• Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in an ice hockey match between former NHL stars and officials at the Shayba Arena in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on the ice, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

    Putin spends his birthday playing hockey with NHL stars

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on the ice Wednesday, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons.

  • Wild assign Jordan Schroeder to AHL

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have assigned center Jordan Schroeder to their AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild.

  • In this July 8, 2015, file photo, New York Islanders forward Miks Indrasis (28) and Victor Crus-Rydberg (61) face off during the New York Islanders' Blue and White scrimmage at Barclays Center, the team's new home, in New York. The Islanders are entering their first season at the Barclays Center, home to the NBA's Brooklyn Nets since 2012, after spending their first 43 years at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. The team’s headquarters and practice facility remain on Long Island, where the players continue to live. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

    New routine: Islanders adjusting to playing in Brooklyn

    NEW YORK (AP) — John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and the New York Islanders have a new routine for home games: Get up in the morning, get ready and head to the train station to get on the Long Island Rail Road.

  • Josh Harris, left, co-owner of the New Jersey Devils NHL hockey team, poses for photographs with former Devils goalie Martin Brodeur after it was announced that Brodeur's number will be retired, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, in Newark, N.J. The retirement celebration will be held on Feb. 9, 2016, when the team faces the Edmonton Oilers. A statue will be unveiled during the celebration. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    New Jersey Devils to retire Martin Brodeur’s No. 30

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Shortly after Martin Brodeur was selected by the New Jersey Devils with the 20th pick in the 1990 NHL draft, the 18-year-old goaltender was confused.

  • Coyotes counting on Domi, Duclair to start winning again

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes spent two seasons adding to what they already had, hoping a couple of new pieces would rekindle the magic of the 2011-12 season.

  • Wild must pass Blackhawks to progress: ‘We’ll figure it out’

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have a well-balanced team, with every important player back from the squad that reached the Western Conference semifinals for the second straight spring.

  • Washington Capitals C Nicklas Backstrom could miss 4-5 games

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is expected to miss a handful of games at the start of the NHL season as he works his way back from hip surgery.

  • Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin (91) skates with the puck past Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Desjardins (11) during the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

    Stars add title experience behind high-scoring Seguin, Benn

    DALLAS (AP) — Dallas will try to convert a second straight promising offseason into a trip to the playoffs, something the disappointing team couldn’t do last season because of a slow start and another slump triggered by a key injury.

  • Avalanche looking for fast start after missing playoffs

    DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche enter the regular season in a goal-scoring funk, one that has them a tad bit concerned.

  • After long year, LA Kings primed for renewal, Cup run

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings are rested from an uncommonly long offseason and ready to forget about a summer of arrests, departures and general upheaval.