The Boston Bruins had the NHL's best record (44-14-12) when the regular season was cut short in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet when the 16-team Stanley Cup playoff tournament starts next week, the Bruins will not be the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
August 2020 - Hockey Wiretap
The Seattle Kraken are the NHL's best-selling expansion identity launch ever, beating the previous record set by the Vegas Golden Knights by four times, according to Fanatics, the league's official retail partner.
The NHL said on Monday that there have been no positive coronavirus tests through the first week in its two bubbles.
The NHL has administered 7,013 tests since the 24 teams arrived in Edmonton, Alberta, and Toronto on July 26. Every member of each team's 52-person traveling party has been tested daily. The news is a positive sign for the NHL, which returned from a pause of more than four months with hopes of awarding a Stanley Cup in October.
Chicago Blackhawks forward Drake Caggiula received a one-game suspension for his check to the head of Edmonton's Tyler Ennis on Saturday.
The 12th-seeded Blackhawks defeated the fifth-seeded Oilers 6-4 in Game 1 of their best-of-five qualification-round series. Game 2 is Monday in Edmonton.
New York Rangers veteran Henrik Lundqvist will start in net Saturday in Game 1 of their best-of-five qualifying-round series against the Carolina Hurricanes as rookie Igor Shesterkin was deemed "unfit to play."
The move was a surprise announcement for the NHL's first game back after a nearly five-month pause due to the coronavirus pandemic.