Puck Headlines: DiPietro in the pink; hockey ratings vs. baseball

Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

• These pink pads will be worn by Rick DiPietro(notes) at some point during a New York Islanders game in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. No word if he'll wear the accompanying My Little Pony mask. (Jokes ... support Komen for The Cure, people.) From the CP, DiPi: "It gives us an opportunity to donate some money to charity—hopefully we'll auction those things off—and I have some pink sticks coming as well. I think Bauer's going to make up a bunch of extra sets (of pads), and see if we can't help out." [NHL Video, CP]

Florida Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun(notes), Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa(notes) and Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf(notes) have been named the NHL 'Three Stars' for the week ending Oct. 17. Eight points last week for Getzlaf, in case you're wondering.

• From Steve Lepore: "The first two games of the NLCS on FOX have averaged a 2.0 rating among Adults 18-49 after drawing a 2.2 last night with a 1.7 for Game 1 on Saturday. This is lower than the four-game average of the Stanley Cup Final on NBC, which drew a 2.4 in the same demo." One note: The Cablevision dispute in New York may have contributed to that. [Puck The Media, and more from Hardball Talk]

Sergei Gonchar(notes) makes his emotional return to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Steel City, which means facing his friend and student Evgeni Malkin(notes) as a foe for the first time: "We were talking about that at lunch. ... He's playing a new position (right wing), and I'm going to be playing defense on him at some point. It won't be easy. I can't give him too much room." [Tribune Review and Post Gazette]

• Great news out of the Atlanta Thrashers: Ondrej Pavelec(notes) will meet the media on Tuesday as the goaltender has been medically cleared to play, pending a post-concussion test. [Blueland Blog]

• Are Brad Richards(notes), James Neal(notes) and Loui Eriksson(notes) the best line in hockey right now? Because 20 points in 4 games and a +/- rating that also comes out to plus-20 don't lie. [Defending Big D]

• Meanwhile, what was expected to be one of the best lines in hockey apparently has been broken up: Zach Parise(notes) and Travis Zajac(notes) are skating with Dainius Zubrus(notes), while Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) is on right wing with Patrik Elias(notes). [Fire & Ice]

• Via Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun, on an Ottawa Senators strip-skate practice: "You females out there will be interested to know that Mike Fisher(notes) was the loser in a game of Strip Shootout held immediately following practice at the Ice Castle, in Castle Shannon, Pa. The rules? If the goalie, rookie Robin Lehner(notes), stopped you, then you were taking off a piece of equipment. Fisher was down to a bare chest when he was out-duelled by Erik Karlsson(notes) and Peter Regin(notes)." You females? How formal. [Sun]

• Great moments in uncensored NHL broadcasts. Not Safe For Work Language. But that's sort of implied, no? Johnny Toews=potty mouth. [From The Rink]

• In praise of Carey Price(notes) of the Montreal Canadiens: "The win helped lay a foundation of trust between Carey Price and his teammates, and perhaps cemented a sense of self-belief within Price himself." [The H Does NOT Stand for Habs, via Eyes on the Prize]

• Looking at the different scenarios in which the NBA and/or NFL have work stoppages while the NHL plays on, and whether hockey could capitalize on them. [The Miles Davis Exploration]

• Interesting bit about the legal challenges to online sports wagering bans in the U.S. As if anyone can figure out how to bet on hockey in the first place. [ChangeLegal]

• Good stuff from Elliotte Friedman: "I do believe that Wade Redden(notes) strongly considered retiring. He hated playing that much. Among those who really convinced him to continue: Daniel Alfredsson(notes), Wade's father Gord, agent Don Meehan and another former teammate, Curtis Leschyshyn. (I got the impression Leschyshyn played a huge role.) Yes, yes, the money was a factor, too." [CBC Sports]

Crazy story from juniors: Halifax Mooseheads owner and former NHL center Bobby Smith moves behind the bench after a 4-9-0-1 start. [Buzzing The Net]

• How Cam Fowler's(notes) night went from awesome to awful. Surprisingly, not a post about the 2010 NHL Draft. [Kurtenblog]

• We were trying to figure out what was so damn funny about this Vancouver Canucks Mason Raymond(notes) sign until Joey G. from Burbank dropped this on us: "Read it with Matt Damon, Team America voice for best results." Oh, that's just about perfect right there.

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene(notes) on Donald Fehr's visit: "He came and touched base with our whole team and kind of gave us the short-term plan for right now, for how the P.A. is going and how he sees himself taking over. That's my third or fourth time talking to him, throughout the meetings and everything this summer. I'm real impressed." [LA Kings Insider]

• Great blow-by-blow of a now-legendary bag skate by Minnesota Wild Coach Todd Richards that left his team physically devastated: "Richards skated these guys for 20 minutes without pucks -- intense, endless skating. At one point, all four groups of skaters were bent over with their hands on their knees trying to catch their breath in the four corners of the rink. Richards stood stationary at center ice. The arena was eerily silent for about a minute." [Star Tribune]

• Looking at the psychological foundations for hockey bar fights. [Psychology Today]

• In praise of Brian Burke: "This is a ship that leaves a large wake, and it is only this 2010-11 season that it can fairly be said that Burke's hands are the only ones on the wheel - and this season when the changes instituted by him will begin to form what will be his ultimate measure." [Globe & Mail]

John Scott(notes) will dress as a winger for the Chicago Blackhawks, as the departure of Dustin Byfuglien(notes) has apparently done nothing to stop the defenseman hybrid tradition on Chi-Town. [Between The Circles]

• Finally, here's Tyson Nash of the Phoenix Coyotes showing all the young players the proper way to strap on the hockey gear even if they're dressing rooms don't have wacky circus music and fast-motion editing: