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Golden Knights ready for first game on home ice

Expansion team to host Kings in preseason matchup at T-Mobile Arena

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- Cody Eakin visited T-Mobile Arena for the first time Sept. 16. He went to see the boxing match between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, so there was no ice, no boards, no glass, different lighting.

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5 things learned from Sept. 25 preseason games

Matthews gets hat trick for Maple Leafs; Hischier strengthens case to make Devils

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

Now that the 16-day, 109-game preseason schedule has begun, it's time to take a closer look at the players, teams and stories that are making headlines in the weeks leading up to the start of the regular season on Oct. 4.

Here are five things we learned from the preseason games Monday:

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Hockeyville Canada

Devils' youth on full display in win at Hockeyville

Zacha, Hischier put on show against Senators

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / Director of Editorial

SUMMERSIDE, Prince Edward Island -- The New Jersey Devils' youth brigade put on a show during an 8-1 win against the Ottawa Senators at the 2017 Kraft Hockeyville preseason game at Credit Union Place on Monday.

Pavel Zacha, a first-round pick (No. 6) in the 2015 NHL Draft, had two goals in the first period. Nico Hischier, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, had a goal (his third in as many games) and an assist. John Quenneville, a first-round pick (No. 30) in the 2014 NHL Draft, had two power-play goals in 29 seconds during the second period. The Devils scored the game's first seven goals.

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Drouin day to day for Canadiens with 'muscular thing'

Coach Julien not concerned upper-body injury could be long-term issue

by Dave McCarthy / Correspondent

TORONTO -- Center Jonathan Drouin is day to day with an upper-body injury and did not play for the Montreal Canadiens in a 5-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Ricoh Coliseum on Monday.

"It's a muscular thing and it was more out of precaution for tonight than anything else," coach Claude Julien said. "He was scheduled to play, he was fine this morning, and then just after practice we chose to take the safe route and do that. So, it's day to day, muscular, upper body."

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Season Preview

Canadiens hoping Drouin can spark offense

Expect addition of forward, reworked defense will lead to deep playoff run

by Sean Farrell / Correspondent

The Montreal Canadiens are looking to Jonathan Drouin to provide a spark they hope will lead to more timely offense.

The cost of acquiring the 22-year-old forward in a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning on June 15 was Montreal's top prospect, defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, who was the No. 9 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. 

But the opportunity to add one of the most talented young Quebec-born players in the NHL proved irresistible to general manager Marc Bergevin. The Canadiens have won one Stanley Cup Playoff series since 2014, when they reached the Eastern Conference Final.

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Season Preview

Predators face challenges in bid for return to Cup Final

Depth on defense will be tested with Ellis sidelined to start season

by Robby Stanley / Correspondent

The Nashville Predators want to build on the momentum from last season and put themselves in position to return to the Stanley Cup Final. 

One major area of emphasis during the regular season will be consistency after they had to scramble to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second wild card from the Western Conference in 2016-17.

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Season Preview

Devils hope revamped roster leads to success

Hischier, Johansson among additions counted on to improve on last-place finish in East

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

The New Jersey Devils have gone through a transformation with the goal of ending their five-season Stanley Cup Playoff drought.

After finishing last in the Eastern Conference with 70 points (28-40-14), the Devils selected center Nico Hischier with the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, acquired versatile forward Marcus Johansson in a trade with the Washington Capitals, added free agent forwards Brian Boyle and Drew Stafford, and signed defenseman prospect Will Butcher, the winner of the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in NCAA Division I men's hockey in 2016-17.

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Sept. 25: NHL Preseason Roundup

Matthews gets hat trick, Maple Leafs defeat Canadiens @NHL

Matthews tallies hat trick

MTL@TOR: Matthews completes hat trick on breakaway

Auston Matthews walks in alone, dekes, then sends a wrister through the five-hole to notch a hat trick and extend the Maple Leafs' lead to 4-1

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Auston Matthews had a hat trick, and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto on Monday.

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Five Questions With...

Five Questions with Kevin Shattenkirk

Rangers defenseman discusses living out childhood dream, pressure of first season in New York

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" will run every Tuesday throughout the 2017-18 season. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk:

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Player Safety

Desjardins suspended for two Rangers preseason games

Forward disciplined by NHL for illegal check to head of Devils forward Wood

by NHL Dept. of Player Safety @NHLPlayerSafety /

Desjardins suspended two games

Desjardins suspended two games for illegal checking

New York Rangers forward Andrew Desjardins has been suspended two games for an illegal check to New Jersey Devils defenseman Miles Wood

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NEW YORK - New York Rangers forward Andrew Desjardins has been suspended for two preseason games for an illegal check to the head of New Jersey Devils forward Miles Wood during NHL Preseason Game No. 55 in New Jersey on Saturday, Sept. 23, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

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free agency

NHL Free Agent Tracker

Complete list of signings by team, available players @NHL

One-stop shop for a comprehensive list of all 2017 NHL free agents and signings, including stories and analysis.

NOTE: Some of these players may have recently signed with their respective club; however, their contracts had not yet been filed with the League.

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Short Shifts

Golden Knights season-ticket holders have names embedded in home ice

Vegas shows appreciation for fan base in a very unique way @NHL

Now that's a cool honor.

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Top Players

#NHLTopPlayers: Nos. 20-11

NHL Network reveals best of current crop @NHL

As the offseason winds down, NHL Network is getting you ready for this season by ranking the top 50 players in the League. NHL Network researchers, producers and on-air personalities compiled the list, continuing with players 11-20. Here is their list.

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