Category: Stanley Cup playoffs

Rangers Target Smart Play with Aggression in Laviolette’s System

As Peter Laviolette takes the helm at the Rangers, a new era begins, one that prioritizes physicality and tenacity right from the get-go. The longstanding concern about the team’s toughness is being challenged, as Laviolette introduces a revamped system that promises to redefine their approach, from Game 1 to the postseason.

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Chris Kreider, speaking to The Post, highlights the shift towards a smarter, more strategic physical game. It’s not about reckless hits but rather about taking away time and space, forcing turnovers, and maintaining defensive integrity.

The Islanders, who dominated the Rangers in previous seasons, played a pivotal role in inspiring the Blueshirts’ aggressive acquisition of hard-nosed players. While some have moved on, Laviolette believes that every player can embrace a competitive edge, regardless of size or strength.

Laviolette’s coaching philosophy centers on fostering competitiveness in practice, setting up scenarios that encourage relentless effort and the formation of competitive habits.

Kreider notes that Laviolette’s system itself encourages physicality, especially in the forecheck, creating opportunities for players to assert themselves physically and win battles. As the Rangers embark on this new journey, a commitment to grit and physicality appears to be the key to their success.

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Savoie Rescued on Stretcher from Ice During Blackhawks Game

Savoie Rescued on Stretcher from Ice During Blackhawks Game

Samuel Savoie’s night took a concerning turn during a preseason match between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on Saturday.

The incident occurred when Savoie, a forward for the Chicago Blackhawks, went into the boards in an awkward manner. He was chasing down a loose puck, accompanied by Wild defenseman Alex Goligoski. While Goligoski halted his movement, Savoie slid legs-first into the boards, leaving spectators anxious. This unfortunate event unfolded with only 2 minutes and 24 seconds remaining in the second period. On the ice, Savoie clutched his right leg, signaling distress.

At the moment of the incident, the Wild were holding a 2-1 lead in the game.

Despite the alarming scene, there was a moment of relief as Savoie was carefully carried off the ice on a stretcher. As he departed, he managed to give a reassuring thumbs-up gesture, receiving fist bumps from both Wild and Blackhawks players, highlighting the camaraderie and sportsmanship in the NHL.

This game marked Savoie’s first appearance of the preseason, and his time on the ice totaled 9 minutes. The 19-year-old forward, who was chosen by the Chicago Blackhawks in the third round (No. 81) of the 2022 NHL Draft, boasts an impressive track record, having accumulated 59 points (26 goals and 33 assists) in 60 games during the previous season while playing for Gatineau in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.


NHL Playoffs Stars Surge Late, Forcing Game 6 vs. Golden Knights

NHL Playoffs: Stars Surge Late, Forcing Game 6 vs. Golden Knights

The Stars will have momentum in hand — and their captain back — for a third-straight do-or-die game as the series shifts back to Dallas.

The Florida Panthers are enjoying their well-deserved rest while eagerly anticipating their opponent in the 2023 Stanley Cup Final. Meanwhile, Matthew Tkachuk had a jovial encounter with Shaquille O’Neal and his friends, creating a lighthearted moment. In contrast, the Dallas Stars fought valiantly to keep their season alive, defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 in Game 5, extending the series.

As the battleground relocates to Dallas, the Golden Knights’ once-commanding series lead has now narrowed to 3-2

The Golden Knights managed to secure leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but the Stars displayed remarkable resilience throughout the game. Ty Dellandrea emerged as the hero with two swift goals in the third period, marking his first-ever multi-point game in either regular season or playoff matches. This impressive performance by Dallas underscored their depth and unwavering determination.

During the initial two periods, Vegas (represented by goals from Ivan Barbashev and Chandler Stephenson) and Dallas (with contributions from Luke Glendening and Jason Robertson) traded goals, resulting in a 2-2 tie as the second intermission approached. The deadlock persisted until well past the midway point of the final period when Dellandrea shattered the stalemate. In a mere 90 seconds, he not only broke the tie but also secured an insurance goal, ultimately ensuring a 4-2 victory for the Stars.

Jake Oettinger played a pivotal role in the victory, making 27 saves out of 29 shots, while Adin Hill, in the opposing net, faced 34 shots and allowed four goals, leading to the loss for Vegas.

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Stars’ depth delivers in Game 5; Dallas survives without Benn

On paper, Jamie Benn’s two-game suspension should have given the Vegas Golden Knights an even greater advantage in terms of depth, especially considering the absence of Evgenii Dadonov due to injury.

One could make a strong case for this being true in Game 4, as the Dallas Stars relied heavily on Jason Robertson (who scored two goals) and Joe Pavelski (who netted the overtime game-winner on the power play) for their offensive output. While Robertson deserves significant praise, it was the Stars’ depth that ultimately made the decisive impact in Game 5.

In the opening period of Game 5, Luke Glendening showcased his own version of Joe Pavelski’s skills with a skillful deflection that swiftly leveled the score at 1-1. Glendening continued to generate numerous scoring opportunities throughout the game, leaving one to ponder why he might have been a healthy scratch as the series heads back to Dallas on Monday.

During the third period of Game 5, Ty Dellandrea achieved a remarkable feat by scoring two goals in just a minute and a half, surpassing his total playoff goal count of one in his preceding 13 postseason matches. It’s worth noting that the 22-year-old player had struggled to find the back of the net during the regular season as well, managing only nine goals across a full 82-game schedule.

Mounting a Remarkable Comeback: The Golden Knights’ Collective Effort

Achieving a significant resurgence in sports often transcends the stellar performance of a team’s star players. The latest triumph by the Golden Knights serves as a prime example of this principle, where the contributions of their less-heralded members played a pivotal role.

While it’s undeniable that Adin Hill deserves a substantial share of the credit for the Golden Knights’ remarkable journey, it’s important to recognize that the team has exhibited a knack for making themselves ‘goalie-proof.’ Their ability to clinch the Western Conference championship amid the turbulence in their netminder position is a testament to this resilience. Transitioning seamlessly from one not-even-first-choice goalie, Laurent Brossoit, to another journeyman in Adin Hill only further underscores their proficiency in this area.

However, amidst their formidable team efforts, Adin Hill emerges as a standout contributor in this triumphant run. Game 4 of the series witnessed Hill delivering some of the most spectacular saves in his NHL career, firmly establishing his importance.

One notable moment came during the first period, when Hill executed a sensational save on Roope Hintz. It was a highlight-reel moment that showcased Hill’s remarkable agility and skill, providing a glimpse into the extraordinary talent that helped propel the Golden Knights to their current success.”

