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• The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters and Rochester Americans will be taking part in a unique home-and-home series. The teams will host Nickelodeon nights on Dec. 26 (in Cleveland) and March 22 (in Rochester) and they’ll wear Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Foot Clan jerseys. [Amerks]
• “Mike Yeo had to go. This isn’t a free pass for him. But the core players on the St. Louis Blues have now been passengers on two ships that hit the iceberg.” [Post-Dispatch]
• The slow start by the Pittsburgh Penguins is as ugly as it looks. [Pensburgh]
• A few days after Willie O’Ree was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, his old team, the San Diego Gulls, honored him with throwback jerseys and a bobblehead. [Color of Hockey]
• Mike Hoffman on returning to Ottawa Monday night: “It almost doesn’t feel like a road game. I spent a good chunk of my career here. I have a lot of good memories in this building. These are the fun games I look forward to, coming back to the place where you started.” [Ottawa Citizen]
• Another season of the Edmonton Oilers showcasing just how top heavy they are. [TSN]
• It’s time for Todd McLellan to go in Edmonton. [Edmonton Journal]
• Have you seen the pads Scott Darling will wear when the Carolina Hurricanes don the Hartford Whalers throwbacks? Beauty.
• It’s time for the Anaheim Ducks to realize exactly what they are. [Anaheim Calling]
• Expand the NHL playoff format? No thanks. [Spector’s Hockey]
• How the NBA can be a blueprint for making hockey fun again. [Courier Post]
• A look at some of the most surprising developments so far of the 2018-19 NHL season. [Yardbarker]
• The soon-to-be 32nd NHL city has a rich history with the sport already. [Seattle Times]