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Stars' Johns activated after missing 22 months
The Dallas Stars activated Stephen Johns before their game Saturday night in Minnesota, clearing the way for the defenseman's first game in almost 22 months.[read more]

Panthers goalie Driedger to miss several weeks
Florida goalie Chris Driedger will miss several weeks with what's believed to be a groin injury, the latest health issue at that position for the Panthers.[read more]

Slurpees, smoothies and scoring: Inside Cale Makar's quick transition to NHL stardom
After an impressive playoff call-up last spring, the defenseman -- who models his persona on Jarome Iginla -- is on fire in his first full season.[read more]

Predators' Arvidsson hit with $2K fine for diving
The Predators' Viktor Arvidsson has been fined $2,000 by the NHL under the league's rules regarding diving and embellishment.[read more]

NHL All-Star Weekend to include Chel Gaming Challenge pro-am event
All-Stars, elite women's players, pro gamers, streamers and more will compete in St. Louis this year.[read more]

Hurricanes D Hamilton breaks bone in left leg
Carolina Hurricanes All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton has a broken bone in his left leg.[read more]

Bruins waive veteran Backes, send him to minors
The Boston Bruins have waived 14-year veteran David Backes. The 35-year-old Backes has just one goal and two assists in 16 games with the Bruins this season.[read more]

Stars' Johns nears return after 22-month absence
Stars defenseman Stephen Johns, who hasn't played in an NHL game since March 2018 because of post-traumatic headaches, will likely return to action Saturday.[read more]

Bruins' Rask lands on IR due to concussion
The Bruins placed goaltender Tuukka Rask on injured reserve Thursday, two days after he took an elbow to the head and suffered a concussion in a 3-0 loss to the Blue Jackets.[read more]

NHL experts buy/sell Panarin as a Hart finalist, Ovechkin winning the shots title, more
Our panel checks in on a handful of hot topics around the league, including scoring races, goaltender trades and more.[read more]