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“Both the remarkable save earlier and this crucial third-period stop against Joel Kiviranta showcased some exceptional glove work. Meanwhile, in the opposing goal, Jake Oettinger deserves significant praise for his impressive recovery from challenging moments in this series and previous encounters with the Kraken. Although Hill has faced more shots, both goaltenders made numerous difficult saves during Game 5.

Adin Hill, a pending unrestricted free agent, boasts an intriguing yet relatively untested resume in the NHL. With a commendable .910 save percentage across 101 regular-season games, he has certainly proven his goaltending prowess. However, his track record has primarily cast him as a backup, with a career-high of 27 games played in a single season. As the offseason approaches, the hockey world eagerly anticipates the path that Adin Hill’s career will take. Perhaps his agent should consider showcasing Hill’s remarkable playoff highlights, including his growing list of postseason accomplishments, during contract negotiations.

Heading into the 2023 Western Conference Final, all eyes were on Jason Robertson, who had been under scrutiny for his perceived lack of production. Although he had entered the series with only two goals, it’s essential to note that Robertson had been instrumental in setting up goals for his teammates. Nevertheless, some argued that Robertson had yet to regain the form that led him to amass an impressive 109 points during the regular season.

In the fast-paced world of the modern NHL, top-notch snipers often oscillate between periods of abundance and scarcity when it comes to scoring. In the case of Jason Robertson, it’s safe to say he’s enjoying a scoring spree against the formidable Vegas opponents.

During Game 4 of the series, Robertson lit up the scoreboard with two goals and relentlessly tested the opposing goalie with a remarkable 11 shots on goal. His top line continued to dominate in Game 5, with Robertson netting his seventh playoff goal (and his fifth of the series) on one of those characteristic “create your own opportunities” type of plays. Robertson’s resurgence in the playoffs demonstrates his ability to adapt and excel under pressure, reminding everyone why he’s considered one of the league’s brightest young stars.

If we solely assess players based on their point production, you may find it hard to accept the notion that Jack Eichel belongs among the elite in this series. However, Eichel’s presence on the ice has arguably been the most influential factor throughout the Western Conference Finals. Game after game, Eichel has exhibited his prowess in transitioning the play and controlling the puck with exceptional skill. A sigh of relief swept through the arena when Eichel managed to secure an assist for the opening goal, a feat he accomplished by effectively diverting the attention of both Miro Heiskanen and Wyatt Johnston, thus creating the opportunity for Ivan Barbashev to capitalize.

Ryan Suter’s performance has faced scrutiny due to a questionable decision that inadvertently paved the way for Barbashev’s success.

While Jack Eichel has been consistently contributing with assists over a four-game streak, his goal-scoring efforts have been stifled. Part of this can be attributed to the outstanding goaltending skills of Oettinger, who has made remarkable saves against Eichel in breakaway and rush situations. Additionally, some of Eichel’s misfortune can be chalked up to bad luck, as demonstrated by Max Domi’s last-second denial of a puck destined for the Stars’ net.

In the high-stakes world of NHL playoffs, team play and depth are often paramount. However, the Golden Knights might find themselves envious of the favorable bounces that Robertson and the Stars seem to be receiving, while Eichel appears to be on the receiving end of less luck.

Has the balance of even-strength play shifted from Vegas to Dallas? In the initial games of the series, the Golden Knights appeared to hold the upper hand when it came to 5-on-5 play. Even Game 3, which went awry for Dallas as they chased the lead for most of the match, seemed to favor Vegas. However, since Game 4, the momentum has swung, and the run of play has either been even or decidedly in Dallas’ favor.

In Game 4, although the Golden Knights managed to score two even-strength goals compared to the Stars’ one, Dallas had a 15-10 advantage in high-danger scoring opportunities. This pattern repeated in Game 5, with the Stars again holding a 15-10 edge in this critical area.

In earlier parts of the series, the lack of penalty calls would have been viewed as a significant advantage for Vegas. However, in Game 5, they were unable to capitalize on their sole power-play opportunity.

As Dallas continues to assert their dominance during even-strength play, questions arise about whether the Golden Knights should be concerned about this Dallas resurgence.


Dubois Acquisition Strengthens Forward Group Kings Season Preview

Dubois Acquisition Strengthens Forward Group: Kings Season Preview

Signed 8-year contract after trade from Jets; Talbot addition provides depth at goalie

The 2023- 24 NHL season startsOct. 10. With training camps afoot, is taking a look at the three keys, the inside scoop on canon questions, and the projected lineup for each of the 32 brigades. moment, the Los Angeles lords.

Coach Todd McLellan( fifth season)

Last season47-25-10; third place in Pacific Division, lost to Edmonton Oilers in Western Conference First Round


Center Pierre- Luc Dubois strengthens Los Angeles down the middle after being traded from the Winnipeg spurts on June 27 and subscribing an eight- time contract the same day. The 25- time-old set an NHL career high with 63 points( 27 pretensions, 36 assists) in 73 games and had four points( two pretensions, two assists) in five Stanley Cup Playoff games last season. Opponents now have to deal with Anze Kopitar, Phillip Danault and Dubois on both ends of the ice.

Byfield: Can Quinton Byfield break out offensively? TheNo. 2 pick of the 2020 NHL Draft is now 21 and has 99 games of NHL experience. He played well by some measures last season, but he’d only 22 points( three pretensions, 19 assists) in 53 games. Playing the left sect on the top line with Kopitar and forward Adrian Kempe, he should have the occasion to produce much more, and Los Angeles needs him to.

Goaltending: The lords controlled52.3 percent of the 5- on- 5 shot attempts last season, tied for sixth in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers, but their 5- on- 5 save chance was.907, tied for 22nd with the Seattle Kraken, Ottawa Legislators and Chicago Blackhawks. Pheonix Copley returns after going 24-6-3 with a2.64 pretensions- against average,.903 save chance and one shutout in 37 games( 35 thresholds) last season. Cam Talbot inked a one- time contract July 1 after going 17-14-2 with a2.93 pretensions- against average,.898 save chance and one shutout in 36 games( 32 thresholds) with the Ottawa Legislators.


Making the cut

The biggest canon battles in training camp are for the third- brace defense spots. On the right side, it’s Jordan Spencevs. Brandt Clarke. Clarke didn’t travel to Australia for the 2023 NHL Global Series– Melbourne, due to a shoulder injury, but was groaning back in Los Angeles and should be ready to contend as camp goes on. On the left side, it’s Tobias Bjornfotvs. Andreas Englund.

utmost interesting addition

Dubois was named by the Columbus Blue Jackets with theNo. 3 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft. But beforehand in his fourth season with them, he was traded to the spurts, and now he has been traded to the lords. By subscribing an eight- time contract in Los Angeles, it appears Dubois has set up a home while hitting the florescence of his career. He has a chance to be a dominant player for a contending platoon.

