Category: NHL News

Ilya Kovalchuk is coming back! So … how good is he?

11:53 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Ilya Kovalchuk is returning to the NHL after leaving for Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League in 2013 and is one of the most coveted offensive stars on the unrestricted free agent market. How did we get here, where is he going and what’s left in the tank for the 35-year-old? Here’s…

Ovi’s 14-year journey to a Cup is over

1:05 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN LAS VEGAS — Alex Ovechkin is a Stanley Cup champion. The “but” is dead. He’s no longer Dan Marino. Or Ted Williams. Or Karl Malone. He is a star player whose statistical achievements — 607 goals, putting him 19th all time at 32 years old — will never again be…

Top 2018 NHL draft prospects at each skill

3:35 PM ET It is fairly well documented at this point that the 2018 NHL draft boasts a fairly deep first round with a generational talent at the top in Rasmus Dahlin. What makes this draft a bit more fun than in years past is that consensus essentially drops off after Dahlin as the decisive…

Bergeron back on ice but Bruins drop Game 5

12:18 AM ET ESPN News Services BOSTON — Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was back on the ice for Game 5 of Boston’s first-round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs after missing the previous game with an undisclosed injury. The Maple Leafs extended the series with a 4-3 win Saturday. The Bruins lead the series…

The experience effect: Which playoff teams are impacted most?

Apr 14, 2018 As demonstrated by the Stanley Cup champion Penguins last season, experience can be a deciding factor in an otherwise evenly matched playoff series. That’s good news for teams like the Predators and Lightning, who have big advantages in playoff experience over their first-round opponents, the Avalanche and Devils, respectively. Using the previous…