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Stanley Cup Qualifiers schedule

Round-robin, best-of-5 series begin Aug. 1 in Toronto, Edmonton

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Here is the day-by-day and series-by-series schedule for the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers. All Eastern Conference games will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto; Western Conference games will be held at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

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Top Players

#NHLTopPlayers: Top Goalies, Nos. 10-6

NHL Network reveals best of current crop

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

From Stanley Cup champions to Vezina Trophy winners to all-stars, the NHL has many great goalies. NHL Network producers and analysts chose the top 10 goalies in the League right now, and Nos. 10-6 were revealed Tuesday in the first of an eight-part series featured on "NHL Tonight." Here is the list:

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Exhibition schedule for Stanley Cup Qualifiers

Teams will play 12 games over three days in hub cities

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Here is the exhibition game schedule for the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers. All Eastern Conference games will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto; all Western Conference games will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

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The Buzz

Training Camp Buzz: Shaw won't play for Blackhawks

Weber misses practice for Canadiens; Flyers hope to have Gostisbehere for playoffs

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Welcome to the Training Camp Buzz. The 24 teams who will be competing for the Stanley Cup began training camp at their facilities Monday. The teams are scheduled to head to their respective hub cities (Toronto for the 12 Eastern Conference teams, Edmonton for the 12 Western Conference teams), on July 26, with the Stanley Cup Qualifiers set to begin Aug. 1.

Here's a look around the League at the latest from training camp:

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Crawford ruled 'unfit to play' by Blackhawks

Started final eight games before pause, is one of five goalies listed on training camp roster

by Tracey Myers @Tramyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Corey Crawford was ruled "unfit to play" and is not practicing with the Chicago Blackhawks at training camp. 

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Bobrovsky looking for fresh start for Panthers in Stanley Cup Qualifiers

Goalie struggled in first season after signing seven-year contract

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Sergei Bobrovsky's first regular season with the Florida Panthers did not live up to expectations, but the goalie said he is looking for a fresh start in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

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McDavid, Oilers will use memory of Cave as inspiration in Qualifiers

'We're going to play for Colby,' captain says of teammate, who died April 11

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Connor McDavid said the Edmonton Oilers will use the memory of teammate Colby Cave as inspiration in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

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Eller plans to leave Capitals during Qualifiers for birth of son

Center permitted to travel home from Eastern Conference hub under Phase 4 protocols

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Lars Eller said he plans to leave the Washington Capitals during the Stanley Cup Qualifiers so he can be there when his son is born.

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NHL Awards

Ted Lindsay Award finalists announced

Draisaitl, MacKinnon, Panarin up for outstanding player as voted by NHLPA

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

Leon Draisaitl, Nathan MacKinnon and Artemi Panarin were named finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award on Tuesday.

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Fantasy forward top 100 rankings for 2020 Stanley Cup

NHL.com lists best options at position for pools counting 24-team tournament

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

NHL.com ranks the top 100 forwards for fantasy hockey playoff pools that count the Stanley Cup Qualifiers and entire 24-team tournament. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.

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NHL Insider

Letang says Penguins defensemen among best he's played with

Entering Qualifiers looking to 'solidify what we've been able to accomplish in Pittsburgh'

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

CRANBERRY, Pa. -- Kris Letang said the Pittsburgh Penguins defensemen are among the best he's played with in his 14 NHL seasons.

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Sorokin agrees to terms with Islanders through next season

Goalie ineligible to play this season, can become restricted free agent after 2020-21

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Ilya Sorokin agreed to terms on a one-year, entry-level contract and a one-year contract extension for the 2020-21 season with the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

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Ovechkin grateful for chance to win Stanley Cup again with Capitals

Forward confident Washington can make another run under unusual circumstances

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Alex Ovechkin said he is grateful the NHL figured out a way to award the Stanley Cup this season and that he believes the Washington Capitals have a good chance to win it.

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NHL Insider

Boeser says report of potential trade from Canucks 'really unnecessary'

GM Benning has 'no intention' of dealing forward to help with NHL salary cap

by Kevin Woodley / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Brock Boeser was excited to be on the ice Monday when the Vancouver Canucks opened training camp, but the forward said he was not thrilled to be mentioned as a potential trade candidate in a report three days earlier.

