2022 NHL Draft Lottery (5/10/22) | How to Watch, Start Time, Odds
Watch the NHL on FuboTV (7-day free trial)THE BEST OF THE WORSTThe draft lottery is almost as exciting as the draft itself, as a team’s fate has the chance to change, based on where they end up in the first round. THE RED WINGS STILL HAVE A CHANCEDespite a rather optimistic start to their season, the Detroit Red Wings started to really tail off in the second half of the season, much to the chagrin of General Manager Steve Yzerman. The last time the Wings picked first-overall in the NHL Draft came all the way back in 1986, when they selected Joe Murphy. Shane Wright from the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League is at the top of the NHL Central Scouting’s draft board. Check out the top prospects list from NHL Central ScoutingWhat: 2022 NHL Draft LotteryWhen: Tuesday, May 10Time: 6:30 p.m.mlive.com
Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 2 - Bruins vs. Hurricanes, Kings vs. Oilers | Faceoff, How to Watch, Preview
Carolina comes in following their second consecutive division title after their best regular season since moving from Hartford. Carolina looks like to keep up their winning ways against Boston in this series, as they won all three meetings during the regular season. The two rivals split the four-game regular season series, with each team squeaking out a close victory, while blowing out the other team as well. The Wild come in following their best regular season performance in franchise history. Edmonton had L.A.’s number during the regular season, winning three of the four matchups in 2021-22.mlive.com
Former Zamboni driver Al Sobotka talks urinating incident, Red Wings firing, would he return?
Former Detroit Red Wings Zamboni driver Al Sobotka spoke one-on-one with Local 4 about the urinating incident, being fired by the team, his current mental state and whether he would go back to his old job, if asked.
Ottawa Senators vs. Detroit Red Wings - NHL (4/1/22) | Faceoff, How to Watch, Preview
Another tough loss after a solid performance stretches the Detroit Red Wings’s losing streak to four games. They will look to try and reverse the trend against one of the worst teams in the National Hockey League, the Ottawa Senators. The Red Wings ended the month of March on a big wimper. Watch the Detroit Red Wings on DirecTV StreamThey are coming off a solid effort against one of the top teams in the Metropolitan Division, falling in overtime on Wednesday night to the New York Rangers. Check out more stories about the Detroit Red Wings here on MLiveWhat: NHL HockeyWho: Ottawa Senators (23-37-5) vs. Detroit Red Wings (26-32-9)When: Friday, April 1Time: 7:30 p.m.mlive.com
Colorado Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames - NHL (3/29/22) | Faceoff, How to Watch, Preview
Coming down to the end of the month, the Avs have gone 7-4-2 so far in March. Watch the NHL on ESPN+Calgary has surged to the top of the Pacific Division after a so-so start to their 2021-22 campaign. The Flames’ 88 points are 10 back of the Avalanche, but are looking to end the month of March strong, as they are 9-4-1 so far this month. What: NHL HockeyWho: Colorado Avalanche (46-14-6) vs. Calgary Flames (40-17-8)When: Tuesday, March 29Time: 9:00 p.m. ETWhere: Scotiabank Saddledome (Calgary, Alberta)Stream: DirecTV StreamCheck out the NHL standings and results on NHL.commlive.com
Edmonton Oilers vs. Colorado Avalanche - NHL (3/21/22) | Faceoff, How to Watch, Preview
Following the National Hockey League’s Trade Deadline, two of the best teams as of late, including the team with the best record, meet on Monday night, as Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche host Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. The Avs are currently the best team in the enitre league, and are on their path to another President’s Trophy as the best team during the regular season. Colorado comes into Monday night on a three-game win streak, and are 5-3-1 in the month of March. What: NHL HockeyWho: Edmonton Oilers (35-23-4) vs. Colorado Avalanche (44-13-5)When: Monday, March 21Time: 9:30 p.m. ETWhere: Ball Arena (Denver, Colo.)Stream: ESPN+Check out the NHL standings and results on NHL.commlive.com
Detroit Red Wings vs. Calgary Flames - NHL (3/12/22) | Faceoff, How to Watch, Preview
