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5mJoe McDonald

Chara's unique character makes him special to league

A unique and thoughtful person, Zdeno Chara has proved his importance to the game beyond being captain of the Bruins.

Talbot, Oilers seeking playoff berth (2:29)
45mJohn Buccigross

Buccigross: Happy hockey new year

The hockey new year is upon us, so let's dive into predictions for standout rookies, how some intriguing teams look so far, early playoff projections and the top 10 college teams in the land.


Morning 3-on-3: An ugly start in Boston

In Tuesday's Morning 3-on-3, we look at the pressure already mounting for the Boston Bruins and whether coach Claude Julien deserves to be on the hot seat after an offseason of uncertainty.

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Waivers list for Oct. 13, 2015

As the regular season gains momentum and teams continue shuffling their rosters, the following players were placed on waivers.

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1dPierre LeBrun

Brodeur learning from bottom up with Blues

Since retiring as a player, Martin Brodeur has begun soaking up as much as he can about how to run a hockey team, and Brodeur's willingness to pay his dues has impressed his boss in St. Louis.

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3hMatthew Coller

What the Sabres should do in goal

With their No. 1 goalie out for six to 10 weeks, should the Sabres trade for a veteran or rely on Chad Johnson and one of their young prospects? Matthew Coller of Hockey Prospectus examines.

Eichel fires a laser (0:24)
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1dCourtesy of the NHL

NHL's 3 stars: Abdelkader, Lindberg, Smith

Detroit's Justin Abdelkader, New York's Oscar Lindberg and Arizona's Mike Smith were named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 11.

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Power Rankings: Shuffling the deck

Our first regular-season Power Rankings for 2015-16 are a wild diversion from the preseason rankings. So many changes in such a short amount of time!

Stamkos' free agency period will be huge (0:59)

Hockey Today: 2015-2016 Season Preview

Scott Burnside returns to discuss the start of the 2015-16 NHL season and is joined by Craig Custance, Joe McDonald, Scott Powers and Pierre LeBrun.

Crosby: McDavid can handle high expectations (1:42)
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6dScott Burnside

Burnside: This is a season for the ages

This game-changing season gets off to a roaring start Wednesday night, with two big-name rookies joining a league readying for expansion, eyeing the World Cup and debuting exciting rule changes.

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Experts' predictions for the 2015-16 NHL season

Which player is going to come away with the big trophy haul this season? Is your team going to win the Stanley Cup? Our experts weigh in with their predictions.

Remember when you were a rookie? (2:24)
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7dPaul Grant

NHL ABCs - 26 lines about 30 teams

To help you get up to speed on what's new before the first faceoff, we've got the ABCs of the biggest storylines you need to know about this season.


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After missing Monday's game due to a concussion, Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand returned to practice Tuesday in a limited capacity. He will travel with the team on its first road trip of the season.

Alex Ovechkin a game-time call

The Capitals star missed today's morning skate for personal reasons and is a game-time decision for tonight's game against the Sharks, according to coach Barry Trotz. Ovechkin had a goal and an assist in Washington's opener on Saturday.

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Cam Neely on Zdeno Chara: "A great leader doesn't want to have followers. A great leader wants to make other great leaders."

Hurricanes' Wisniewski channels Batman

Carolina D James Wisniewski is expected to be out six months after ACL surgery, but isn't letting that get him down, tweeting today: "Just out of surgery and ready to save the world #batman #flyinghigh."