Fantasy defenseman top 50 rankings for 2018-19

Fantasy defenseman top 50 rankings for 2018-19

NHL.com's fantasy hockey defenseman top 50 rankings are based on past production and expectations for the rest of the season in standard Yahoo leagues. For more fantasy hockey coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy.   MORE FANTASY COVERAGE: Top 200 | 100 'F' | 25 'G' | Lines | Tracker   FANTASY TOP 50 DEFENSEMAN RANKINGS Standard Yahoo categories…
Bishop to start for Stars against Panthers, has shutout streak of 230:53

Bishop to start for Stars against Panthers, has shutout streak of 230:53

Ben Bishop will return to the lineup when the Dallas Stars host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday (8:30 p.m. ET; FS-SW, FS-F, NHL.TV). The 32-year-old goalie sustained a lower-body injury in a 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday and left the game with a 3-0 lead. He has not allowed a goal in…
Neal returns to practice for Flames

Neal returns to practice for Flames

CALGARY -- James Neal, who has missed 14 games because of an upper-body injury, returned to practice Monday for the Calgary Flames. The forward could return to the lineup as early as Thursday against the Ottawa Senators (9 p.m. ET; RDS2, SNW, TSN5, NHL.TV).  The Flames became the first team from the Western Conference to…
Stanley Cup Playoffs primer: Eastern Conference

Stanley Cup Playoffs primer: Eastern Conference

There are three weeks remaining in the NHL regular season, and the race for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference is extremely tight. The Tampa Bay Lightning are on the verge of clinching the Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference and Presidents' Trophy, while the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals are tied for first…
Blackhawks lose to Canucks in OT but gain in wild-card race

Blackhawks lose to Canucks in OT but gain in wild-card race

Bo Horvat ended the Chicago Blackhawks' five-game winning streak by scoring 16 seconds into overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory at United Center on Monday. Patrick Kane had two assists, including his 100th point on the season, and Corey Crawford made 31 saves for Chicago (32-30-10), which trails the Arizona Coyotes by…
Jets stifle Kings, increase lead in Central Division

Jets stifle Kings, increase lead in Central Division

LOS ANGELES -- Kyle Connor had a goal and an assist, and the Winnipeg Jets eliminated the Los Angeles Kings from Stanley Cup Playoff contention with a 3-2 win at Staples Center on Monday. Tyler Myers and Kevin Hayes scored for the Jets (43-25-4), who have won three in a row and lead the Nashville…
Sharks fail to clinch playoff berth again with loss to Golden Knights

Sharks fail to clinch playoff berth again with loss to Golden Knights

SAN JOSE -- Reilly Smith had a goal and three assists, and the Vegas Golden Knights prevented the San Jose Sharks from clinching a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 7-3 win at SAP Center on Monday. Jonathan Marchessault had two goals and two assists for Vegas (41-27-5), which has won nine of…
Five Questions with Boomer Esiason

Five Questions with Boomer Esiason

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" will run every Tuesday through the 2018-19 regular 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 NFL analyst, talk-show co-host and celebrity hockey fan Boomer Esiason. Norman…
Watson reinstated to Predators

Watson reinstated to Predators

NEW YORK/TORONTO - The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today that Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson has been returned to available status and has entered the follow-up care phase of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (SABH) Program. Watson's care continues to be administered pursuant to the NHL/NHLPA…
‘Simpsons’ producers pay homage to Flames in recent esports episode

‘Simpsons’ producers pay homage to Flames in recent esports episode

The Calgary Flames have been anything but lame this season, and that's why some writers of "The Simpsons" felt their fans could take a joke. In the Season 30 episode "E My Sports," which aired on Sunday, the Flames were referred to as the Calgary Lames, an esports team that was defeated by the Evergreen…

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