NHL debate: Which team’s hot start to 2021 season isn’t a fluke?

The start of every NHL season is sure to bring surprises. Some teams get off to unexpected hot starts. Teams that were pegged to contend can sometimes stumble out of the gate. Less than 10 games in, we're very much still in the "small sample size" portion of the season.

Friends Dylan Larkin and Zach Werenski fight in Columbus Blue Jackets-Detroit Red Wings game

Dylan Larkin and Zach Werenski are good friends, having been roommates while playing for the University of Michigan. In fact, the Detroit Red Wings' Larkin had left tickets for Werenski's parents when the Columbus Blue Jackets came to town on Monday afternoon. But when emotions flared late in the Blue

How COVID-19 has impacted the 2021 NHL season so far

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. The NHL’s abridged 56-game 2021 season is up and running. But there have been a few COVID-19 related speed bumps along the way, particularly with the Dallas Stars, Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals. Here’s everything you need to know about how the virus

Capitals to be without Alex Ovechkin, three others as his wife questions NHL’s COVID-19 protocols

The NHL's COVID-19 protocols are already causing a stir — and the season is not even two weeks old. A day after the Washington Capitals were fined $100,000 and saw four players — Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Ilya Samsonov — be deemed unavailable to play, coach Peter Laviolette told

2021 NHL season picks: Stanley Cup, division winners and awards

The puck drops on the 2020-21 NHL season this week, a season that will be unique in a great many ways: new divisions, a new playoff format, ads on helmets and much more. But we’re looking way ahead, answering the big questions: Who will win the Stanley Cup? Who are

NHL 2021 season debate: The worst and best offseason moves

The 2021 NHL season is mere days away. While the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage throughout North America, the NHL has implemented a more compact, 56-game schedule with teams allowed to carry a "taxi squad" of players. This group will consist of four to six players who teams can call

Milbury out as NBC hockey analyst after 14 years

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. NHL analyst Mike Milbury is out at NBC after 14 years with the network. The news came on Monday as NBC unveiled its game and studio commentary lineup for the 2021 NHL season, and Milbury was conspicuously absent. “We are grateful to Mike

What you need to know about NHL rule changes for this season

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. The NHL drops the puck on the 2021 season on Jan. 13, and things are going to look different. It’s not just the abridged 56-game season length and temporary divisional realignment. The league also instituted several new rules. There’s one big on-ice change,