PHT Morning Skate: Dahlin’s impact; Are Pens looking for goalie?

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Rasmus Dahlin has really helped the Sabres fix their issues at five-on-five so far this season. (Buffalo News)

• The Islanders television broadcast has three female analysts on it. Hopefully this is the start of a new trend. (ESPN)

• TSN’s Travis Yost graded every team’s bottom two lines. It’s not surprising to see that the Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the deeper teams in the league. (TSN.ca)

Brayden Point continues to quietly be the Tampa Bay Lightning’s MVP this season. (Tampa Bay Times)

• The Hockey News looks back at what went wrong for Scott Darling in Carolina. (The Hockey News)

• The Boston Bruins retired Rick Middleton’s number 16 prior to Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders. (NHL.com)

• Referee Dan O’Halloran hit the 1400-game mark on Thursday night. In this write up, O’Halloran explains why he wears number 13. (Scouting the Refs)

• Earlier this week, a report surfaced about the St. Louis Blues being interested in Detroit’s Jimmy Howard. But could the Penguins also be in the hunt for the veteran? (Pensburgh)

• Where does the Avalanche’s top line rank in terms of overall production from three linemates over the last few years? (Mile High Hockey)

• After getting off to a sluggish start, it sure looks like the Vegas Golden Knights are back. (Sinbin.Vegas)

• Devils defenseman Damon Severson doesn’t get a whole lot of national love, but he’s developed into a key piece for New Jersey. (All About the Jersey)

• Whether Sergei Bobrovsky signs an extension in Columbus or not, Blue Jackets fans should enjoy him while they have him. (The Cannon)

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.