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• The NHL on VERSUS returned today, featuring Bill Patrick, Keith Jones and The Cowardly Lion. Brandon Sutter(notes) is your clubhouse leader for the Rocket Richard Trophy with two goals in Carolina's 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild in the NHL's season opener.

• Is Kirk Maltby(notes) going to have a 1-game farewell for the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night before retirement? [A2Y]

• Bob McKenzie's under-the-radar rookies, including Tommy Wingels of the San Jose Sharks, Nick Leddy of the Chicago Blackhawks, Marcus Johansson of the Washington Capitals, and Sergei Bobrovsky of the Philadelphia Flyers, who is starting against the Penguins tonight. [TSN]

• No Chris Pronger(notes) tonight for the Flyers. We're sure Crosby and Malkin are shedding a tear. [ESPN]

• Michael Farber's 9 awesome storylines for the NHL season and one complete killjoy in the NHLPA: "Maybe Donald Fehr running the NHL Players Association is not a sexy story, just an important one with the collective bargaining agreement set to expire after the 2011-12 season. Fehr, awaiting mebership approval, already has more than enough time to have insinuated himself into the 'hockey culture.' And his work with the MLBPA is basically transferable; CEO's jump from one kind of widget company to another all the time. And given his salary and ancillary requests from the PA, you know that Fehr hasn't forgotten how to drive a hard bargain." Oy. [SI]

• The official rosters for all 30 NHL teams. [NHL]

• Stat nerd-gasm alert: Alex Ovechkin's(notes) offensive game, by shot type. [Behind The Net]

REMINDER NO. 1: We're running a live chat tonight for the 7 p.m. ET Opening Night games, including the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens at the Toronto Maple Leafs.

• Huge CHL chat today over on Y! Sports' Buzzing the Net at 4 p.m. ET. 

• Adrian Dater with great coverage of the 1996 Colorado Avalanche team reunion, including a shot of Joe Sakic(notes), Matt Duchene(notes) and Peter Forsberg(notes). [All Things Avs]

• In case you haven't heard, Stan Lee will be designing 30 superheroes for the NHL's 30 teams. Boy, that's a lot of normal teenagers blessed with extraordinary powers to find. Prediction: At least one of them will have "Ranger" in his name. [Cheap Seats]

• Bill Daly of the NHL on future exhibition games between the NHL and the KHL: "The approach to the game taken by the two teams was obviously a little different. The Carolina Hurricanes treated it as an exhibition game to prepare for their regular season. I think the St. Petersburg team approached it a little differently. That can create some issues and we have to look at that going forward." [NHL]

Jason Spezza(notes) is a game-time decision for Friday night's Ottawa Senators game. [Sun Media]

• The SB Nation viewing guide for the NHL's opening weekend. [SBN]

• Pat Burns continues to give the middle finger to Death, and we love him for that. [Canada.com]

• The Jay McClement(notes)-for-Selke campaign kicks off for the St. Louis Blues: "So we're going to make some signs saying ‘Vote for Jay!' available for fans at certain games. We're going to keep a page here on the site dedicated to just stories about McClement and his defensive play. We're going to ask the folks on Twitter to bug the broadcasters to talk him up, especially the games we distribute the signs." [St. Louis Game Time]

REMINDER NO. 2: Our Sports Illustrated cover contest ends at noon ET on Friday. Email entries to puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

• Puck Buddy Matt C. not exactly a fan on ESPN's lead graphic today for the start of the season: "A picture of crosby in a faceoff circle with a flyer who has a number but no name plate on his jersey. Do I have to explain why this is ironic? Not only that, it's Number 13, dan carcillo, who, last I checked, was a LW. But that's beside the point." They might as well rename the sport ‘Crosby' instead of hockey, right?"

• Empty Netters and The Pensblog on the strange saga of Eric Tangradi's(notes) "demotion" to the ECHL.

• "New Twist in AHL/CHL/NHL triangle." [Jewels From The Crown]

• Travis looks at the "new going to surprise anyone fallacy" for the Phoenix Coyotes. [Five For Howling]

Semyon Varlamov(notes) has a groin issue, and that means Michel Neuvirth could see action in the Washington Capitals' first three games of the season. [Capitals Insider]

• We're experts on the Chicago Blackhawks' chances. We saw the replay. We're not asking you we're telling you. [Sun-Times]

• Presenting "The Backyard Rinc. Song," for the child playing pond hockey inside of you. (And if you have a child playing pond hockey inside of you ... apologies to your kidneys.) [BackyardRinc]

• How well do you know the Boston Bruins? [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

• Finally, absolute cinematic brilliance from Days of Y'Orr: The official film noir trailer for the Boston Bruins' 2010-11 season. Lucic plus tommy gun equals win. (PG-13 language warning).

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