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Daily Links for Thursday, Oct. 14

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I'm almost glad that work/rehearsals have prevented me from watching the last 2 games live, because they will hopefully be two of our worst games of the season. Buffalo now has 1 point in their 3 home games so far. So, Sabres fans, feel free to vent in the comments.

OT Heroics by Ilya Kovalchuk Leads New Jersey Devils to First Win; 1-0 Over the Buffalo Sabres - In Lou We Trust
A really excellent and lengthy recap from ILWT which explains the play leading up to the winning goal and thoroughly analyzes both teams' play tonight.

Pominville leaves Sabres many shoes to fill - The Buffalo News
Changes are coming for the Buffalo Sabres. They have to replace one of their most relied-upon forwards, a power-play specialist and a penalty-kill stalwart. That's all because Jason Pominville is out.

Why Niklas Hjalmarsson suspension deserves an A-plus for NHL - Puck Daddy
Wysh postulates that the NHL has a bit of a devious side by only suspending Hjalmarsson for two games, allowing for a little "street justice" on Saturday (my quotes not his.)

Adam shows promise with strong start - Maine Hockey Journal
First impressions are lasting impressions for Portland Pirates forward Luke Adam, who is following the path of several former players who have made an impact on a franchise that’s in its 18th season.

The early goings: no need to start panicking - takes a look at some players that are off to surprise starts, some crucial injuries and the ongoing goaltending battles.

Joffrey Lupul watches, waits for chance to help Ducks - Sporting News
It can't be easy for Joffrey Lupul to watch from the sidelines. The talented winger hasn't played an NHL game since Dec. 8 and now that he's pain free he's desperate to return.

Rangers coach John Tortorella faces difficult decision on how to alter lines to include Chris Drury - NY Daily News
The Rangers don't play again until Friday night's home opener against the Maple Leafs, so the Blueshirts took a day off Tuesday, knowing there likely will be changes in the lineup with the possible return of captain Chris Drury from a broken finger.

Leafs' Improved penalty killing sticks out - The Globe and Mail
In the season’s first two games the Leafs were a perfect 7-for-7 in killing penalties. They are now 3-0 on the season.

Cullen: First Line Opportunities - TSN
In honour of the Los Angeles Kings inserting rookie Andrei Loktionov onto the first line with Anze Kopitar last night, here's a look at some other unlikely first-liners early in the season.

Rehab for a broken leg and a broken heart -
After battling back from injury and having a career year in 2009, Kurits Foster's life was turned upside down by the death of his newborn daughter. A compelling read if you can stomach the tragic subject matter.