After a...wild game on Thursday night, the Detroit Red Wings hit the road, and will try and end their losing skid when they take one of the....hottest teams in the National Hockey League, the Calgary Flames, on Saturday night. A couple nights removed from their 9-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes, the Red Wings battled the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. Watch the Detroit Red Wings on DirecTV StreamThe Wings were unable to complete the comeback falling to the Wild 6-5 in a shootout, extending the Wings’ losing skid to four. They now head Northwestern Canada, starting off their road trip against the Pacific Division-leading Calgary Flames. Check out more stories about the Detroit Red Wings here on MLiveWhat: NHL HockeyWho: Detroit Red Wings (24-27-7) vs. Calgary Flames (35-15-7)When: Saturday, March 12Time: 7:00 p.m.mlive.com
Minnesota Wild vs. Detroit Red Wings - NHL (3/10/22) | Faceoff, How to Watch, Preview
The Detroit Red Wings are licking their wounds after an abysmal performance against one of the worst teams in the National Hockey League. They will try and get back on the winning track when they host the struggling Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. Watch the Detroit Red Wings on DirecTV StreamIt marked the second time this season Detroit has given up nine goals (they lost 10-7 to the Toronto Maple Leafs 11 days ago). Check out more stories about the Detroit Red Wings here on MLiveWhat: NHL HockeyWho: Minnesota Wild (33-19-3) vs. Detroit Red Wings (24-27-6)When: Thursday, March 10Time: 7:00 p.m. ETWhere: Little Caesars Arena (Detroit, Mich.)Channel: Bally Sports DetroitStream: DirecTV StreamCheck out the NHL standings and results on NHL.commlive.com
Russia boycott: A list of global campaigns that are underway in support of Ukraine
From vodka to soccer, retailers and international sporting bodies have announced boycotts of Russian goods and benched Russian teams in a symbolic global movement designed to show solidarity with Ukraine.washingtonpost.com
NHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition | Channels, Stream, Start Times
Watch the NHL All-Star Weekend on FuboTV (Free Trial)NHL ALL-STAR SKILLS COMPETITIONWho: Atlantic vs. Metropolitan vs. Pacific vs. CentralWhen: Friday, February 4Time: 7:30 p.m. Watch the NHL All-Star Weekend on FuboTV (Free Trial)NHL ALL-STAR GAMEThe games to determine which division is the best is set for Saturday. The “semifinal” matchups will feature the Metropolitan Division taking on Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the talented Atlantic Division squad that also sees Detroit Red Wings’ captain Dylan Larkin making his second All-Star Game appearance. The Western Conference matchup will see the Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid try to help continue the Pacific Division’s dominance when they take on the Central Divison, captained by Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon. Only the Metro and Pacific Divisions have ever been victorious since the format was introduced in 2016, with the Pacific coming out on top three times.mlive.com
NHL postpones Monday games, including Red Wings at Rangers
The NHL announced Friday it is pushing back its return by a day, so all Monday games have been postponed, including the Detroit Red Wings’ contest at the New York Rangers. The Red Wings’ next scheduled game is Wednesday at the New York Islanders. Detroit had two games postponed this week, Monday at home vs. Colorado due to the number of Avalanche players in COVID protocol, and Thursday at Minnesota due to the increasing number of Red Wings in COVID protocol (11 players). Teams are permitted to return to practice on Sunday, but the Red Wings haven’t announced yet whether they will return to the ice at that time. More: Simon Edvinsson leads Red Wings’ large contingent at World Junior Championshipmlive.com
Op-Ed: Omicron sidelines professional sports from the NFL to the English Premier League
The omicron Covid-19 variant is spreading across professional sports faster than at any time since the start of the pandemic. Part of that owes to 95% or more of players in the National Football League, National Basketball Association, Women's National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, and National Women's Soccer League reportedly having been vaccinated. The NFL is postponing games, as tens of players, including stars and starters, on different teams test positive each day. The NBA has postponed a couple of games lately, but seen several big-name players placed into the league's Covid protocol. A chunk of that knowledge owes to scientists studying data generated by activities of sports leagues, teams, and players throughout the pandemic.cnbc.com
Omicron casts a new shadow over economy's pandemic recovery
Just as Americans and Europeans were eagerly awaiting their most normal holiday season in a couple of years, the omicron variant has unleashed a fresh round of fear and uncertainty — for travelers, shoppers, party-goers and their economies as a whole.
