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Vegas needs to avoid NHL betting blackout

The NHL commissioner is showing a liking for Las Vegas, so that’s a start. Gary Bettman is planning to expand the 30-team league, and Seattle, Portland, Ore., Kansas City and Quebec City are on his short list. But he’s definitely ready to bring ice to the desert, according to a report from the Vancouver Province.

Rangers center Moore’s comeback an unbelievable story

It would be hard to find a player more worthy of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy than New York Rangers center Dominic Moore — who returned to the NHL this season after taking a leave of absence from the league in the spring of 2012 to care for his wife, Katie, after she’d been diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer.

Bettman: No expansion on NHL’s radar

The NHL commissioner said the league has no plans to expand right now but will keep an eye on the MGM-AEG arena project that could one day bring Las Vegas into the fold. The NHL is in town this week for its annual Awards Show Tuesday at Wynn Las Vegas.

Wranglers lose 5-1 to Aces in ECHL playoff opener

A little more than an hour after the eighth-seeded Detroit Red Wings upset the top-seeded Boston Bruins in the opener of their NHL Eastern Conference playoff series Friday night, the Wranglers hit the ice against the Alaska Aces intent on repeating the feat in the ECHL playoffs.