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Fleury does not participate at Golden Knights training camp

Goalie sits out second day, no timetable given for return, DeBoer says

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Marc-Andre Fleury did not participate with the Vegas Golden Knights for a second straight day at training camp on Tuesday.

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Kings launch initiative to make hockey more inclusive

Aims to combat racism as part of alliance with other Los Angeles-area pro teams

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Los Angeles Kings launched an inclusion initiative Tuesday that's designed to help eradicate racism in hockey and beyond, as well as to build equity in sports.

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NHL Insider

Pietrangelo hopes he'll sign contract to remain with Blues

Defenseman in final season of deal with defending champions entering Qualifiers

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. -- Alex Pietrangelo said he remains hopeful that he will sign a contract to remain with the St. Louis Blues.

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Matthews 'feeling healthy' for Maple Leafs after positive COVID-19 test

Full participant on first day of camp after asymptomatic for virus

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Auston Matthews was a full participant for the Toronto Maple Leafs in training camp Monday after he tested positive for COVID-19 last month.

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Krug preparing to possibly become free agent, wants to stay with Bruins

Defenseman getting set for Cup Qualifiers in final season of four-year contract

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

Torey Krug said he has to prepare for the possibility that he will become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

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fantasy

NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast available now

Impact of Sorokin, Kaprizov signings; training camp updates; Stanley Cup odds

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy

The NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast is your go-to source for year-round fantasy advice, DFS and gambling picks and analytical analysis. For more fantasy hockey coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy.

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free agency

Perunovich, Hobey Baker winner, agrees to contract with Blues

Defenseman gets two years beginning next season

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Scott Perunovich agreed to terms on a two-year, entry-level contract with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday that will begin next season.

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Rantanen on top line for first day of Avalanche training camp

Skates with MacKinnon, Landeskog; missed final 12 games before pause with shoulder injury

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

Mikko Rantanen reunited with Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog on the top line when the Colorado Avalanche opened training camp Monday.

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NHL Insider

Top 20 Cup Final games since 2000: No. 7

Sykora scores in third overtime, Penguins defeat Red Wings in 2008 Game 5

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

As the NHL prepares for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the NHL.com staff selected the best 20 Stanley Cup Final games since 2000. Our 15-writer panel nominated 44 games for consideration before each member voted for his or her favorite 20 from that list. Each favorite game was awarded 20 points, with the selections that followed receiving one fewer point each and so on, down to one point for each 20th-favorite game. Today, we look at Game 5 of the 2008 Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings, which was on 13 ballots and received 147 points.

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Short Shifts

UMass-Boston players skating 900 miles for cancer research

Jake Adkins, Andy Walker trying to go from Massachusetts to Michigan in 10 days

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Two UMass-Boston hockey players are conditioning for a good cause.

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Maple Leafs wear Black Lives Matter shirts in return to training camp

Players committed to spreading message of equality and social justice for everyone

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Toronto Maple Leafs made a powerful statement for social justice and equality on Monday when they returned to training camp.

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free agency

Terry signs three-year contract with Ducks

Forward could have become restricted free agent after this season

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Troy Terry signed a three-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.

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Lundqvist well prepared, looking to reclaim No. 1 job for Rangers

Worked on game 'technically, physically and mentally' after making four starts in two months prior to pause

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, NY. -- Henrik Lundqvist is doing everything he can to win his old job back.

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Blue Jackets unsure on starting goalie for Qualifiers, Tortorella says

Korpisalo, Merzlikins will battle for spot in camp; Jones, Bjorkstrand healthy after ankle injuries

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- John Tortorella said he doesn't know whether Joonas Korpisalo or Elvis Merzlikins will start for the Columbus Blue Jackets when they begin their series against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

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Rinne ready to compete with Saros for No. 1 job with Predators

Goalie started four of Nashville's final 19 games, understands he 'wasn't playing as strong'

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Pekka Rinne said he knows he will have to beat out Juuse Saros in training camp if he wants to be the starting goalie for the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

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Avalanche will name starting goalie prior to Stanley Cup Playoffs

Grubauer, Francouz will compete during training camp, scrimmages, exhibition, round-robin games, Bednar says

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

The Colorado Avalanche won't decide on a starting goalie until the first game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, coach Jared Bednar said Monday.

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