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Today in Sports, October 5 - Barry Bonds sets a new mark for home runs in a single season, hitting 71 and 72
The Dallas Stars have every reason to anticipate the opportunity to go deep into the playoffs again this season. They have the core group of players back.
The Anaheim Ducks are mired in the longest playoff drought in franchise history as they head into the season under new coach Greg Cronin.
The Los Angeles Kings have built a roster capable of competing for a Pacific Division title along with a solid core of veterans and youngsters.
The Arizona Coyotes have amassed a solid group of skilled young players to build toward a better future.
The San Jose Sharks are coming off their worst season in more than a quarter-century. The team is in a rebuilding stage following a 15-season run as a perennial contender.
The Vegas Golden Knights fulfilled owner Bill Foley’s pledge to win the Stanley Cup in six years. They bring back all but Reilly Smith from among those who skated in the Stanley Cup Final.
The Colorado Avalanche used 43 different players in an injury-filled 2022-23 regular season but rallied late to capture their third straight division champion.
The Seattle Kraken surprised most of the NHL by hanging near the top of the Pacific Division, making the playoffs and knocking out defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado in the opening round last season.
The NHL’s stacked Central Division has the Stanley Cup favorite in Colorado and a team on the rise in Dallas coming off a trip to the Western Conference final.
The St. Louis Blues are hoping to contend for the playoffs this season after their postseason streak ended last spring.
The Nashville Predators have a new general manager for the first time since the franchise’s start as an expansion team.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will open the season without injured star goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, but much of the core of a team two years removed from winning back-to-back Stanley Cup titles remains intact and motivated to remain among the NHL’s elite.
The Carolina Hurricanes are determined to make the step from perennial contender to Stanley Cup champion.
For the first time since the turn of the century, the New Jersey Devils have to be considered legitimate contenders for the Stanley Cup.
Trevor Zegras and the Anaheim Ducks have agreed to a contract extension, keeping the dynamic center in the fold for at least three more seasons.
The Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers look like the class of the Metropolitan Division. After that, there are a lot of questions.
Alex Ovechkin is back at age 38 for another season with the Washington Capitals. He needs 73 goals to break Wayne Gretzky’s NHL record of 894 that long seemed unapproachable.
A long-awaited shakeup of the Atlantic Division’s traditional pecking order might finally be approaching with young, retooled teams such as Buffalo and Ottawa finally appearing set to contend.
The Detroit Red Wings might finally have enough talent to end a seven-year postseason drought, which matches their longest in franchise history.
The Eastern Conference champion Florida Panthers have one goal this season. It’s obvious. A team that played for the Stanley Cup last spring wants another shot at hockey’s biggest prize.
A New York Rangers team with championship aspirations is on its third coach in four years after Gerard Gallant was fired following two 100-point seasons.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are hoping for a return to normalcy after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2006 last spring.
Rasmus Dahlin and the Sabres aren’t running away from rising expectations in Buffalo that the team is finally ready to contend and end the team’s NHL-worst 12-season playoff drought.
The Philadelphia Flyers overhauled their front office, moved on from several veterans and are relying on young players in a rebuilding season.
Going into the second season under Lambert, the New York Islanders will again rely on the defense-first mentality.
The Columbus Blue Jackets hope to improve on a horrendous season plagued by too many injuries to key players for coach Brad Larsen to keep his job.
The Boston Bruins have won the Presidents Trophy twice in four seasons and figure to have another successful regular season.
The Stanley Cup resides in Sin City for now. The Vegas Golden Knights head into the NHL season as defending champions.
New Anaheim Ducks forward Alex Killorn will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a broken finger.