Inside the NHL’s Finnish invasion, and what comes next

There are a record 43 Finns who have made NHL rosters this season, and many of them are stars for their teams. What led to this talent explosion? – NHL

The NHL’s best Halloween costumes for 2018

Which superstars dressed up as Homer Simpson, the Night King, the Beast and Shrek? We run down our favorites from this year. – NHL

Ranking the NHL’s best lines

Taylor Hall, Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri are off to a hot start for the Devils. Where do they rank among the entire league’s best trios? – NHL

Who is the NHL’s greatest goal scorer ever?

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin wows us with highlights night after night, but is he the best of all time? – NHL

Top 25 under 25: Ranking the NHL’s best young players

Who are the NHL’s best under the age of 25? Chris Peters ranks his top 25, including a pair of Columbus blueliners. – NHL

Coconut on ice: The NHL’s strange love affair

It’s now the go-to form of hydration for athletes at the highest level. Here’s how that happened — and how widespread coconut water fever has become. – NHL

Hayley Wickenheiser and the search for the NHL’s first female GM

The Canadian icon has been hired as Toronto’s assistant direct of player development. Next stop, a GM job? Here are the women who could do it. – NHL

Core control: Ranking the NHL’s locked-in young talent

Looking strictly at players 27 or younger and under contract for at least three more seasons, which NHL teams have the best young cores in the game? – NHL

The NHL’s future in esports

After a successful inaugural NHL Gaming World Championship, the league’s next steps include getting all 31 teams involved. Here’s what comes next. – NHL

Ranking the NHL’s top 50 (plus) free agents

With the market set to open July 1, we sort the players available into four groups: best bets, smart gambles, boom or busts, and bad investments. – NHL

Golden Knights’ French connection is NHL’s most interesting man

French forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare speaks three languages, spent a year in medical school and finally made the NHL at age 29. Now he’s playing with house money in Vegas. – NHL

Patrik Laine is the NHL’s newest teen sensation

Patrik Laine is only 19, but his disarming candor, booming shot and scruffy beard have already earned the Winnipeg winger a legion of fans on two continents. – NHL

Weekly Reader: Evgeni Malkin is NHL’s most underappreciated superstar

Despite being one of the NHL’s best players, Evgeni Malkin doesn’t get as much love for the Hart Trophy as we think he should. Plus, Jersey Fouls of the Week, Sidney Crosby’s potential future as a coach, the intersection of wrestling and hockey, and more. – NHL

Ranking the top trade season deals of the NHL’s salary cap era

With the cap in place since 2005-06, it’s no longer enough for teams to get the right players, as financial considerations must be kept in mind for that season and down the line. Here are the 10 best examples of teams that have struck the perfect balance. – NHL

The NHL’s Olympics decision costs Team USA shot at gold

It is better to have played and lost than to have never played at all. Thus, there’s nothing worse than knowing that the U.S. men’s national Olympic ice hockey team had its best shot in years to win gold — and that’s been ripped away. – NHL

Which of the NHL’s division leaders are most vulnerable?

Heading into the annual NHL holiday roster freeze, the Lightning, Capitals, Predators and Golden Knights lead their respective divisions. History suggests that only two of these teams will remain in first place when the season ends, but which ones? – NHL

The NHL’s most underrated players — according to their peers

ESPN canvassed locker rooms to find out which players don’t get enough credit. We start with a rising young two-way center playing in the Sunshine State. – NHL

Weekly Reader: The NHL’s top 5 line combinations

Watching three players form a juggernaut is one of those “unique-to-hockey” things we take for granted, so we ranked the best current trios. Plus, why Quebec City is on the outside looking in and the story behind that shirtless Jumbo Joe bobblehead. – NHL

One-week, one-month and one-year fixes for NHL’s struggling teams

Some teams at the bottom of the standings are already turning to the future, and others are looking for measures that will get them back in the playoff race. Here are the smart short- and long-term fixes for eight struggling clubs. – NHL