Biggest implicit surprise

Arthur Kaliyev has risen from a fourth- line part to a top- nine part, and he’s starting out in camp on the left sect with Dubois and forward Kevin Fiala. He set an NHL career high with 28 points( 13 pretensions, 15 assists) last season indeed though he played only 56 games. He’d 27 points( 14 pretensions, 13 assists) in 80 games the time before. Can the 22- time-old seize this occasion to make a vault forward offensively?

Ready to contribute

Spence has nine points( two pretensions, seven assists) in 30 NHL games over the once two seasons, but he has put up big figures with Ontario of the American Hockey League. He’d 42 points( four pretensions, 38 assists) in 46 games in 2021- 22, and 45 points( four pretensions, 41 assists) in 56 games last season.

Fantasy slumberer

Talbot, G( fantasy average draft position172.0)– He ranked ninth among NHL goalies in triumphs over the 2020- 21 and 2021- 22 seasons with the Minnesota Wild( 51). Talbot was 17-14-2 with an.898 save chance for the Ottawa Legislators last season, but now has revitalized implicit and should be viewed as a deep slumberer after joining the lords, who allowed the fourth- smallest shots on thing per game(27.9) in the NHL last season– Anna Dua


Quinton Byfield — Anze Kopitar — Adrian Kempe

Trevor Moore — Phillip Danault — Viktor Arvidsson

Kevin Fiala — Pierre-Luc Dubois — Arthur Kaliyev

Carl Grundstrom — Blake Lizotte — Trevor Lewis

Mikey Anderson — Drew Doughty

Vladislav Gavrikov — Matt Roy

Andreas Englund — Jordan Spence

Pheonix Copley

Cam Talbot

West Lorne's Unforgettable Moment: Kraft Hockeyville 2023

West Lorne’s Unforgettable Moment: Kraft Hockeyville 2023

Rural Ontario community feels strong impact from hosting game between Sabres, Maple Leafs

ST. THOMAS, Ontario — West Lorne needed Kraft Hockeyville.

This pastoral community with a population of 1,300 isn’t unlike the hundreds that annually bid for$ 250,000 in arena upgrades,$ 10,000 in outfit from the NHLPA pretensions and Dreams Fund and to host an NHL preseason game.

Every finalist, every winner, has a unique and compelling story. West Lorne used theirs as a chip on their shoulder and pulled in the megacity of Elgin County to take their stylish shot.

” We are overlooked so frequently,” said Maryjo Tait, one of numerous community levies.” Three communities use our arena and occasionally we operate like we are separate, but we are really not. We are each together and this was the thing that kind of brought us all together. It has shown us that it’s the first step that we can keep working together as one for all our residers.”

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That group led by Tait and Jessica Small were tenacious enough to win Hockeyville after entering the contest six days before deadline. The hours were long, and sleep ran suddenly. The price left them breathless the Toronto Maple Leafs defeating the Buffalo Sabres 5- 2 in front of a vended- out Joe Thornton Community Centre, the Hockeyville 2023 jewel and the conventional elf drop between Maple Leafs captain John Tavares and Sabres forward Dylan Cozens.

” You really can not( put it into words),” Small said.” It’s whim-whams racking, but it’s an inconceivable feeling. It’s everything we worked so hard for over the last couple of months. I know we have had so important support behind us the whole time. It was really an inconceivable moment.”

About 40 twinkles northeast ofSt. Thomas is West Lorne Arena, a 55- time-old structure given the root of youth when the prize plutocrat helped patch the installations. Hockeyville rejuvenated the spirits in West Lorne and girding areas following times of rink closures and recovery from the COVID- 19 epidemic. The brand will attract new registrants to a minor hockey program formerly erecting off record- setting figures and bring families to businesses on Main Street.

Yes, West Lorne demanded this. Ask Tim Horvat, the father of New York Islanders center Bo Horvat and youngish family Cal Horvat, formerly a forward forSt. Thomas of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. Tim remains pious to his roots, the people and their passion. His family supports the nonprofit Gooday Lets Play helping original kiddies share in systematized minor hockey associations and innovated in memory of John Horvat, Bo’s forefather who failed from colon cancer in 2010.

” It shows how important love there’s in the community and for hockey itself,” Timsaid.However, you want to make sure there is a installation for hockey and the kiddies can play,” If you are moving to the community. That is what it’s each about for us, to see our community pull together to help the arena, to keep it going. Let’s hope it continues.”

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A large gathering of kiddies and grown-ups were outside the structure well before the Maple Leafs arrived at 820a.m. for the red- carpet form, filling it for the morning skates and watching Tavares get a plus- 1 standing and two shots on thing in his preseason debut, five times after the Mississauga native played his first game for Toronto 40 twinkles north at Hockeyville 2018 in Lucan.

Community on the ice was indefectible when Conor Timmins impeccably timed his stretch pass to Max Domi coming out of the penalty box that led to a breakaway and the forward’s first thing since subscribing a one- time contract with Toronto on July 2.

The connection put the Maple Leafs ahead 3- 1 at 1406 of the alternate period. The game brought Domi, 28, back to inferior hockey when he won the 2012 Ontario Hockey League crown with the London Knights.

” I suppose the whole day was just stupendous,” Domi said.” You saw how happy everyone was to see all the boys. The whole city was out for our morning grind, the city that loves hockey so much as these guys do then. They earn stuff like this. ”

Indeed in defeat and the Sabres getting outshot 41- 15 before a prejudiced Maple Leafs crowd, Buffalo defenseman Henri Jokiharju said he’d fun,” especially for a preseason game. I like the atmosphere in the barn.”

Tim and Cindy Horvat tutored Bo one of his biggest assignments while he grew up in small- city barns do not forget where you come from, indeed if you have to write it on your stick.

Bo hasn’t forgotten. The Maple Leafs, Sabres, the Stanley Cup and the NHL are out of city, but Hockeyville is West Lorne, taking endless hearthstone in a place formerly overlooked.

” This is our generational heritage,” Tait said.” You look at these kiddies running history( us), they are going to flash back this ever. There is not going to be anyone in our community that is not going to suppose of it and that is what we will always flash back — six days and everybody’s lives changed.”

