Hockey writer for USA TODAY since 1986.

Kevin Allen has been USA TODAY's hockey writer since 1986, and has spoken hockey fluently since he was a young man growing up in Wayne, Mich. He has covered roughly 570 NHL playoff games, 25 Stanley Cup finals. and seven Olympic tournaments. He wrote his first NHL story in the 1970, and covered his first playoff series in 1983-84. He believes Gordie Howe is the best all-around player in ...

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Who will take ice for U.S. men in '18 Olympics? — Depending upon the outcome of negotiations between the NHL and International Olympic Committee, fans around the world could be paying more attention to North Dakota forward Brock Boeser than Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane in February of 2018.

Mike Green has ability to do more for Red Wings — DETROIT - The player who could help improve the Detroit Red Wings' defense may have been right in front of goalie Petr Mrazek's nose the entire time.

After four goals in NHL debut, what does Auston Matthews do for an encore? — USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean had visitors in his home Wednesday and wasn't paying attention to the hockey game on his television screen when a text message from a colleague forced him to take notice. "The text said: Auston! On track for 240 goals this season," Ogrean said.

Marc-Andre Fleury reasserts himself as top goalie in Penguins' season-opening win — PITTSBURGH - Veteran goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's stellar performance Thursday in the Pittsburgh Penguins' opener is a reminder that Fleury is a No. 1 goalie regardless of where he ends up on this team's depth chart. Fleury made 39 saves and thwarted Alex Ovechkin on a shootout attempt to preserve a 3-2 win against the division-rival Washington Capitals.

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The NHL's 50 most important people — 1. Gary Bettman, NHL commissioner: The NHL has been around for 99 years, and Bettman has been commissioner for 24 of them. He's the dean of commissioners in the four major pro sports.

Top 10 NHL season story lines: Sharks dangerous; P.K. Subban a Nashville star? — With the 2016-17 NHL season set to begin Oct. 12, here's a look at the top story lines: The Detroit Red Wings' run of 25 consecutive seasons in the playoffs could be over. Pavel Datsyuk has left to play in Russia, and the Red Wings were unable to land any defensive help in the offseason.

Five goalie situations to watch in 2016-17 NHL season — The Montreal Canadiens are a more confident team now that Carey Price is healthy again. The Calgary Flames believe they have solved their goaltending deficiency with the acquisitions of Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson.

Why the Arizona Coyotes have pro sports youngest general manager — GLENDALE, Ariz. - John Chayka is sure veteran Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello doesn't know what to make of him. "He's still trying to figure me out," the Arizona Coyotes GM said with a laugh.

Explaining the rationale behind my controversial NHL point projections — No hockey fans are rolling out welcome mats for me in Vancouver or Buffalo. I'm also persona non grata in my home metropolis of Detroit. Apparently, friends and neighbors disagree about my projection that the Detroit Red Wings will miss the playoffs for the first time in 26 years.
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Oct 21, 2016

How Team USA might look like if NHL stars don’t go to 2018 Olympics. 

Oct 14, 2016

What's next for the Arizona Kid? Toronto fans excited about his home debut  via @usatoday

Oct 11, 2016

Per Bovada, @NHLBlackhawks are 15/2 favorites to win the Stanley Cup. More than 12% of bets are on Blackhawks. Caps, Pens, Bolts above 10%.

Oct 11, 2016

Per Bovada @BovadaLV, 16.01% of MVP bets are on McDavid @cmcdavid97. Carey Price has 8.78% and Crosby is at 3.79%

Oct 10, 2016

The over/under for Connor McDavid's points is 86.5 points, per Bovada oddsmakers. Sidney Crosby is at 93.5. Patrick Kane is at 87.5

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