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Florida Panthers - NHL (10/14/21) | How to Watch, Start Time
In day three of the new National Hockey League season, a division champion from last season beings their season against a team a few years removed from Stanley Cup glory, as the Florida Panthers get set to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Last season, the COVID-altered realignment, the Florida Panthers were one of the best teams during the regular season, taking second in the Central Division. However, after a rough and physical series against the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning, the Panthers bowed out in the first round. Now, they have a slightly re-tooled roster, with the goal of getting up towards the top of the Atlantic Division. What: NHL HockeyWho: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Florida PanthersWhen: Thursday, October 14Time: 6:30 p.m.mlive.com
Seattle Kraken vs. Vegas Golden Knights - Kraken’s First Game (10/12/21) | How to Watch, Start Time
History will be made on the opening night of the 2021-22 National Hockey League season, as the newest franchise in the league meets one of the more recently added franchises, when the Seattle Kraken head to Sin City to meet with the Vegas Golden Knights. With a lot of excitement, fanfare, merchandise sales and a little bit of expectations on-ice, the Kraken are set to begin their inaugural season in the league. After the Expansion Draft this past offseason, many are excited to see how this team will perform on the ice. However, since that magical season, the Golden Knights have been unable to make it back to the championship series, including losing in back-to-back semifinals. What: NHL HockeyWho: Seattle Kraken vs. Vegas Golden KnightsWhen: Tuesday, October 12Time: 10:15 p.m.mlive.com
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - NHL Returns to ESPN (10/12/21) | How to Watch, Start Time
After a rather short offseason, the National Hockey League returns on Tuesday night, with the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions kicking things off, as the Tampa Bay Lightning get set to host the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Lightning are the second team to win back-to-back Stanley Cups since the beginning of the salary cap era in 2005. The only other team to win back-to-back Cups in the last 15 years was the Pittsburgh Penguins, when they achieved the feat during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. What: NHL HockeyWho: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay LightningWhen: Tuesday, October 12Time: 7:30 p.m. ETWhere: Amalie Arena (Tampa, Fla.)Channel: ESPNStream: FuboTV (7-day free trial), Sling, DirecTV Stream, ESPN+Check out the NHL standings and results heremlive.com
Former WMU hockey trio opens NHL free agency by landing with new teams
In his seven-year NHL career, Oesterle has spent time with Edmonton (3 seasons), Chicago (1 season) and Arizona, registering 252 games played, 15 goals and 65 points. His best NHL season was the 2018-19 campaign, when he netted six goals and added 14 assists, while posting a minus-3 rating for the Coyotes. During his three-year WMU career, Oesterle collected seven goals and 27 assists, including two goals and 15 helpers during his final season in 2013-14. Like Dries, Tennyson agreed to a two-way contract, with the 31-year-old defenseman’s deal worth $750,000 with the Predators and $325,000 at the minor-league level. He played in 117 career games in Kalamazoo, finishing with 22 goals and 32 assists in three seasons.mlive.com
ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings switch NHL affiliation to Columbus Blue Jackets
KALAMAZOO, MI – For the first time in five seasons, the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings will have a new pro hockey affiliation, as the organization announced Wednesday an agreement with the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets and the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters. “We are thrilled to partner once again with the Kalamazoo Wings as they operate as our ECHL affiliate,” Blue Jackets director of player personnel Chris Clark said in a press release. “We’re excited to begin this new affiliation with the Columbus Blue Jackets and Cleveland Monsters,” K-Wings head coach Nick Bootland said. The K-Wings last took the ice on March 11, 2020, before having their 2019-20 season postponed, then canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic. More Kalamazoo Wings coverageBlue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks dies after being hit by fireworks mortarECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings team set to return to ice in October after 591-day hiatusKalamazoo Wings cancel 2020-21 hockey season amid COVID-19 pandemicECHL, Kalamazoo Wings cancel rest of 2019-20 season amid coronavirus pandemicFormer Kalamazoo Wings forward wins Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay LightningHow Justin Taylor went from a broken face to breaking a Kalamazoo Wings recordmlive.com