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Maple Leafs Triumph Over Sabres in Kraft Hockeyville Preseason

Maple Leafs Triumph Over Sabres in Kraft Hockeyville Preseason

Slafkovsky scores for Canadiens; Hurricanes’ Brind’Amour coaches against son

Max Domi scored his first preseason thing for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 5- 2 palm against the Buffalo Sabres at Kraft Hockeyville 2023 at Joe Thornton Community Centre inSt. Thomas, Ontario, on Tuesday.

The forward inked a one- time contract with the Maple Leafs on July 2. He played for London of the Ontario Hockey League, about two hours fromSt. Thomas, from 2011- 2015.

Conor Timmins had two pretensions and two assists, and Martin Jones made 13 saves for Toronto.

Jeremy Davies and Henri Jokiharju scored for Buffalo. Ukko- Pekka Luukkonen made 25 saves over two ages before Michael Houser stopped 11 of 13 shots in the third.

Timmins gave the Maple Leafs a 1- 0 lead at 741 of the first period, but Davies tied it 1- 1 at 1238.

Toronto responded with two pretensions in 128 during the alternate period. Sam Lafferty scored short- handed for a 2- 1 lead at 1238, and Domi made it 3- 1 on a breakaway at 1406.

Jokiharju cut it to 3- 2 at 1642, but Kyle Clifford extended the lead to 4- 2 at 218 of the third.

Timmins scored on the power play at 1924 for the 5- 2 final.

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Canadiens 4, Legislators 3 Juraj Slafkovsky scored for the Montreal Canadiens, who spoiled Joonas Korpisalo’s debut with the Ottawa Legislators at Bell Centre in Montreal.

Slafkovsky, theNo. 1 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, gave the Canadiens a 2- 0 lead at 1344 of the first period. He missed the final three months of last season with a lower- body injury.

Cole Caufield had a thing and an help, and Nick Suzuki had two assists for Montreal. Jake Allen allowed two pretensions on 12 shots before being replaced interior through the game by Cayden Primeau, who made 17 saves.

Korpisalo, who inked a five- time,$ 20 million contract($ 4 million average periodic value) with Ottawa on July 1, played the entire game and allowed four pretensions on 21 shots. Mathieu Joseph scored doubly and was plus- 2.

Brandon Gignac gave the Canadiens a 1- 0 lead at 627 of the first before Slafkovsky made it 2- 0 from close range.

The Legislators scored three unanswered pretensions to take the lead in the alternate period. Dominik Kubalik cut it to 2- 1 with a power- play thing at 245 before Joseph scored doubly( 712, 1453) to make it 3- 2.

Sean Monahan tied it 3- 3 at 536 of the third period on a answer of a shot from Caufield, who also scored on the power play at 1141 for the 4- 3 final.

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Hurricanes 4, cougars 1 The Carolina Hurricanes scored three successive pretensions beforehand in the third period to help trainer Rod Brind’Amour to a palm against his son, Skyler, and the Florida cougars at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Skyler, a 24- time-old forward, played his first NHL preseason game after helping Quinnipiac University win the NCAA Division I crown last season. He took the opening face- off and finished with one shot on thing and two penalty twinkles in 1322 of ice time.

“ Obviously it was really cool, ” Skyler told the cougars website. “ A dream come true to play in this structure. ”

Michael Bunting had a thing and an help in his Hurricanes debut, and Jesperi Kotkaniemi had two assists. Antti Raanta made eight saves on nine shots before being replaced interior through the alternate period by Yaniv Perets, who also played for Quinnipiac last season. Perets made six saves.

Gerry Mayhew scored, and Spencer Knight made 27 saves for the cougars.

Mayhew’s power- play thing put Florida ahead 1- 0 at 1301 of the first period.

Stefan Noesen tied it 1- 1 on the power play at 107 of the third, and Ryan Suzuki made it 2- 1 at 343 with a shot inside the right post from a sharp angle.

Brady Skjei made it 3- 1 at 416 off a pass from Bunting on the rush. It was Carolina’s third thing in 309.

Bunting scored into an empty net at 1821 for the 4- 1 final.

Islanders 2, pamphlets 1 Ilya Sorokin stopped nine shots in the first period and all 12 shots faced in his preseason debut for the New York Islanders in their palm against the Philadelphia pamphlets at UBS Arena in Elmont, New York.

Sorokin, a finalist for the Vezina jewel last season, was relieved interior through the alternate period by Kenneth Appleby, who made 17 saves. Simon Holmstrom had a thing and an help, and Julien Gauthier also scored for the Islanders.

Ryan Poehling scored for the pamphlets, who have been outscored 8- 1 in two preseason games. Felix Sandstrom stopped five of six shots in the first period, and Samuel Ersson made 12 saves in relief.

Holmstrom gave New York a 1- 0 lead at 1238 of the first off a double deviation in front.

Gauthier, who scored nine pretensions in 57 games between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Legislators last season, made it 2- 0 on the power play at 1400 of the alternate.

Poehling scored Philadelphia’s first thing this preseason during a 6- on- 5 situation at 1738 of the third period for the 2- 1 final.

Lightning 2, Bloodsuckers 1( OT) Tyler Motte scored at 258 of overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning the palm against the Nashville Bloodsuckers at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Motte won it with a power- play thing after Cody Glass was punished for tripping Nick Perbix at 147.

Maxim Groshev also scored, and Matt Tomkins made 30 saves for Tampa Bay.

Tommy Novak scored, and Ryan O’Reilly played 2359 in his debut for Nashville. Juuse Saros allowed one thing on 17 shots before being replaced at the launch of the third period by Kevin Lankinen, who made 10 saves.

Groshev gave Tampa Bay a 1- 0 lead at 1243 of the alternate period with a power- play thing.

Novak tied it 1- 1 on a power play at 416 of the third period.

dears 3, spurts 2( SO) Connor Hellebuyck made 18 saves on 19 shots for the Winnipeg spurts in his first launch of the preseason, a shootout loss to the Calgary dears at Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg.

Dryden Hunt and Connor Zary scored, and Dustin Wolf made 19 saves for the dears. Andrew Mangiapane scored the only thing of the shootout.

Parker Ford had a thing and an help, and Oskari Salminen made 13 saves for the spurts after replacing Hellebuyck interior through the alternate period.

Jansen Harkins gave Winnipeg a 1- 0 lead at 728 of the first period, but Hunt tied it at 1938 with the brigades at 4- on- 4.

Ford made it 2- 1 on the power play at 320 of the third period before Zary tied it at 1256 with a wrist shot from the left hash marks.

