The NHL Evening Skate for Nov. 13

Heading into this evening’s action, here are the day’s top NHL storylines:

Gary Bettman deserved his Hall of Fame moment

While it’s fairly uncommon for a sitting commissioner to be inducted into his respective sports Hall of Fame, the case of Gary Bettman is an exception. Yahoo Sports NHL writer Justin Cuthbert and Amit Mann rationalize the polarizing commissioner’s enshrinement into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the latest episode of the Spin. [Watch]

Report: Capitals’ Tom Wilson has mega-suspension trimmed to 14 games

An arbitrator has reportedly ruled that Wilson’s 20-game suspension will be reduced to 14 games, meaning that he’s now free to once again slot into the Washington Capitals lineup, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Now 16 games into the season, nothing can be done to account for the extra two games lost as a part of the initial suspension for landing a devastating blindside hit on St. Louis’s Oskar Sundqvist, but Wilson will reportedly be compensated for the difference and recoup more than $378,000 in lost wages. [More]

‘We’re not done here’: NHL alumni head vows to continue concussion fight

“This is not the end game,” said NHL Alumni Association executive director Glenn Healy after reaching a settlement with the NHL in a concussion lawsuit filed by more than 100 former players. “We’re not done here. The alumni are going to dig in with this. It’s a step in the right direction today to try and get some help and hope back for players.” [More]

Who will make up 2019 Hockey Hall of Fame class?

With the 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame class having been inducted last night, it’s never too early to start speculating on who could be part of next year’s group. And while there are many deserving candidates, there’s one player who’s a near-lock to crack the 2019 group of inductees. Hayley Wickenheiser owns four Olympic gold medals representing Canada, plus seven more golds from the IIHF World Championships. She’ll likely lead a 2019 class that could also include Daniel Alfredsson, Curtis Joseph and Boris Mikhailov, among others. [More]


NHL Power Rankings: Cinderellas plummet in the standings

After losing three straight games, giving up four goals per night each time, the New York Islanders fell from No. 13 to No. 25 in the latest edition of Yahoo Sports’ NHL power rankings. And they’re not the only team to plummet this week, as the Edmonton Oilers find themselves at No. 23 after checking in at No. 12 just seven days ago. [More

Wayne Gretzky says he wouldn’t hold out if he were William Nylander

“The Great One” has weighed in on William Nylander’s contract situation, and he’s not shying away from picking a side. “Ultimately, I think [William Nylander] has to sit down and say look. I’m playing in a great city, I’m playing with a great organization, I’m playing with an Original Six team. Do I really want to not be there?” Gretzky commented on the situation. [More]

Lundqvist ties Plante on NHL wins list, Rangers beat Canucks

Two of the New York Rangers’ younger players helped veteran goalie Henrik Lundqvist get a big milestone win. Filip Chytil and Brett Howden scored to back Lundqvist’s 437th career win as the Rangers beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 Monday night. Lundqvist tied Jacques Plante for seventh place on the NHL’s all-time list. [More]

Game of the night

Nashville Predators at San Jose Sharks

The Sharks are in a position that’s familiar to the Nashville Predators. San Jose is 9-6-3 in 18 games after acquiring two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson in a blockbuster trade. Two years ago, Nashville was 8-7-3 in 18 games after acquiring Norris winner P.K. Subban in a blockbuster trade. The two star defensemen will lead their teams in a battle of Western conferences powerhouses tonight in San Jose. [Full Preview]

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