How to Watch the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers (5/16/21) -- Stanley Cup Playoffs (Game 1) | Channel, Stream, Watch
The Tampa Bay Lightning were introduced to the National Hockey League in 1992, with the Florida Panthers arriving a year later. Tacking on the Panthers years of both futility and mediocrity, the two have never met in the playoffs. Watch the Stanley Cup Playoffs on FuboTV (7-day free trial)In their first ever meeting in the postseason, the Panthers come into the series with home ice advantage as the no. Even though, on paper, some may view the Panthers as underdogs, they were able to take the regular season series from the Bolts, winning five of the eight meetings, including two at Amalie Arena. What: NHL PlayoffsWho: (3) Tampa Bay Lightning vs. (2) Florida PanthersWhen: Sunday, May 16Time: 7:30 PM ETWhere: BB&T Center (Sunrise, Fla.)Channel: NBC Sports NetworkStream: FuboTV (7-day free trial)mlive.com
Red Wings eager to see Joe Veleno before season winds down
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings are eager to see how Joe Veleno looks as an NHL center before the season winds down. Veleno, after taking part in several optional practices and gameday skates, experienced his first full practice with the Red Wings on Monday. The Red Wings have six games remaining and Veleno, the 30th overall pick in 2018, figures to play extensively. Hronek and Marc Staal are the only Red Wings who have played all 50 games. More: Red Wings seeking long-term solution at centermlive.com
Former Red Wing Todd Bertuzzi charged with driving drunk in Auburn Hills, police say
Todd Bertuzzi #44 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on January 9, 2014 in San Jose, California. AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Former Detroit Red Wing Todd Bertuzzi has been charged for driving drunk in Auburn Hills last month, according to police. Bertuzzi failed roadside sobriety evaluations and was arrested for operating while intoxicated, Auburn Hills police said. He was taken to the Auburn Hills Police Department and refused a breath test, officials said. Bertuzzi was taken to the Oakland County Jail and released after 12 hours, pending toxicology results, police said.
Referee Tim Peel fired for remark on hot mic during Red Wings game
The NHL fired referee Tim Peel on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after his remark about a penalty call in the Detroit Red Wings game against Nashville was caught on a hot mic. That wasn’t even close to a penalty.’ ”Peel, incidentally, has the distinction of being the only referee to eject Steve Yzerman from a game. It happened in Nashville on Oct. 30, 2003, during a fight-filled game between the Red Wings and Predators. At 10:50, while still in the penalty box, he received a game misconduct from Peel, his second of the game. More: Red Wings, not opposing goalies, making it hard on themselves to scoremlive.com
Hot mic during Red Wings-Predators game costs NHL ref his job
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 21: referee Tim Peel #20 waves off a goal as the Buffalo Sabres face the the Montreal Canadiens during their NHL game at First Niagara Center on March 21, 2012 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)The NHL has decided to fire a game official who was caught on audio saying he “wanted to get” a penalty against the Nashville Predators during the team’s game Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings. https://t.co/mrnDc61W5P pic.twitter.com/tKsg2SwGh8 — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 24, 2021The Predators won, 2-0. Both teams received three penalties, then the Predators got a fourth for putting the puck over the glass. Nashville was 1-2 on the power play while Detroit came up empty in three power play opportunities.