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Oilers 2, Canucks 1, (OT): 

Connor McDavid scored 55 seconds into overtime for the Edmonton Oilers in a palm against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

McDavid took a supereminent pass from defenseman Evan Bouchard and scored on a breakaway against goalie Casey DeSmith.

Ryan Nugent- Hopkins scored, and Stuart Skinner made 21 saves for the Oilers.

Quinn Hughes scored, and DeSmith made 27 saves for the Canucks, who were 1- for- 6 on the power play.

Hughes scored during a man- advantage at 1022 of the alternate period to give Vancouver a 1- 0 lead. His shot from the point hit Bouchard in front and diverted past Skinner.

Nugent- Hopkins tied it 1- 1 at 1354 when he took a pass in front from Leon Draisaitl out of the corner and scored between DeSmith’s pads.

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Ducks 4, Sharks 2:

Pavel Mintyukov, theNo. 10 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, scored for the Anaheim Ducks in their palm against the San Jose harpies at Honda Center in Anaheim.

Lukas Dostal made 45 saves, and Brock McGinn, Brett Leason and Chase De Leo scored for Anaheim.

Justin Bailey and Nathan Todd scored, and Georgi Romanov made 22 saves for San Jose.

Bailey gave the harpies a 1- 0 lead at 936 of the first period.

Minyukov tied it 1- 1 at 1719, and De Leo scored 48 seconds latterly at 1807 to put the Ducks ahead 2- 1.

Leason made it 3- 1 at 816 of the alternate period before McGinn scored 23 seconds into the third to extend the lead to 4- 1.

Todd scored at 626 for the 4- 2 final.

lords 4, Golden Knights 3( OT) Akil Thomas had a chapeau trick, and Tyler Madden scored at 430 of overtime for the Los Angeles lords, who rallied past the Vegas Golden Knights at T- Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Madden encamped a wrist shot over Adin Hill from the right circle after Thomas tied it with 201 left in the third period.

Brandt Clarke had two assists, and J- F Berube made 23 saves for the lords.

Jonathan Marchessault had a thing and an help, and Jack Eichel had two assists for the Golden Knights. Hill made 24 saves.

Brendan Brisson gave Vegas a 1- 0 lead at 727 of the first period, and Marchessault scored on the power play to make it 2- 0 at 1549.

Thomas cut it to 2- 1 at 1539 of the alternate period, but Ben Hutton restored Vegas ’ two- thing lead at 1728 to make it 3- 1.

But Thomas scored again at 1142 of the third to cut it to 3- 2, also completed the chapeau trick at 1759 to tie it 3- 3.

Recap: Kings @ Golden Knights 9.27.23


NHL stars will level up in 2023-24 How Terry, Forsberg

NHL stars will level up in 2023-24 How Terry, Forsberg

The dawn of an NHL season offers unequaled pledge. It’s a slate wiped clean for the ultimate fresh launch. Everyone’s on equal footing again, in an sanctioned erasure of whatever happed– good or bad– the previous crusade.

That opening elf drop does not come without months of medication, however, and we are not just talking in the spa. Getting game- day ready goes beyond just the weight a player can handle on the thickset rack– to how they manage the cargo of ineluctable anticipation on their shoulders.

” I suppose the hardest part of pro hockey and being in the NHL is not inescapably the physical part,” Anaheim Ducks forward Troy Terry told ESPN at the NHL’s player stint in Las Vegas this month.” It’s the internal side of effects.”

And how. Terry is one of several top skaters within their associations who’ve lately learned that assignment– among others– the hard way. fastening on the body– how it’s fueled, trained and rested– is( fairly) easy to control. But there is no guarantee it translates into on- ice results.

When there is a dissociate between the two, mistrustfulness naturally creeps in. Pressure ramps up.

Terry felt that in Anaheim last season during what was just his alternate full NHL crusade. Tom Wilson, coming off his 10th season with the Washington centrals, went through a frustrating lift of his own in 2022- 23. stagers and newbies likewise can not escape a down, disappointing, or demoralizing time. But they can all use it as an occasion to snap back– and position over.

That is why, after a too-long summer for too numerous NHLers, the 2023- 24 season can not begin soon enough. When it does, some skaters will be eyeing their own kind of rejuvenescence– whether coming off injury, a disappointing individual performance or by simply trying to prove( to themselves, and everyone differently) why this season will be better than ever.

TERRY COULDN’T UNDERSTAND what happed inmid-December last season.

After scoring 12 pretensions and 28 points in his first 31 games, he hit a wall.


” I went 16 games at that point last time without scoring a thing, which was tough for me,” Terry said.” When I look back at it, I suppose I played well, I was getting points, but for whatever reason during that time I just couldn’t score. And it put my thing totals off for the rest of this time.”

That roadblock was uncharted home for Terry on the heels of his important- lauded rout trouble. The 26- time-old made swells in 2021- 22– his first full NHL season– producing 37 pretensions and 67 points in 75 games, getting the youthful Ducks player in ballot history to record a point band of 15 games or longer, and being suggested to his first NHL All- Star Game appearance.

Those stats not only put Terry on the NHL’s radar in a major way, they earned him a seven- time,$ 49 million contract extension in the offseason that committed some of the stylish days of his playing career to Anaheim.
Terry anticipated not just meeting any newfound prospects associated with the long- term deal, but surpassing them. But on an Anaheim team deep into reconditioning, it was Terry who set up his own foundation shaken despite engraving a solid 23 pretensions and 61 points through 70 games.

” It’s funny, I had analogous point summations( in 2022- 23 as ahead), but my thing( figures) being off was hard,” he said.” But as a player, I suppose I took way, and it’s nice when we’ve a youthful platoon, and I was lucky enough to subscribe a long deal. So, I suppose my focus is just being a good hockey player and being a good teammate this time. That generally helps restate into points.”

Taking a cue from his home base in the eternal summer of Southern California, Terry is determined to maintain a sunny mindset. His newest housemate has been an inestimable source of alleviation in that respect; Terry and his woman
, Dani, ate Greyson James in April, a life- changing experience that put everything– including hockey– into important- demanded perspective.

” Having a sprat and everything that is changed( because of that) in my life, you start to not live or die by how you are doing on the ice,” Terry said.” You realize there is more important effects in your world. Not that hockey isn’t important, but you are further than just a hockey player. And I suppose that is been my intelligence switch, and when you are going through times like that( without scoring), it helps.”

