NHL Team News sorted by date

  • Yesterday at 9:52pm

    ESPN.com: Mike Matheson suspended 2 games for injuring Elias Pettersson

    Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson has been suspended for two games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for "intentionally and dangerously" slamming Vancouver Canucks rookie forward Elias Pettersson to the ice in Saturday's game.

    The suspension comes after Vancouver announced that Pettersson, a 19-year-old considered one of the favorites for the Calder Trophy this season, will miss seven to 10 days with a concussion. The NHL does take injuries into account when deciding on supplemental discipline.

    Matheson, who wasn't penalized for the incident during the game, had a phone hearing with the NHL for "interference and unsportsmanlike conduct.

  • Yesterday at 1:43pm

    ESPN.com: Penguins' Justin Schultz out four months after surgery on broken leg

    The Pittsburgh Penguins' blueline has suffered a significant loss, as defenseman Justin Schultz underwent surgery to repair a fracture of his lower left leg that he suffered in the first period of their 4-3 shootout loss at Montreal on Saturday.

    The estimated recovery time is four months, general manager Jim Rutherford said.

    Against the Canadiens, Schultz played the puck deep in his own zone. Montreal center Tomas Plekanec checked him in the corner, sending Schultz awkwardly to the ice, his left leg bending under him. He was assisted off the ice by two teammates.

  • Yesterday at 11:50am

    ESPN.com: Roundtable: Will the Maple Leafs win the East? How many goals will Auston Matthews score?

    The Toronto Maple Leafs are off to a start that only their fans could've dreamed up, with a 5-1-0 record, and a 4.83 goals-per-game average. So we're looking ahead, and answering the big questions:

    Will the Maple Leafs win the East?

    Greg Wyshynski, senior NHL writer: It's not just that the Toronto Maple Leafs have a chance to win the East, they have an opportunity to win the Stanley Cup ... provided they can overcome their primary flaw, which is their defense corps. One way to overcome it would be to make it better, but the kind of top-pairing defenseman that's become synonymous with winning NHL championships (Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, Zdeno Chara, John Carlson) isn't easy to come by.

  • October 14 at 12:15am

    Bleacher Report: Austin Watson's Girlfriend, Jenn Guardino, Says He Didn't Physically Abuse Her

    Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson is serving an 18-game suspension after pleading no-contest on a domestic assault charge in June following an incident involving his girlfriend, Jenn Guardino.

    But on Saturday, Guardino said in a statement that Watson never hit her or abused her, per Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in America:

    This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

  • October 12 at 6:09pm

    ESPN.com: McDavid vs. Matthews is the rivalry the NHL deserves

    I know Auston Matthews is two inches taller and roughly 30 pounds heavier than Connor McDavid. I know he's roughly eight months younger than Connor McDavid. I know he has nine goals in five games this season, putting him on pace for 148 goals in the 2018-19 season, or roughly Nikita Kucherov's career total. (Alas, one assumes his 50 percent shooting percentage will have to regress to the mean at some point.) I know that I prefer Auston Matthews photoshoots to Connor McDavid photoshoots because he goes a bit more "Zoolander" and is willing to drape himself in an M.

  • October 12 at 11:49am

    ESPN.com: NHL Power Rankings: Top injury concern for all 31 teams

    We're just a few games into the 2018-19 season, but there's already been some movement in the ESPN NHL Power Rankings. Here's our latest rundown, along with the top early health concern for all 31 teams.

    Note: These rankings reflect which teams our voters think would win head-to-head matchups. Higher-ranked teams would be favored against lower-ranked teams.

    1. <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/tor/toronto-maple-leafs">Toronto Maple Leafs</a>

    Preseason ranking: 3

    There are no early injury concerns to report in Toronto right now. There are early concerns about a defense that's let up 20 goals in five games, but hey, the offense is as good as advertised.

  • October 12 at 10:01am

    ESPN.com: Leafs' Auston Matthews equals NHL record for goals in first five games

    Auston Matthews scored twice for a league-leading nine goals -- tying an NHL record after five games -- and helped the Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings 5-3 on Thursday night.

    Matthews joined Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Marleau, Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy as the only players in the league's modern era to score nine times in their teams' first five games, according to Elias Sports Bureau research. He is one of just 16 players to pull off the feat in NHL history.

    Matthews joined Sweeney Schriner (1944-45) and Corb Denneny (1921-22) as just the third player in franchise history to score in each of its first five games in a season.

  • October 12 at 12:09am

    ESPN.com: Austin Watson's domestic abuse suspension reduced to 18 games

    Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson's 27-game suspension for domestic violence has been reduced to 18 games, the NHL and NHLPA announced in a joint statement on Thursday. The ruling came from Shyam Das, a neutral arbitrator.