NHL could net over $600 million for rights package, but it needs NBC
Media pundits believe the rights package of NHL's new seven-year deal with ESPN is worth $400 million per year. But post-breakup, ESPN continued to value NHL content by centering coverage around longtime analyst Barry Melrose. Dan Cohen, senior vice president of Octagon's Global Media Rights Consulting division, said the NHL could solicit more than $600 million annually for its entire package. He added that the NHL "would be best served to renew its other rights package with NBC, who has invested heavily in marketing the NHL and who can offer a tri-cast distribution model." "Something that has as much volume as hockey, they can go with a tri-cast model across ABC, ESPN, and ESPN+/Hulu."cnbc.com
NHL announces TV and streaming deal with Disney, ESPN
PITTSBURGH - MAY 04: The NHL logo behind the net during the game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers prior to game five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 4, 2008 at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)The National Hockey League (NHL) announced Wednesday a new TV and streaming deal with the Walt Disney Co. and ESPN. The NHL said the deal includes:Exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final on ABC in four of the seven years of the agreement, with the ability to simulcast/megacast on ESPN+ and additional ESPN networksThe return of live NHL action to ESPN networks with 25 exclusive national regular-season games on ABC or ESPN75 national regular-season games per season produced by ESPN that will stream exclusively on both ESPN+ and HuluHalf of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on ABC and ESPN each season; and coverage annually of NHL’s Face-off (opening night games)The NHL All-Star Game and Skills Challenge, plus other NHL special events each season. The NHL’s out-of-market streaming package will now be available for fans to stream only as part of an ESPN+ subscription.
Biggest Detroit sports trades in last 20 years: Is Matthew Stafford deal No. 1?
Matthew Stafford, Miguel Cabrera, Dominik Hasek, Chauncey Billups and Justin Verlander have been involved in some of the biggest trades in modern Detroit sports history. DETROIT – The Detroit Lions made one of the biggest moves in franchise history over the weekend, sending quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Rams in exchange for another former No. AdAug. 31, 2017: Tigers trade Justin Verlander to Houston Astros for Franklin Perez, Jake Rogers, Daz CameronIn many ways, the Verlander trade is the Tigers’ equivalent of the Stafford trade. So, considering all these moves, where does the Stafford trade rank? In terms of immediate reactions, the Stafford trade is probably the biggest.
The Latest: Chattanooga postpones 2 men’s basketball games
___Boston College has postponed two men’s basketball games this week because of positive COVID-19 tests, prompting the Atlantic Coast Conference to juggle its schedule. Carolina, Dallas, Florida, Nashville and Tampa Bay have all had games postponed because of the pandemic. ___The Chattanooga Mocs have postponed a pair of men’s basketball games after a positive COVID-19 test among the team’s Tier 1 personnel. ___The Southern Conference postponed three games because of positive COVID-19 tests within the Furman and Chattanooga men’s basketball programs. Furman’s next scheduled game is Feb. 3 at Samford, while Chattanooga is slated to return to the court at Western Carolina the same day.
NBC Sports Network will cease operations in 2021
The network will stop operations by the end of 2021, a person familiar with the plan confirmed to CNBC. NBC will transfer its sports media rights, including the National Hockey League, to USA Network. USA Network is available in 86 million homes, while NBCSN has an estimated 80 million household reach. Comcast owned the network when it took over NBCUniversal in 2011, and rebranded it as the NBC Sports Network at that time. NHL playoff games, a selection of NASCAR races, and Premier League content will transfer to USA Network after NBCSN closes.cnbc.com
Flint Firebirds radio broadcaster takes new position with CCHA
“This position is an opportunity to build an NCAA Division I conference from scratch. I would go to games with Michigan and Ferris State. I had a brother who played at Ferris and before he committed to Ferris the family goal was the CCHA. He was hired by the Firebirds in 2015, when the franchise was sold and moved from Plymouth to Flint. Hennig said he enjoyed his time in Flint and loves the atmosphere at the Dort Financial Center but the CCHA opportunity was too good to pass up.mlive.com
American Hockey League planning for Feb. 5 start date
The American Hockey League announced Wednesday that it plans to drop the puck on its 2021 season on Feb. 5. “The American Hockey League Board of Governors has approved the structural framework for an AHL season that will begin on February 5, 2021,” he said in the statement. “Details are still being worked out, but this step allows our teams and their National Hockey League partners to better determine their plans for the coming season. We look forward to dropping the puck on Feb. 5.”The National Hockey League is planning to begin its season on Jan. 13, 2021. The NHL will also reduce the number of regular-season games to 56 in hopes of completing the season and crowning a Stanley Cup champion by May 8, 2021.mlive.com
NHL: Canadian teams able to start season in home arenas
FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, goals used by the NHL hockey club Nashville Predators are stored in a hallway in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The National Hockey League and players reached a tentative deal Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, to hold a 56-game season in 2021, pending the approval of each side's executive board and Canadian health officials. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)TORONTO, ONT – The NHL believes all seven Canadian teams will be able to start the season playing in their home arenas. The league has been involved in discussions with the five provincial governments that have NHL teams to try to gain approval to start play Jan. 13. The NHL realigned its divisions for the season so that the North Division — which features all seven Canadian teams — would not have to cross the U.S.-Canada border, which remains closed to non-essential travel until at least Jan. 21.