Terry said he is” really agitated” now for the season ahead indeed as the Ducks’ continued transfigure is bound to bring about its own challenges. Like it or not, growing pains come with the sphere for Terry, on the ice and at home. It’s the ultimate life, however, that truly brings Terry the most joy these days, indeed if– like his day job– there are highs and lows through which to wade.

” Fatherhood is harder than I ever allowed
it would be,” Terry admitted.” But I also love that joe further than I allowed
I could love commodity. So, it’s been enough delightful.”

Stager TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING DEFENSEMAN Mikhail Sergachev might appear soft- spoken.

But what he does say hits hard.

” I want to get to the top,” Sergachev said.” I want to be the stylish on our platoon first, and also in the league.”

That is exactly the mic drop intelligence Tampa Bay needs from its burgeoning star. The 25- time-old blueliner was acquired by the Lightning in 2017 to ultimately be where he’s now– cresting their protective depth map as one of the platoon’s highest- paid players thanks to an eight- time,$ 68 million contract remonstrating in this season.

Mikhail Sergachev wants to reach the upper echelon of NHL blueliners. Tony Ding/Icon Sportswire

Sergachev does not take the platoon’s commitment to him smoothly. He produced the stylish season of his career across the board in 2022- 23, tallying 10 pretensions and 64 points in 79 games, comprising a platoon-high 23 twinkles, 49 seconds of ice time per game, and earning a significant part on the Lightning power play.

It was disappointing, also, for Sergachev– and the Lightning at large– to see how they came up short in a first-round playoff loss to Toronto. Tampa Bay’s run of back- to- back Stanley Cup palms, followed by another Cup Final appearance, set a high standard that Sergachev is determined not to let slip. Especially given the profound impact the platoon’s investment in his future has formerly had.

” I appreciate it a lot,” Sergachev said.” When they gave me an eight- time deal, like I do not want to say I did not anticipate it, but I just felt that they trusted me and they believed in me, and it changed my perspective on a lot of effects. It made me believe in myself more.”

What that translates to over the coming many times is on Sergachev to produce. It’s likely no coexistence the new pact coincided with Sergachev’s excellent season. The thing now is to recreate that success collectively, and hope it also rubs off on the rest of his platoon.

” I understand effects better now,” Sergachev said.” I inked a long- term deal. The platoon trusted me on the first power play( last season). So, it’s a lot of responsibility going into this season. Every time, every summer, every training camp that I take, I’ve to concentrate on that( responsibility) and give it everything I have.”
ONE OF THE top rising stars in the league, Jason Robertson has a singular focus with the Dallas Stars this season.

And it’s echoing like a mantra thickness.

” I do not want to just be catching fire and also not really doing a whole lot latterly in the season,” Robertson said.” It’s just staying that same player I can be and having that high anticipation to try to play the stylish I can offensively, but do it constantly and try to maintain the other aspects of the game as well at the same time.”

still, also the Stars are in for a treat, If Roberson’s thing- setting capability is anything like his thing- scoring one. Because their top- line winger is ready to fly indeed advanced.

The 24- time-old was a mammoth on the ice in 2022- 23, producing 46 pretensions and 109 points in 82 games to rank him seventh and sixth, independently, overall in the NHL. For environment, the only skaters who indented more points than Robertson were Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, David Pastrnak, Nikita Kucherov and Nathan MacKinnon.

But the postseason was a different story, as he scored just two pretensions and 10 assists in the opening two rounds( including no pretensions in seven games against the Kraken), before coming alive against Vegas in the conference tests.

Jason Robertson had an incredible regular season but struggled to find the net in the opening two rounds of the playoffs. Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images

Robertson talks about his game as a work in progress, and he is telephoned in on maintaining good habits.

still, the figures will take care of themselves,” he said,” If I am harmonious in what I do and what I play.” That is just what happens. You work hard, you do not get perfunctory, also you know you are going to get openings. You are going to get chances. You play on too good of a platoon not to; too good of a canon not to get those openings. So, it’s over to me to just try to stick to that( mindset), keep working hard and do not get perfunctory.”

The same could be said for the Stars overall. Dallas put together an 108- point season under first time head trainer Pete DeBoer and advanced to the Western Conference tests. The Stars came up suddenly there in a six- game loss to the eventual Cup champion Golden Knights, but the result has done nothing to check Robertson’s enthusiasm for what Dallas can negotiate in the coming season.
” It’s winning it all,” he said.” That is what you want to do. We’ve those prospects. We’ve the players, the trainer that it takes the palm. Everyone has a form to win. We have got a big forward group, great defensemen, an elite goalie. You have all those criteria that were checked off.

” So, we’ve high prospects this time, and we are fortunate enough to where our GM( Jim Nill) has erected this group well. And the youthful guys are going to step up and take control, like me and the youngish guys. So, we are agitated.”

Then is where Robertson will bumble, however. Yes, as a fourth- time pro, there’s a natural progression toward shouldering further locker room duties and being a good illustration. Just do not anticipate Robertson breaking down from who he is been each on. On and off the ice, Robertson’s moves have served him and the Stars well.

The right formula now is just generating further of what works– indeed more frequently.

” All I have got to do is keep working hard, keeping playing the right way and just lead by illustration,” he said.” I like to say I am a leader. I’ve a big responsibility in myself to not put myself ahead of the platoon in any situation, so I suppose I have been doing a good job in that. I am ready to get back at it.”
” It’s winning it all,” he said.” That is what you want to do. We’ve those prospects. We’ve the players, the trainer that it takes the palm. Everyone has a form to win. We have got a big forward group, great defensemen, an elite goalie. You have all those criteria that were checked off.

” So, we’ve high prospects this time, and we are fortunate enough to where our GM( Jim Nill) has erected this group well. And the youthful guys are going to step up and take control, like me and the youngish guys. So, we are agitated.”

Then is where Robertson will bumble, however. Yes, as a fourth- time pro, there’s a natural progression toward shouldering further locker room duties and being a good illustration. Just do not anticipate Robertson breaking down from who he is been each on. On and off the ice, Robertson’s moves have served him and the Stars well.

The right formula now is just generating further of what works– indeed more frequently.

” All I have got to do is keep working hard, keeping playing the right way and just lead by illustration,” he said.” I like to say I am a leader. I’ve a big responsibility in myself to not put myself ahead of the platoon in any situation, so I suppose I have been doing a good job in that. I am ready to get back at it.”

THERE’S WISDOM IN growing aged as a person and a hockey player.

centrals winger Tom Wilson can attest that is the verity.

