability of making the playoffs, and odds of advancing to each subsequent round, including winning the Stanley Cup. Predictions are based on 50,000 simulations of the rest of the season, which affects each team’s projected strength, current health, and strength in their schedule (which includes opponent strength, venue, and rest). Each team’s projected strength is based on the expected value of the players on its roster based on Game Point Added Assessment (GSVA)…

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Inside Evander Kane’s Bankruptcy: ‘The Vicious Cycle of Loan After Loan’

In 2017, then-San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane owed $140,000 to a gold bettor with the alias “Vinnie,” and $100,000 to a casino, part of the tens of millions of dollars in debt made by Kane, who filed a lawsuit. He filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection early last year, which has accumulated over the course of his career. To make payments, etc., he often borrowed from friends and scores of lenders. Those details surfaced in a lawsuit last week filed by its chief creditor, Centennial Bank, which wants to…

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Is the Connor McDavid vs. Jack Eichel rivalry finally about to become reality?

Rogers Place in Edmonton is the stage for Connor McDavid versus Jack Eichel, as division rivals, when the Golden Knights visit the Oilers on Saturday night. The star centers were drafted No. 1 and No. 2 in 2015, heralded as one of the most talented duos atop the draft in some time. They began their NHL careers eight years ago in opposite conferences, but Vegas’ trade to acquire Eichel last November brought the two competitors closer. They’ve both had plenty of success on an individual level, with McDavid and his…

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LeBrun grumbled: Senators ‘very energetic’ as trade talks open at GMs meeting, updates on Chychrun, Karlsson and more

TORONTO — The general managers of the NHL gathered on Tuesday for their traditional meeting after the Hockey Hall of Fame induction, a four-and-a-half-hour session that was low on the news but provided an opportunity for some managers to plant early seeds in trade talks. “I had 29 friends here who were really trying to help me,” joked GM Senator Pierre Dorion, accounting for the two GMs who didn’t show up (Brian McClellan of D.C. and Jarmo Kekkalainen of the Blue Jackets, the latter of whom had made the trip…

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Hockey Canada paid $1.6 million to the crisis communications company amid a sexual assault scandal, the VP said

Hockey Canada paid Crisis Communications $1.6 million to help guide the beleaguered organization through a PR nightmare, the organization’s vice president Pat McLaughlin said at a parliamentary hearing on Tuesday. McLaughlin and Bob Nicholson, former president and CEO of Hockey Canada, faced questions from federal lawmakers about a scandal that led to the resignation of its CEO, the entire board, and caused significant financial losses. Here’s what you need to know: Hockey Canada is expected to lose up to $24 million in sponsorships as major partners terminate or discontinue partnerships…

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