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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)
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