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Kings use emergency roster exemption to fill spot vacated by Kopitar. Baby Pens win but Pouliot leaves with an injury.

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The reigning Stanley Cup champions Los Angeles Kings visit Consol Energy Center tonight. This also means a Sutter family reunion of sorts, and Brandon Sutter and his uncle Darryl had a fun exchange yesterday in front of the press.

With the Voynov suspension and the Kopitar injury, the cap-challenged Kings dressed only 19 skaters in Philadelphia on Tuesday. That allowed them to use an emergency roster exemption to recall winger David Van der Gulik from the AHL.

What is Paul Martin's future with the Penguins? Do we all agree Rob Scuderi's game is on the upswing in the early goings of the new season?

Beau Bennett returns to practice, and everyone is hopeful he can return to the lineup sometime next week.

Baby Pens beat the Phantoms on a Dea OT winner, and Murray shone brightly with 42 saves. A dark cloud was cast on the win by apparent injuries to Reid McNeill and Derrick Pouliot, who both left the game and there was no immediate update on their status.

The Red Wings beat the Capitals 4-2 in a game that surely no one watched, because World Series game 7. But so it happened. Jason Chimera had a broken nose, and it was baaaad.

Alex Ovechkin has been held pointless for five straight games for the first time in his career. But I hear he's doing beautifully in curling.

Rangers' defenseman John Moore was suspended 5 games for the obvious head-targeting hit on Minnesota's Erik Haula.

So far this season we've seen a reduction in the number of fighting majors. Will dirty hits continue to go down, though? Down Goes Brown looks at the dirtiest clean hits of all time.

From USA Today's Kevin Allen, which offseason free agent signings are deemed to be good value?

Another innovative Halloween costume, this time from Scott Hartnell, who channels his inner Larry Bird.

Anyway, Kings tonight, and it's a Hockey Fights Cancer night in Pittsburgh!