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The Most Notable Storylines from the NHL Pre-Season

The pre-season doesn't mean a ton in the grand scheme of things, but a couple standout storylines have kept things interesting with just a few days to go before the 2021-22 NHL regular season.

The pre-season doesn't mean a ton in the grand scheme of things, but a couple standout storylines have kept things interesting with just a few days to go before the 2021-22 NHL regular season.

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Giordano's Impact Not Ignored by Maple Leafs

Giordano isn’t at the peak he was at when he won the James Norris Trophy in 2019, but his importance to Toronto's blueline – aided by a very cap-friendly deal – is notable for a variety of reasons.

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Men's World Championship Roundup: GB, Italy Relegated; Denmark Wins Major Upset

Italy and Great Britain have been relegated from the men's World Hockey Championship, while Denmark pulled off a historic upset over Canada and Czechia shut out USA with one day remaining in round-robin play.

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The Lightning are Beating the Panthers at their Own Game

The Florida Panthers won a Presidents' Trophy thanks to their offensive depth. Now, the Tampa Bay Lightning have turned it against them at the worst possible time.