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Out of the 70 playoff games so far in 2017, 44 of them (62.9%) have finished with just a one-goal gap.
To give that number some context, the record is 51 one-goal games in a single postseason year. That record was set in 2007 over 81 games (63.0%). So while this run might not end up being record-breaking, the games have nevertheless been among the closest the NHL playoffs have featured. We might see that number grow Sunday night when Nashville plays Anaheim in Game 2. May 14 - 6:38 PM

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The New York Rangers will take on the Buffalo Sabres in 2018 Winter Classic.

The game will be played at Citi Field, which is the home of Major League Baseball's New York Mets. The game will be played on January 1st, 2018. "The Winter Classic made its debut under snowy Buffalo skies in 2008, and we look forward to celebrating the 10th anniversary of that landmark event by matching the Sabres with their intrastate rivals, the New York Rangers, in the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "With New York City as its host, the renewal of our New Year's tradition will continue to inspire hockey memories for our clubs, our players and our fans."
May 9 - 8:39 PM

The NHL Awards will take place in Las Vegas on June 21 and the expansion draft will be incorporated into the awards.

"We are thrilled to be in Las Vegas again for the NHL Awards," said Steve Mayer, NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President. "To be able to pair this perennial show with the excitement of the expansion draft for the Vegas Golden Knights is a unique opportunity that we think our fans will enjoy greatly." It's the eighth time the NHL Awards will be held in Vegas.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 18 - 7:54 PM

The 2017 NHL Draft Lottery will take place on April 29 in Toronto.

The Colorado Avalanche will have the best odds at winning the right to select first overall at 18%. They will be followed by the Vancouver Canucks (12.1%), the Vegas Golden Knights (10.3%) and the Arizona Coyotes (10.3%). The full list can be seen by clicking on the link below. Nolan Patrick has been the top rated prospect for over a year but Swiss forward Nico Hischier has surged up the charts and is pegged by many mock drafts as being the first overall selection. The 2017 NHL Entry Draft will take place in Chicago on June 23-24.
Apr 11 - 9:39 PM

The NHL will not participate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The League released a statement Monday to announce the news: "We have previously made clear that, while the overwhelming majority of our Clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-18 NHL season for purposes of accommodating Olympic participation by some NHL players, we were open to hearing from any of the other parties who might have an interest in the issue (e.g., the IOC, the IIHF, the NHLPA) as to reasons the Board of Governors might be interested in re-evaluating their strongly held views on the subject. A number of months have now passed and no meaningful dialogue has materialized." You can read the rest of it through the link below. This is disappointing news, but it's not surprising.
Apr 3 - 4:08 PM

NHL participation in the 2018 Pyeongchang, South Korea Olympic Games seems unlikely at the moment, if you ask commissioner Gary Bettman.

The NHL last met with the IOC in February and did not come away with much progress towards an agreement. "There are no negotiations ongoing," Bettman told Reuters. "As things stand now people should assume we are not going." That's quite grim, but it's worth noting that nothing is official and so we should take this report with a grain of salt. The NHL wants to be compensated for shutting down its season for half a month, plus insurance, travel and accommodations like it has been for the previous five Winter Games. The IOC quoted the NHL at $15M to $20M to do just that, which Bettman noted the NHL has no interest in covering. "If they don't value our participation why are we going," Bettman queried rhetorically. Again, anything can still happen. Including players going anyway, just as Alex Ovechkin has already stated he intends to. Meaning Bettman won't just have the IOC to contend with should "negotiations", such as they are, continue to drag on
Mar 21 - 5:48 PM

Tuesday night's match between the Winnipeg Jets and New Jersey Devils has been postponed.

The NHL has rescheduled the match for Mar. 28 because of a severe winter storm impacting the area. Adjust your lineups accordingly.
Mar 14 - 11:56 AM

The NHL plans to change the way it handles the bye week next season.

The 2016-17 campaign was the first where each team had a bye week, but the end result is that teams struggled to get back into the swing of things after that time off. To combat that next season, the NHL plans to have 15 NHL teams have their bye week simultaneously followed by the other 16 teams. When teams leave their bye week, their first two games will be against other teams exiting theirs. That will help keep all teams on a level playing field.
Mar 8 - 11:24 AM

All goalies must adhere to the new pad standards starting today or they'll face steep penalties.

A violation will cost the netminder two games plus a $25K fine with another $1K to the equipment manager. Hopefully there won't be any complications moving forward.
Feb 4 - 1:19 PM

At this point, it doesn't appear that the NHL is going to the 2018 Olympics barring a "game-changer."

As deputy commissioner Bill Daly notes, "Quite frankly, we don’t see what the benefit is from a League standpoint to Olympics participation." At first it appeared the issue was that the Olympics wouldn't cover the necessary costs, but now, even though Renee Fasal has "found the money" it appears there are additional concerns to smooth over. "I think there’s concern from teams about the ongoing disruption in the season. The schedule. A whole host of other things," Bettman said.
Source: Yahoo
Jan 28 - 6:58 PM

"I'm more optimistic now that I ever have been," Donald Fehr, the executive director of the NHL Players' Association, said in reference to a deal being struck with the League to allow the players to play in the South Korea games.

As for why Fehr is so optimistic all he could add was, "you get a sense of things," so take it all with a grain of salt as Commissioner Gary Bettman was less than committed. What's of new intrigue though, is that Fehr noted that the players may be interested in a long-term international package separate to the CBA. What that would look like is anybody's guess at this point, but it sure does begin to sound like a European-soccer style schedule. Or at the least a schedule friendlier to international competition.
Jan 1 - 4:09 PM

As a reminder, the NHL's holiday roster freeze goes into effect Monday night.

Once the freeze begins, NHL teams will be barred from making trades or placing players on waivers until Dec. 28. It's worth noting that players can still be placed on waivers Monday though and any claimed on Tuesday from Monday's list would still report to their new club. Teams also have the ability to recall players from the minors. In the event that a roster spot is required to activate a player from the injured reserve list, teams are able to send a player to the minors to free a spot.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 10:58:00 AM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said that there's been no decision made regarding the NHL's Olympic participation.

That being said, Bettman noted that it's fair to call the Board of Governors' sentiment towards the Olympics as negative. He also added that NHL players might not end up going to the Olympics even if the expenses are covered. So while nothing has been made official yet, it seems fair to be pessimistic about the NHL's chances of allowing their players to participate in the next Winter Games.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 06:20:00 PM

The NHLPA has rejected an NHL proposal where the league would agree to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in exchange for a three-year extension to the CBA.

NHLPA executive director Don Fehr still hopes to work out a deal that would allow the players to participate in the Olympics, but not on those terms. If the players had agreed to the proposal, then the existing CBA would have been extended to 2025. Part of the NHL's hesitation to participate in the Olympics stemmed from the idea that the IIHF and IOC wouldn't cover costs of insurance, accommodation, and travel that could run up to $10 million. However, IIHF president Rene Fasel recently suggested that those costs could be covered for the NHL. Still, Olympic participate means suspending the NHL temporarily during the heart of the season and putting star players at risk of injury outside of NHL games. NHL players have participated in the last five Olympics though.
Source: TSN.ca
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 06:19:00 PM

The NHL officially announced that the newest franchise entering the NHL at the start of the 2017-18 season will be named the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

At the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, every team will have to submit a list of 'protected' players who will not be eligible to be selected by the new Golden Knights franchise in an expansion draft. Teams can either protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goaltender or eight skaters and one goaltender. All players who have played less than three professional hockey seasons will automatically be protected. The Golden Knights team logo can be viewed by clicking the link located at the bottom of this post.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 09:32:00 PM

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