(Video) First NHL Win: Condon outduels O’Connor in Canadiens’ win

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Mike Condon - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Montreal Canadiens rookie goaltender Mike Condon guards the net during the Canadiens win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night, a win that was the first of Condon’s NHL career (courtesy of Jason Kopinski/Icon Sportswire)

Two rookie goaltenders with NCAA pedigrees squared off in the first NHL start for each, but only one could come away a winner. The victorious goaltender, Mike Condon of the Montreal Canadiens, outdueled Ottawa Senators rookie Matt O’Connor to give the undefeated Canadiens a 3-1 win. Condon stopped 20 of 21 shots to secure his first NHL win. Read more»

2015-16 AHL Preview: IceHogs should boast one of the stronger offensive attacks in the Central Division

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Markus Hannikainen - Lake Erie Monsters

Photo: Lake Erie Monsters forward and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Markus Hannikainen will start the 2015-16 season with the Blue Jackets’ new AHL affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The Central Division isn’t home to as many radical changes as the Pacific Division, but it is part of the American Hockey League’s new landscape.

The Manitoba Moose have returned, while the Lake Erie Monsters have a new affiliate — switching from Colorado to the Columbus Blue Jackets — and the rest of the division is ripe with talent. Read more»

2015-16 AHL Preview: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton enters season with strong Atlantic Division squad

by Tony Androckitis
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Madison Bowey - Washington Capitals

Photo: Washington Capitals defensive prospect Madison Bowey received some playing time with the NHL club during the 2015 NHL preseason, but will start his pro career in the AHL with the Hershey Bears (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The American Hockey League has switched its conference format for the 2015-16 season as there are now two divisions in each conference. In the Eastern Conference, it’s now the Atlantic and North Divisions – with the Manchester Monarchs, Worcester Sharks and Norfolk Admirals no longer AHL franchises. All three have re-located west as the league has added five teams in California as part of the AHL’s western expansion. Read more»

2015-16 AHL Preview: A new beginning for several teams in the Pacific Division

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Manchester Monarchs Calder Cup Celebration - 2015

Photo: The Los Angeles Kings’ top farm club in 2014-15, the Manchester Monarchs, raised a championship banner last season, but many of the players from that team have moved cross-country to compete for the Kings’ new AHL team, the Ontario Reign, in 2015-16 (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

The American Hockey League vastly changed the hockey universe’s landscape when it moved five teams to California for the start of the 2015-16 season. And the Pacific Division will be ground zero for the experiment, where the California five will share a division with the two Texas-based franchises. Read more»

Phantoms’ Leier Looking To Make NHL Debut in 2015-16

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Taylor Leier - Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Photo: Lehigh Valley Phantoms forward and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Taylor Leier competed for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL before turning pro in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Nina Weiss/The Home News)

It was a tale of two seasons for Philadelphia Flyers forward prospect Taylor Leier in his rookie season of professional hockey with the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Read more»

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