NHL Draft lottery Phase 2, explained: Every team’s odds to pick Alexis Lafreniere after qualifying elimination

CHAOS! It really did happen.  The NHL held Phase 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft on June 26 when the most bizarre scenario imaginable unfolded, upending this year’s draft process. The worst team in the NHL — by far, the lowly Red Wings — would not get to pick No. 1 overall. How about

Hurricanes’ Andrei Svechnikov scored a hat trick. Sadly, no hats marked the occasion.

If a hat trick is netted but no hats are thrown, does it still count? If you asked Andrei Svechnikov, he’d definitely say yes. The young Russian star’s first career hat trick came at the perfect time, propelling his Hurricanes to a 4-1 win and a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five qualifying-round series against the Rangers.  Svechnikov

Only 2 positive tests since NHL camps opened

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. The National Hockey League released its first COVID-19 test results since training camps opened on July 13 and the numbers were encouraging, as only two players had tested positive. The NHL concluded the first five days of testing from Phase 3 of its

Source: Lightning close facility due to virus

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. The Tampa Bay Lightning have temporarily shut down their training facility after several players and staffers have tested positive for coronavirus, a source confirmed to ESPN. Other players and staffers who have been at the facility are being tested. The Lightning and NHL

The NHL’s coronavirus pause: Camp timeline, hub city buzz and more

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. It has been 95 days since the NHL hit the pause button on the 2019-20 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. As the cancellations and postponements around the world of sports continue, there also have been

NHL, NHLPA reach agreement on playoff format

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have agreed that the qualifying round of the 24-team tournament will be best-of-five series and all four playoff rounds will be best-of-seven series, the NHL announced Thursday. The sides also determined that the tournament will not be

May 24, 1990: Edmonton Oilers win fifth Stanley Cup

After the Edmonton Oilers won their fourth Stanley Cup in five years in 1988, the team shocked the sports world by trading Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings in a five-player deal, ending one of the greatest runs in NHL history. Two years later, the Oilers lifted the Cup for the

Sidney Crosby, Nathan MacKinnon, Mark Scheifele and more: A look at the NHL’s best golfers

With Capital One’s “The Match 2” providing some much needed live sports content for fans around the world, the spotlight will be on two amateur golfers from a very different sport — NFL legends Tom Brady and Peyton Manning — as they play along with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.  Like football,

NHL, NHLPA team up to donate tens of thousands of dollars to teachers

The NHL and NHLPA have teamed up with educational technology company EverFi to donate tens of thousands of dollars to three teachers — and hockey fans — across America. Back in January, the three groups announced the Future Goals Most Valuable Teacher program, which nominated 36 teachers from Canada and the United

NHL discussing 24-team playoff format if sport resumes, per reports

Momentum seems to be building for the NHL to at least have a plan in place to resume its season. The specifics and logistics of when, where and how to do it safely amid the coronavirus pandemic that has put the season on hold since March 12 remain unknown. According