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Duper is back at practice following a health scare in Edmonton. He still needs to be formally cleared to play but Mike Johnston expects him in the lineup tomorrow night. [Trib]

Beau Bennett has played well so far this season and this may lead to a promotion. Top line, right wing. Please Beau don't raise your arms, don't run and fall, don't even breathe. Just kidding. Go get 'em, kiddo. [PPG]

David Perron will presumably stay on Malkin's left for the time being. He talks about all the changes that have happened so far and how consistency may bring success going forward. [Pens Inside Scoop]

After a measly 7 points in 14 games, many are asking what's wrong with Sidney Crosby? He plays in a crummy league that caters to scrubs. He's not 20 any longer. And I hope David Steckel spills hot coffee all over himself every day for the rest of his life. [Hockey Buzz]

There was only one game on tap last night, but it was a good one. The Ducks took a 2-0 lead on the Yotes, but after that it was a Domi & Duclair show, and the Ducks fell 4-3 in OT. Domi has 13 points in 14 GP, and averages 2.5 SOG. Wowzer. [NBC PHT]

The Canadiens early-season power play has been lethal lately, so let's break it down and find out exactly what they're doing that's so successful. [THW]

Speaking of the Canadiens, Carey Price was in New York yesterday seeking a second opinion on his injury. That doesn't sound good. [Montreal Gazette]

So who's been the most valuable Game Saver so far this season? In Kevin Weekes' opinion, it's a guy who's been one of the most consistent goalies for the past decade but doesn't get the respect that other guys get: Marc-Andre Fleury. [NHL.com]

An update on the craziest 18 hours in the history of the OHL. Flint Firebirds coaches were reinstated and they got some job security through new contracts, but it still remains an embarrassing fiasco. [TSN]

Five early bargain NHL free agent signings? How good were these deals and will they last? [USA Today]

What were the worst NHL Draft Lottery losses? Interesting that the Pens sit at #3 for having lost out on Alex Ovechkin. That would have been something else. [Down Goes Brown]

Last night's induction ceremony for the Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2015 was a good one. Here all the highlights. [Sporting News]

Who's gonna make it to the Hall next year? Will the second time be the charm for Lindros and Roenick? Ugh, remind me to ignore it next year and they can admit all the annoying people in this one year. [ESPN]

For the end, some very useful and achievable ways to increase scoring in the modern NHL. Institute them immediately. [Jewels from the Crown]