NHL schedule: 868 games in 116 days, back-to-backs and more
The league released a first-of-its kind schedule Wednesday featuring four realigned divisions based on geography and limited to division play only. Each team will play 56 regular-season games, which will be squeezed into what’s tentatively scheduled as a 116-day stretch ending on May 8. It includes an NHL first: An all-Canadian North Division made up the nation’s seven teams will play each other nine or 10 times. The NHL took into account the possibility of the ban being extended by having the Sharks open with eight straight road games. Arizona’s schedule features the Coyotes playing a league-high 10 consecutive home games, though the Coyotes will also play eight straight on the road at one point.
NHL Set For 56-Game Season In 2021
Hockey is set to return Jan. 13 after the NHL and players completed a deal Sunday to hold a 56-game season that would include playoffs lasting into July to award the Stanley Cup. The league’s Board of Governors voted to approve the agreement that was backed by the NHL Players’ Association executive board Friday night. “The National Hockey League looks forward to the opening of our 2020-21 season,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. The seven teams that didn’t make the playoffs last season can start as soon as Dec. 31. In the three U.S. divisions, teams will play eight times against each other.detroit.cbslocal.com
NHL season to start on Jan. 13; Red Wings can open camp Dec. 31
The Detroit Red Wings will be back on the ice as a team on Dec. 31 for the start of training camp after the NHL’s board of governors on Sunday approved a plan for a 56-game season to begin on Jan. 13. Under temporary realignment, the Red Wings will play in the Central Division along with Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Florida, Nashville and Tampa Bay. So the Red Wings will play eight games against each of the other seven Central Division clubs. The Pistons are not playing in front of fans at Little Caesars Arena, so that figures to be the case with the Red Wings as well. More:Dylan Larkin eager for season to startFilip Zadina, Filip Hronek return to Detroit to prepare for seasonmlive.com
NHL, players finalize agreement for 56-game season in 2021
The National Hockey League and players reached a tentative deal Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, to hold a 56-game season in 2021, pending the approval of each side's executive board and Canadian health officials. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)Hockey is set to return Jan. 13 after the NHL and players completed a deal Sunday to hold a 56-game season that would include playoffs lasting into July to award the Stanley Cup. The league's Board of Governors voted to approve the agreement that was backed by the NHL Players' Association executive board Friday night. The NHL completed last season in bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, with players, coaches and staff isolated from the general public and virus-tested daily. In the three U.S. divisions, teams will play eight times against each other.
AP source: NHL eyes division play only; Sharks to Arizona
FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, goals used by the NHL hockey club Nashville Predators are stored in a hallway in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)The NHL is preparing for a pandemic-altered regular season limited to divisional play while trying to determine if the league’s seven Canadian teams will be allowed to play in their country. The deal has already received support from the NHL Players’ Association, and features a 56-game regular season beginning Jan. 13. In an email to the AP, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly deferred questions to the Sharks regarding their status. As for the issues affecting the Canadian teams — Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver — Daly said they remain unresolved.
NHL, players reach tentative deal for 56-game season
The National Hockey League and players reached a tentative deal Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, to hold a 56-game season in 2021, pending the approval of each side's executive board and Canadian health officials. The NHL and players reached a tentative deal Friday to hold a 56-game season that would begin Jan. 13. Players on the NHLPA’s executive board call Friday night supported moving forward with the agreed upon terms, according to a person with knowledge of the meeting. Approval from health officials in the five Canadian provinces that have teams is still needed before the NHL can go ahead with the season. The NHL, like the NBA, finished its previous season in a quarantined bubble — two of them, one each in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta.
