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16:07  02 october  2017
16:07  02 october  2017 Source:   theScore

Hernandez sets Blue Jays' rookie HR record for September

  Hernandez sets Blue Jays' rookie HR record for September A power surge has come from an unexpected source for the Toronto Blue Jays. Teoscar Hernandez didn't make hisBlue Jays debut until Sept. 1, and he didn't hit his first home run until the 10th. Teoscar Hernandez didn't make hisBlue Jays debut until Sept. 1, and he didn't hit his first home run until the 10th. But after blasting two long balls Tuesday night against the Boston Red Sox - including one against the often unhittable Chris Sale - he's clubbed five in as many games.

The 2017 – 18 NHL season is the 101st season of operation (100th season of play) of the National Hockey League . With the addition of a new expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights, 31 teams compete in an 82-game regular season .

Welcome to theScore ' s NHL expansion concept, where we bring the league 's flirtation with the process to reality. All that said, it's fun to look ahead, imagine what might be possible, and crystal-ball 2017 - 18 . So with that: Spring 2017 is an exciting time in the NHL .

The NHL season is fast approaching, and theScore's hockey editors are previewing the upcoming campaign from a multitude of angles. Here's everything you need to know before the puck drops on opening night:

Predictions

  • Atlantic Division
  • Metropolitan Division
  • Central Division
  • Pacific Division
  • Debate: Who will win the Stanley Cup in 2018?

  • Predicting the NHL's top 5 scorers (Oct. 2)
  • Predicting the 2018 NHL Awards (Oct. 3)
  • 5 bold predictions for the 2017-18 NHL season (Oct. 4)

  • Simulating the season in 'NHL 18'

Positional previews

  • 5 teams that will boast lethal offenses this season
  • The NHL's top 4 defense corps heading into 2017-18
  • 3 goalies who'll be on a short leash

Nolan Patrick cracks Flyers' opening night roster

  Nolan Patrick cracks Flyers' opening night roster This year's second overall selection, Nolan Patrick, has cracked the Philadelphia Flyers opening night roster, according to general manager Ron Hextall. The news doesn't come as too much of a surprise given Patrick entered this year's draft as the No. 1 rated prospect by NHL Central Scouting. Nevertheless, the 19-year-old had a fairly underwhelming preseason offensively, wherein he tallied just three assists in six games with his biggest highlight coming when he dropped the gloves with Boston Bruins forward David Krejci this past Thursday.

Home >> Anaheim Ducks >> Anaheim Ducks Primer for 2017 - 18 . During his rookie season in 1992-93, Selanne won the Calder Trophy after scoring an NHL record 76 goals.

It includes broadcast and cable shows renewed beyond the 2016-17 season as well as cable series and summer broadcast shows whose next cycles will come before the official start of the 2017 - 18 season .

Playoff picks

  • 3 teams that will be back in the playoffs this season
  • 3 teams that won't make it back to the playoffs in 2018

Production projections

  • 3 players likely to regress this season
  • 5 young players poised to break out this season
  • 5 overpaid players who have to produce
  • 5 offseason signings that will prove to be steals

Preseason plotlines

  • 4 burning questions as the preseason winds down
  • 5 players who have plenty riding on their preseason performances
  • 5 rookies turning heads in the preseason
  • 3 prospects who can improve their fate with a strong training camp

Offseason overview

  theScore's primer for the 2017-18 NHL season © Mark Blinch / National Hockey League / Getty

  • Ranking the NHL offseason's 5 best signings
  • 5 questionable offseason NHL signings
  • 5 players who will benefit most from their club's offseason moves
  • 3 players who are going to look really weird in their new jerseys

Aaron Judge rules 2017 jersey sales

  Aaron Judge rules 2017 jersey sales Baseball fans love the Judge. New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, whose remarkable campaign has put him in contention for both American League Rookie of the Year and MVP, had the best-selling jersey of the 2017 season, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Tuesday. © Brad Penner / Reuters Rounding out the five top-selling jerseys in order were Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.The 25-year-old Judge led the AL in home runs with 52 and swatted .284/.422/.

The 2016–17 NHL season was the 100th season of operation (99th season of play) of the National Hockey League . Thirty teams were competing in an 82-game regular season from October 12, 2016, to April 9, 2017 .

CBS Sports hockey writer Cody Benjamin previews the 2017 - 18 season for the Chicago Blackhawks. 2017 - 18 NHL Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets.

Mark your calendars

  • 7 games to circle on the 2017-18 NHL schedule
  • 5 reasons to look forward to the 2017-18 season

The pressure's on

  • The biggest challenge facing every Canadian NHL team
  • 3 head coaches on the hot seat entering 2017-18 season
  • 5 GMs on the hot seat entering 2017-18 season
  • 3 teams facing significant injury trouble to begin the season
  • Reality vs. Illusion: Are the Maple Leafs in for a major regression?

Looking on the bright side

  • Season in a sentence: 1 positive storyline for every NHL team
  • 3 reasons why the Hurricanes will end their 8-year playoff drought
  • 3 ways the Blues can recover from Fabbri's season-ending injury
  • 10 NHLers likely to rebound in 2018
  • 5 reasons the 2016-17 season was one to remember

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Yakupov matches last season's goal total with 3rd in 2 games vs. Bruins .
If Nail Yakupov could play against the Boston Bruins all season, he might have a shot at the "Rocket" Richard Trophy. The Colorado Avalanche winger finished off an odd-man rush with Nathan MacKinnon to give his club a 2-1 lead early in the second period. It was Yakupov's third goal in four games this season, and his third in two regular-season contests against the Bruins so far this fall. He potted a pair in a 4-0 victory over Boston on Monday.Yakupov scored only three goals in 40 games with the St. Louis Blues in 2016-17.

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