San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau breaks Gordie Howe's NHL record for games played

Gordie Howe's scoring records were once considered unbreakable until Wayne Gretzky arrived. Now his longevity record has been broken, too. San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, 41, suited up and took the ice for his 1,768th game Monday night in Las Vegas against the Golden Knights, passing the late Hockey Hall of Famer. Marleau said Hall of Famer Mark Howe called to say that his dad would be proud that his record

Green's Canucks missing 'eight or nine' regulars

Ready or not, the Vancouver Canucks will play their first game since March 24 on Sunday night at home. When they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs, however, the Canucks — who saw their season stalled by a lengthy COVID-19-related pause — will hardly have the type of lineup that Vancouver fans are used to. “I was just looking at our board. I think we have eight or nine guys

Avalanche put on COVID hiatus; 3 games ppd.

The Colorado Avalanche will not play until at least Thursday after a third player was placed into the NHL’s COVID protocols Friday, the league announced. Three games are being postponed at this time: against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday and Sunday and against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday. The NHL said in a statement that, pending test results, the Avalanche could reopen their facilities for practice Wednesday and

NHL trade deadline 2021 winners, losers: Maple Leafs, Islanders, Capitals are all in; Sabres fans should look away

Last year when the buzzer went off at the NHL’s trade deadline, 32 deals were done involving 55 (not including all the picks).  In 2021, well, not nearly as much as just 26 players got new sweaters in 17 trades. While a couple of expected names got sent packing, there really weren’t any unexpected, blockbuster deals.  Obviously, the big question is where does it all lead? For now, that’s anyone’s guess — especially considering

Canucks up to 21 players positive for COVID-19

The Vancouver Canucks say 25 members of the organization, including 21 players, have tested positive for the coronavirus. In a statement attributed to team doctor Jim Bovard and infectious disease doctor Josh Douglas, the Canucks said the COVID-19 cases stem from a variant of the virus that was traced by Vancouver Coastal Health back to one individual contracting it in a public setting. Four staff members also tested positive for

NHL trade deadline approaches: Which teams could be buyers, sellers?

NHL trade activity has been limited this season because of the stagnant salary cap and the requirement that traded players quarantine first before suiting up for their new team. But it could pick up with the April 12 trade deadline quickly approaching.  Contenders will get their last shot this season to improve their teams for a playoff run, and bottom-rung teams will be able to load up on prospects and draft picks

NHL bans referee caught ordering a makeup call against Predators over hot mic

NHL referee Tim Peel is heading for a (slightly) early retirement. The long-time NHL referee was caught in an unfortunate hot-mic moment on Tuesday night, leading to pretty swift action from the NHL offices. The league announced on Tuesday that Peel’s services would no longer be needed on the ice. The NHL’s statement in full:  Nothing is more important than ensuring the integrity of our game. Tim Peel’s conduct is

St. Lawrence coach tests positive for COVID-19, withdraws from NCAA men's hockey tournament

The St. Lawrence University men's hockey team announced their withdrawal from the men's hockey NCAA tournament due to their head coach testing positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, one day after winning their conference tournament. Saints coach Brent Brekke announced he had tested positive for the virus in a statement released by the school Sunday night. "The roller coaster of emotions in the last 24 hours for everyone is unimaginable. Last night we

NHL Power Rankings: One underrated story line for all 31 teams

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. We’re now eight weeks into the 2021 NHL season,Teams are nearing (or have passed) the halfway points in their schedule, although we don’t have an All Star break as a symbolic marker. For this week’s ESPN Power Rankings, we identified an underrated story line on every team How we rank: The ESPN hockey editorial staff submits selections ranking teams 1 to 31 —

Capitals' Tom Wilson knocks Bruins' Brandon Carlo out of game with crushing hit into boards

Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo left Friday night's game after a hard hit into the boards by Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson. The hit occurred with less than two minutes left in the first period as Carlo and Washington's Jakub Vrana went for the puck behind the Bruins net. Carlo immediately grabbed his head after the check from Wilson and stayed down. He appeared dazed as he was helped off the ice