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The Bolts + Crunch

  • Alex Killorn jokes that he’s on pace for an 82-goal season. ... He wouldn’t be wrong? [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Stamkos, Yzerman, Andreychuk and Callahan speak of the importance and honor of being the captain of an NHL team. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • After a loss to the Baby Pens, the Crunch have dropped to 2-2-0 on the season. Get our full recap. [Raw Charge]

The Game

  • James Mirtle wonders if there’s room in the NHL for small goaltenders in his profile of Jhonas Enroth, who’s listed at 5-foot-10, 175 pounds. We know that for the Bolts there isn’t, with Ben Bishop at 6-7, Andrei Vasilevskiy at 6-3 and Kristers Gudļevskis at 6-4. [Globe and Mail]
  • Some VIPs were in attendance at the Islanders/Wild game last night.
  • This season, the NHL enacted a new concussion protocol, and the Sabres saw that in action two Sundays ago. [Buffalo News]
  • What’s good for Canadian teams — like having five of the top nine players in this year’s draft playing in the NHL — is good for the league. Especially after none of the seven teams made the playoffs last season. [Star Tribune]
  • Is Patrice Bergeron the best defensive forward ever? A longform investigation. [The Hockey News]
  • On Saturday, we saw the Sabres’ Halloween party. Sunday night, we were graced by Egyptian Jagr.
  • The Maple Leafs also celebrated Halloween. Auston Matthews dressed up as Ken Bone and Peter Holland is Trump. You can all go home now, rest of the league.

Ken Bone 4 prez

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  • Dylan Larkin and Yannick Weber dropped the gloves... and yeah, you guessed right that it was the first fight for both of them. [Winging It in Motown]
  • Larry Brooks nails why the Islanders need — and let’s be honest, deserve — good ice, which they don’t currently: “In a league that is almost all about speed, good ice is a necessity, not a luxury like a suite for the players’ families or a bus from Long Island.” [New York Post]
  • The Penguins are a nightmare. Can anyone say Stanley Cup hangover? [Pensburgh]
  • Who loves being in Nashville more than PK Subban? Asking for a friend.
  • 10 takeaways on the Canadiens’ 4-0-1 start. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
  • Ryan Miller wants you to know that his equipment is within the rules, thankyouverymuch. [Yahoo]

The Game

  • Amanda Kessel has pulled out of the Four Nations tournament because of an injury. [The Ice Garden]
  • It’s never good to hear about a team possibly ceasing operations.