    Watson pleaded no contest in July to a domestic assault charge. The NHL levied the suspension under Rule 18-A of the collective bargaining agreement for "unacceptable off-ice conduct." The NHLPA filed an appeal on his behalf.

    "Our organization was not involved in the appeal of Austin Watson's 27-game suspension, but we are aware of its reduction to 18 games," the Predators said in a statement.

  • October 11 at 7:53pm

    Bleacher Report: Austin Watson's Domestic Violence Suspension Reduced to 18 Games

    Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson saw his 27-game suspension for domestic violence reduced to 18 games on Thursday.

    The NHL and NHL Players Association released a joint statement on the ruling issued by neutral arbitrator Shyam Das:

    "The National Hockey League Players' Association and National Hockey League announced today that Nashville Predators' forward Austin Watson's 27-game suspension issued pursuant to Article 18-A of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement has been reduced by Arbitrator Shyam Das to a suspension covering the first 18 games of the 2018-19 regular season."

    This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

  • October 11 at 5:44pm

    ESPN.com: Early-season help in specific fantasy hockey categories

    On the NHL ice, there's really only one true goal, and that's getting the puck into the back of the net as many times as possible. However, for many fantasy hockey managers, there's more to the competition than simply acquiring as many goals (and assists) as you can.

    Here's a round-up of a few players who could come in handy when attempting to satisfy other fantasy categories -- even some not-so-common ones -- without sacrificing scoring.

    Power play points

    Patrick Maroon, LW, St. Louis Blues (41.2 percent rostered): An imposing figure with good hands, Maroon has made productive hay in years past on top units with both Anaheim and Edmonton.

  • October 11 at 1:43pm

    Bleacher Report: NHL Trade Rumors: Latest on William Nylander, Artemi Panarin and More Buzz

    The 2018-19 NHL season is only a week old, but the rumor mill is already beginning to take center stage. There are several buzzworthy stories making headlines in the early going, which amplifies the chances of an eventual blockbuster trade.

    No situation has generated more attention than the continued absence of Toronto Maple Leafs winger William Nylander, a restricted free agent who remains unsigned. He's a key part of the team's budding core, but his future with the organization becomes more uncertain with each passing game missed.

    So let's take a look at some of the latest rumors and speculation about Nylander and the Leafs, as well as some other stories from around the league.

  • October 11 at 10:14am

    ESPN.com: Pacioretty, Stastny carrying on the 'Golden Misfits' persona

    Max Pacioretty wasn't playing in last year's Stanley Cup playoffs, but he still had a game-night routine. He would flop on the couch, snacks in hand, and flip on the television early enough to catch the greatest spectacle of the postseason: the Vegas Golden Knights' pregame festivities.

    "I was 100 percent cheering for Vegas. They changed the game, in terms of entertainment, style of play and how they went about their business. Hopefully a lot of teams piggyback off that," he said. "We all talk in the league. Everyone said the same thing about playing here and how nice it would be.

  • October 9 at 1:43pm

    ESPN.com: Patrick Dwyer is the best hockey player in the world this week

    By way of reintroduction, a brief note before our first edition of the season. ESPN presents the best player in the world of the week, celebrating the player that has the best stats, impact or storyline to earn the honor. We accepted nominations from every league and every level, from the pros to the colleges to the youth leagues to the beer leagues. To nominate someone, please email us here by midnight on Monday each week. Photos and context are encouraged!

    Remember Andrew Hammond? The goalie whose incredible run for the Ottawa Senators in 2015 earned him hamburgers "for life" from local McDonald's franchises, because his nickname was "The Hamburglar?

  • October 9 at 11:56am

    ESPN.com: Will the Predators win the West?

    As another season gets rolling for the Nashville Predators, we assess the Stanley Cup chances of the defending Presidents' Trophy winners:

    Greg Wyshynski, senior NHL writer: Can they win the West? Yes. Will they win the West? That really comes down to two external factors and one internal factor for me. The first external factor is the Winnipeg Jets, who eliminated the Predators in seven games last postseason. I still think they're another Paul Stastny-level center away from challenging for the Cup (sorry, Bryan Little fans) but they've proven to be the Predators' equals, if not better.

  • October 9 at 10:15am

    Bleacher Report: San Jose Sharks vs. Philadelphia Flyers Odds, Analysis, NHL Betting Pick

    The San Jose Sharks (1-2) will face a tough challenge on Tuesday, visiting the Philadelphia Flyers (1-1) in their home opener with sportsbooks pegging this as a pick'em matchup.

    The difficult part for the Sharks will be playing back-to-back days after getting blanked by the New York Islanders 4-0 on Monday while the Flyers return to the Wells Fargo Center for the first time since last season following a 1-1 start on the road.

    NHL betting line: The Sharks opened as -120 favorites (wager $120 to win $100); the total is at six goals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.