A software company used by major sports teams sees opportunity amid pandemic
Sportsdigita, an all-in-one cloud-based presentation software company owned by former National Hockey League executive Angelina Lawton, sees opportunity amid the pandemic as sports teams conduct business online instead of in person. Sportsdigita is a subscription-based software company that's seen growth since Covid-19 halted in-person meetings. It competes with other services, like Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Teams, both of which are included in an Office subscription. Lawton said the Sportsdigita's Digideck platform's professional services, which come with subscriptions, help it stand out against competitors. Lawton said the coronavirus pandemic sped up Sportsdigita's development cycle, too.cnbc.com
NHL postpones games in response to outcry for racial injustice awareness
The NHL’s Thursday and Friday playoff games have been postponed in response to the outcry for racial injustice awareness after a Black man was shot by police in Wisconsin. The league said this was the decision of the players not to play the games and that the NHL honors that decision. The NHLPA and the NHL are committed to working to foster more inclusive and welcoming environments within our arenas, offices and beyond.”Statement from the National Hockey League Players’ Association and National Hockey League. The NHL, meanwhile, went ahead with its Stanley Cup playoff games on Wednesday. NHL players did not boycott, and the league allowed the players to make that decision.
Sports world to Detroit fans: No, you have not yet suffered enough
Theyre easily one of the worst franchises in the NBA since 2009, making two fleeting playoff appearances as the No. Despite being one of the few cities with all four major professional sports teams, Detroit has had basically nothing to get excited about for years. Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after grounding out in the first inning while playing the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park on August 14, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Then the sporting world delivered a not-so-subtle reminder that, no, Detroit, your suffering is not over just yet. Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal and whichever other prospects the Tigers decide to call up before the end of the 2020 season are the only reason for Detroit fans to tune in now, other than the sheer love of the game.
NHL, union announce plan to resume play on Aug. 1
FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith warms up for the team's NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets in Edmonton, Alberta. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press on Sunday, July 5, that the NHL and NHL Players Association have agreed on protocols to resume the season. Daly said the sides are still negotiating a collective bargaining agreement extension. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)The National Hockey League and NHL Players Association have reached a tentative agreement to return to play this season and extend their collective bargaining agreement. Training camps would open July 13 and games would resume Aug. 1 if approved by the leagues board of governors and players executive committee and full membership.
The Latest: NHL says 26 players have reported positive tests
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The National Hockey League says a total of 26 players have reported testing positive for the new coronavirus since voluntary workouts began June 8. The league says its aware of 11 other players testing positive outside the voluntary workout protocol. The NHL said more than 250 players who worked out at team facilities were administered more than 1,450 COVID-19 tests. The league and players are in the final stages of agreeing to resume the season. NASCAR moved Champions Week to Nashville in 2019 from Las Vegas.
NHL commissioner to hold return-to-play news conference today
Commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to offer details on the NHLs return to play during a news conference at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Insiders say Bettman will discuss the 24-team format agreement reached by the NHL and the NHLPA players union. From the NHL: ``National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman will make an announcement today at 4:30 p.m. Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) May 26, 2020PROGRAMMING NOTE:@NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will appear on NBCSN today to make an announcement about the league's Return To Play Plan. ET NBCSN NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) May 26, 2020It is expected the details of the NHL draft and draft lottery timing/format will be part of todays big reveal by the NHL on RTP format(s).
NHL plans move to small-group training as Phase 2 of return
TORONTO, ONT The NHL hopes to have players back in team facilities soon -- with plenty of precautions. It has not yet been determined when precisely Phase 2 will start or how long it may last, the said read. Teams are not allowed to require a player to return to a club's home city to complete any necessary quarantine measures before the workouts begin. The NHL/NHLPA Return to Play Committee has been hashing out details of what the game will look like if it's allowed to return this summer. Most NHL players have not been on the ice since the league halted its schedule, although some, including a number of Swedish players who returned home, have been skating in recent weeks.