Oct 12, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) slips in front of the Ottawa Senators goal during the third period at the SAP Center at San Jose. Sharks won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Daily Dasherboard October 13, 2013

Afternoon, Buffalo Sabres (and NHL) fans!

Sorry to get this out to you so late, but Sundays are now DOUBLE hockey days in my family, as the three year-old is now starting to skate while the eight year-old is gearing up for his final yer of hockey at the mite level.  Early mornings at the rink: nothing better!

So – I’m in a good mood, but nothing makes a good day better than a heaping handful of NHL links!  Here we go!

Bobby Ryan was one of the big names to switch teams during the offseason, leaving the Anaheim Ducks to join the Ottawa Senators.  His return to Anaheim tonight is the big storyline for tonight’s slate of NHL games.  [TSN]

Mainstream hockey fans like scoring.  Lots of scoring.  Shrinking goalie pads may result in that – but would increasing the size of the rink itself help, or hurt, the NHL’s increased scoring campaign?  [Sports Illustrated]

Speaking of scoring, a few big-name rookies found the back of the net for the first time last night.  [SI]

The Colorado Avalanche are currently undefeated.  Didn’t they miss the playoffs last year?  Yup.  So what is the secret behind their hot start? [Bleacher Report]

Note to Buffalo Sabres upper management: you don’t need to rely solely on the draft to rebuild a team.  Go check out this list of offseason acquisitions who are already paying off.  Then, go do something! [b/r]

Finally: here’s an interesting piece about a few players who came back top the NHL after taking some time off.  [The Hockey News]  Memo to NHL players: I wouldn’t advise doing this!


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