NHL Buzz: Backstrom, Oshie skate with Capitals, ‘still no timetables’

NHL Buzz: Backstrom, Oshie skate with Capitals, ‘still no timetables’

Washington Capitals Forward Nicklas Backstrom joined the Capitals for their morning skate on Saturday for the first time since having resurfacing surgery on his left hip on June 15. Backstrom, who wore a no-contact jersey, has been skating on his own with forward Tom Wilson (torn ACL in left knee) for more than three weeks. … Read more

Eichel has hat trick, Golden Knights top Sabers for ninth straight win

Eichel has hat trick, Golden Knights top Sabers for ninth straight win

BUFFALO– Jack Eichel scored a hat trick and had an assist, and the Vegas Golden Knights won their ninth straight, 7-4 against the Buffalo Sabers at KeyBank Center on Thursday. It was Eichel’s first points in his second game against the Sabers since he was traded to the Golden Knights for Alex Tuch and Peyton … Read more

Anderson to have hearing for actions in Canadiens game

Anderson to have hearing for actions in Canadiens game

Josh Anderson will have a hearing with NHL Department of Player Safety on Sunday. The Montreal Canadiens forward is facing discipline for boarding Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. The incident occurred at 10:08 of the third period in Montreal’s 6-4 loss at Bell Center on Saturday. Anderson received a five-minute major penalty for boarding … Read more

Thompson enjoying success with Golden Knights after long road to NHL

Thompson enjoying success with Golden Knights after long road to NHL

After winning the Cup in 2018, the Washington Capitals brought it to their practice facility during their development camp that offseason. Thompson, a then 21-year-old goalie who was invited to the camp as an undrafted free agent, watched Washington’s prospects take an up-close look but opted to do his admiring from afar. “I was just … Read more

Golden Knights shut out Ducks, hand them seventh straight loss

Golden Knights shut out Ducks, hand them seventh straight loss

LAS VEGAS– Logan Thompson made 29 saves to help the Vegas Golden Knights hand the Anaheim Ducks their seventh straight loss, 4-0 at T-Mobile Arena on Friday. “That’s a team win,” Thompson said. “As a forward group and our D-core has been perfect all year. … They’re making our (the goalies’) jobs easy. We’re seeing … Read more

Kessel of Golden Knights ties NHL consecutive games played record at 989

Kessel of Golden Knights ties NHL consecutive games played record at 989

Phil Kessel played in his 989th consecutive NHL game, tying the record held by Keith Yandle, when the Vegas Golden Knights played the Toronto Maple Leafs at T-Mobile Arena on Monday. The 35-year-old forward had an assist in the 3-1 victory. He has not missed a game since Oct. 31, 2009, when he did not … Read more

Kessel talks ironman streak, love of game with NHL.com

Kessel talks ironman streak, love of game with NHL.com

The Vegas Golden Knights forward, sitting in his stall at City National Arena after practice Friday, has just been asked if he remembers the last time he missed an NHL game. Given the fact that he is on the verge of becoming the all-time ironman in the NHL, you’d expect him to know. Most players … Read more

Five struggling NHL teams I’m not worried about (yet), plus way-too-early power rankings

Five struggling NHL teams I’m not worried about (yet), plus way-too-early power rankings

The weekend rankings are back, and it’s too early. That’s the caveat we throw out every year, and will have to remember for at least the first few weeks. If I don’t mention it right up front, I know some of you will make sure to do it for me. It gets late early in … Read more

NHL On Tap: Flames, Oilers resume Battle of Alberta rivalry

NHL On Tap: Flames, Oilers resume Battle of Alberta rivalry

Back to the Battle The Battle of Alberta resumes when the Calgary Flames visit the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, CITY, ESPN+, SN NOW), with both teams 1-0-0 to start the season. When last we saw these two teams play, the Oilers eliminated the Flames in five games … Read more

NHL 2022-23 bold predictions: A 70-goal scorer, trades, breakouts, awards, more

NHL 2022-23 bold predictions: A 70-goal scorer, trades, breakouts, awards, more

A first-time 50-goal scorer in Edmonton. A new king of the Metropolitan Division. An eight-figure contract in Boston. A legend traded out of Chicago (but not the one you’re expecting). And maybe even the NHL’s first 70-goal season since 1993? Those were among the responses we got this week when we asked The Athletic’s NHL … Read more