” You kind of learn to live in the moment,” Wilson said of getting deeper into his career.” You take it game by game. Right now, we’ve a really good group of guys in our room. Age obviously does not really count if everyone’s playing well and doing their thing and winning games. People like to look to the future and plan, but our job as players is to win each game, win every night, and if you do that, the rest will take care of itself.”

immaculately, Wilson would like to contribute further to the winning part this season than he was suitable to lately. The 29- time-old missed the first half of 2022- 23 recovering from offseason ACL surgery. He made it back into the lineup by January and lasted a bare eight games before a blocked shot against Colorado caused a” small, small fracture” in an ankle that was big enough to sideline Wilson throughmid-February.

Still, the winger was a productive player for Washington, producing 13 pretensions and 22 points in 33 games. And GM Brian MacLellan honored Wilson’s value with a massive seven- time,$45.5 million contract extension that starts coming season to carry Wilson through( presumably) the maturity of his remaining NHL seasons.

But those extended absences last season were some of numerous that eventually doomed the injury- agonized centrals to a down season. Washington recorded thefourth-most man games lost amid affections to Wilson, Nicklas Backstrom,T.J. Oshie and John Carlson; it was no surprise by the March trade deadline to see MacLellan trading players down, torpedoing any moping stopgap Washington had of making the playoffs.

Tom Wilson, left, has faith in the team the Capitals will ice this season. AP

Wilson says now he is” feeling good; a lot better” than the former offseason and used an extended summer to get his body back in the game, so to speak.

Next is trying to bring Washington back from the point. The centrals have a new head trainer in Spencer Carbery, a corner machine on a charge in Alex Ovechkin and, with a healthy Carlson, Backstrom and Wilson, some licit sanguinity for the time ahead.

That is what Wilson will cleave too, anyway. Indeed if the 2022- 23 season ended with a thud, there is reason to believe the coming crusade can open with a bang.

” I suppose( my pretensions) all revolve around platoon success,” Wilson said.” We want to get back to where we want to be. We want to have that winning culture and intelligence that we have erected for the last 10- 15 times in Washington. And if I am doing my job, if I am playing well, I suppose it will help the platoon win games, and that is the most important thing.”

And if Wilson has to take over a bigger part– whether on the ice or in the dressing room– he is set to learn on the cover there, too.

” I am enough fortunate to have had so numerous leaders to look to, and now I am in the middle of my career and in the alternate surge( to start standing over),” he said.” But those guys( like Ovechkin and Backstrom) are the stylish and I love having them around and just try and soak it all in when you can.”
FORGET THE stereotyped” comber- coaster lift” analogy.

For the once two times, Nashville Bloodsuckers forward Filip Forsberg has been on a carnivalesque cock-A-Whirl, complete with thrilling highs and stomach- dropping lows.

Let’s recap It was only in 2021- 22 when Forsberg surfaced with a rout season, collecting 42 pretensions and 84 points in 69 games for a Bloodsuckers platoon that defied prospects earning a postseason situation. Forsberg parlayed his success into a mammoth new deal with Nashville, avoiding free agency in the summer of 2022 by agreeing to an eight- time,$ 68 million extension.

The Bloodsuckers– and Forsberg along with them– sounded well deposited to rise indeed further in 2022- 23. Until the bus fell off.

rather of thriving out of the gate, Nashville incontinently fell into a fight just to keep pace in the playoff race. The Bloodsuckers were four points out of a wild- card spot in February when Forsberg– also the platoon’s alternate- leading arranger with 19 pretensions and 42 points in 50 games– suffered a concussion against Philadelphia.

Forsberg noway returned for the Bloodsuckers. The platoon’s intimidating number of injuries– to him, Roman Josi, Ryan Johansen, and others– led to Nashville twisting out of postseason contention from there.

Filip Forsberg’s 2022-23 season was cut short, but he was off to a great start before then. John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images

The fallout came presto and furious. Head trainer Jon Hynes was fired( and ultimately replaced by Andrew Brunette). GM David Poile perfected his withdrawal, with Barry Trotz taking over. And Trotz wasted no time giving Nashville a face- lift, buying out Matt Duchene’s contract, trading Johansen to Colorado and adding stagers similar as RyanO’Reilly, Gustav Nyquist and Luke Schenn in free agency.

It’s been 24 months of whiplash, principally. What Forsberg needs now is some revivification– with a side of stability.

” You kind of have to see it that way,” he said about rebounding this season.” You miss 32 games( in 2022- 23), you feel like you had a tough time. It might not have been as bad as it felt, but at the same time, you do not play for half the season, it’s egregious you are going to have to bounce back and try to find commodity to make off. I am agitated just to get a chance to be out there contending with my teammates again.”

The Bloodsuckers’ locker room looks different than ahead, too. Forsberg is one of a many remaining stagers from Nashville’s lineup in 2021- 22, a clear suggestion of how the association has rotated toward its over- and- moneybags( including Philip Tomasino, Cody Glass and Thomas Novak).

still, he does not show it, If Forsberg is wearied by all thatchange.However, he is trying to flourish from it, and holds faith that he and the Bloodsuckers can make the utmost of what awaits this season, If anything.

” I feel great. I am agitated about( what’s coming),” he said.” I suppose our( retooling) has been done rightly, so to speak. Obviously, you do not want to see any of your musketeers and teammates leave, but at least we have done a good job trying to replace them with other players, and I am agitated to get to know Coach Brunette as well.”


NHL Future Power Rankings Prospect, Cap, and Roster Predictions

NHL Future Power Rankings: Prospect, Cap, and Roster Predictions

In the NHL, there is an emphasis on and preoccupation over the” window to win.”

It’s commodity Kyle Dubas was innately apprehensive of when taking over the Pittsburgh Penguins as chairman and general director.

” I heard a lot of people that were largely skeptical of the platoon’s capability to contend then,” he said.” The way I view it If people want to go against Mike Sullivan, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and others, they can go ahead and do so. But I am going to go on them. I do suppose that it’s a group able of contending to win a crown.”

The Penguins are not the only platoon trying to prop their window open. But what happens when that window slams shut?

That is where the Future Power Rankings come in.

These rankings consider how brigades are set up for success this season as well as the coming three seasons. We had a panel of pens and editors rate each platoon in four orders– canon( with an emphasis on players 26 and beneath); prospects; cap situation and contracts; and frontal office, power and coaching– using this scale

100 A( nobility)

90 A( great)

80 B( veritably good)

70 C( normal)

60 D( veritably bad)

50 F( disastrous)

After comprising the results from the panelists, each of the four orders was ladened to produce the overall score canon( 35), prospects( 25), cap/ contracts( 20) and proprietor/ GM/ trainer( 20). The result is a comprehensive ranking grounded on how well each platoon is deposited for the future, plus perceptivity on every platoon from RyanS. Clark, Kristen Shilton and Greg Wyshynski.


This is where we belong - Flames’ Backlund

This is where we belong – Flames’ Backlund

CALGARY – Stitching the C on Mikael Backlund’s sweater may have been the easiest decision the Calgary dears have ever made.

On Wednesday, the dears ended days of enterprise by subscribing the 34- time-old centre to a two- time contract extension with an average periodic value of$4.5 million and naming him the 21st captain in ballot history. Calgary has not had a captain since Mark Giordano was chosen by the Seattle Kraken in the 2021 expansion draft.

The dears drafted Backlund 24th overall in 2007. The Vasteras, Sweden, native, who had a career-high 56 points last season, including 19 pretensions, could have come an unrestricted free agent in July of 2024 and had suggested at conceivably going that route in April after the platoon missed the playoffs. rather, he returned to Calgary after the summer and felt rejuvenated under a new head trainer in Ryan Huska and new general director in Craig Conroy.

Backlund soaked in the new energy around the Saddledome at training camp, a far happier and healthier place than when he left following the end of the 2022- 23 season. He spoke to suckers while out at the grocery store. And after putting together a pros and cons list on paper, he and his woman
, Frida, decided that Calgary was where they wanted to be.

“ We came over then, saw a lot of people, people were so agitated, hoping we’d stay, ” he said.

“ Getting a lot of appreciation from the suckers, just on the thoroughfares or in the grocery store,( the dears ’) golf event.( We) could really feel the love and appreciation. ”

The once couple of weeks, several players, including Jonathan Huberdeau, Rasmus Andersson and Nikita Zadorov, have said intimately that Backlund was the captain, indeed if he didn’t have the C on his jersey yet.

“ When you talk to these guys there was n’t really a alternate choice( for captain) if tails was then and wanted to stay, ” Conroy said.

“ That was to a man. I suppose everyone felt the same way. ”

As a teammate, players say that Backlund instructors youngish dears, organizes social events, and is n’t hysterical to go to trainers and operation to advocate for a day off or a lighter practice schedule if they need it. Backlund leads by illustration, is constantly among the fittest dears and does redundant work on the ice. Teammates and operation notice.

“ When the captain’s in the spa, guess what? ” Conroy said. “ Everyone differently is in the spa. ”

“ When he’s out doing extra( work) on the ice, they ’re out doing extra( work) on the ice. ”

“ He was one of the first guys that texted me after I got drafted, ” Andersson said.

“ When you ’re at the camps when you ’re youngish, he took care of you and once you made the platoon, he took care of you indeed more. ”

Conroy refocused out that Backlund has not been hysterical to have honest, tough exchanges with fellow dears.

“ He’s having hard exchanges with players, ” the GM said.

“ He’s grueling players. That’s not always easy you ’re musketeers. You do n’t want to have those hard exchanges but I did hear Backs was having them. ‘ We need further from you. ’ He’s not doing it in front of everybody. He was taking them away and saying, ‘ Hey, that’s not goodenough.However, we need further from you, If we ’re going to do well then. ’”

Backlund was having those hard exchanges as lately as Monday evening. Blueliner MacKenzie Weegar was tossed from the preseason game versus the Seattle Kraken that evening. The first person to give him grief? The soon- to- be captain.

“ He was the first joe to come up to me after the game and give me s– t for getting demurred out of the game, ” Weegar said.

“ That’s great leadership there. I demanded that. ”

Backlund’s impact goes well beyond the dears.

He and Frida are masses in the Calgary community, constantly attending colorful charity events and fundraisers. Last season, he won the King Clancy Memorial jewel for leadership and community involvement. As a youngish player, he’d frequently bring leftover food from the Saddledome to a homeless sanctum after games. Now with the C formally sutured on his sweater, Backlund’s community involvement will continue.

His thing on the ice in his new part this forthcoming season is a simple bone

“ I ’ve only got one charge in mind now, ” he said.

“ And it’s to win then in Calgary. It’s to bring the Cup back to Calgary I felt like this is where we belong. ”

The 2023-24 season's crucial dates come to the forefront with the NHL Trade Deadline set for March 8.

The 2023-24 season’s crucial dates come to the forefront with the NHL Trade Deadline set for March 8.

Global Series, Bedard debut with Blackhawks, 4 outdoor games also on tap

The 2023-24 NHL season is marked by significant dates, with the NHL Trade Deadline scheduled for March 8, the commencement of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 20, and a series of outdoor games in October, January, and February, all capturing the spotlight on the league’s calendar.

This season’s trade deadline arrives five days later than the previous one, which saw 21 trades involving 34 players on March 3.

The deadline follows two weeks after the 2024 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, featuring the New Jersey Devils hosting the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 17 (8 p.m. ET) and the New York Islanders hosting the New York Rangers on Feb. 18 (3 p.m. ET). These games mark the 40th and 41st outdoor games in NHL history.

The 38th outdoor game is scheduled for Oct. 29, as the Edmonton Oilers host the Calgary Flames in the 2023 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton (7 p.m. ET).

Following that, the 39th outdoor game will be the 2024 Discover NHL Winter Classic on Jan 1, featuring the Vegas Golden Knights facing off against the Seattle Kraken at T-Mobile Park in Seattle (3 p.m. ET).

Other notable dates include:

  • Training camps opening on Wednesday, Sept. 20.
  • The regular season commencing on Oct. 10, highlighted by the debut of Chicago Blackhawks forward Connor Bedard, the No. 1 pick of the 2023 NHL Draft, facing Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Vegas Golden Knights defending their Stanley Cup title against the Seattle Kraken.
  • The NHL’s return to Europe, with the Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators, and Toronto Maple Leafs participating in the NHL Global Series – Stockholm. Four games will be played from Nov. 16-19 at Avicii Arena.
  • Two occasions during the season when all 32 teams will play on the same day: Oct. 24 and Jan 13.
  • The NHL All-Star Weekend celebration taking place on Feb. 2-3 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

The season also features several notable player returns to their former teams’ homes, including Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Erik Karlsson returning to San Jose (Nov. 4), New York Islanders forward Bo Horvat returning to Vancouver (Nov. 15), Nashville Predators forward Ryan O’Reilly returning to St. Louis (Nov. 24), New York Rangers goalie Jonathan Quick returning to Los Angeles (Jan. 20), and New Jersey Devils forward Timo Meier returning to San Jose (Feb. 27).