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Good morning one and all,

Today they leave Toronto on their annual trip to west Canada, where we'll finally see Crosby square off against McDavid in Edmonton on Friday.

*There has been a variety of opinions on why Crosby has struggled to get any reasonable production, sitting with 5 points on the 11-game season. This article pinpoints the method and preference for zone entry as the likely culprit. [Sportsnet]

While Sid's production has taken a step back, Geno's prescription, as always, is to relax and have fun. Maybe a trip out west will do him good. Sid has always done well against the three teams out there. [Trib]

Caps fans think we are very lucky to have landed Eric Fehr, and I think they're right. Fehr adds to the enviable depth at forward, which is why the team has so far been able to overcome a relative lack of production from the top. [THW]

Mike Johnston, for one, is thrilled about the forward depth that GM Jim Rutherford has acquired. Besides Fehr, Bonino and Cullen are making a world of difference compared to the days of Glass & Co. [PPG]

Rob Scuderi absorbed a hit into the boards from Rich Clune that earned him a 5-minute major, but he believes there was no ill intent on behalf of his one-time Kings teammate. [PPG]

Derrick Pouliot is working on balancing his game, i.e., improving his defense without abandoning the offense. I wonder if he'll soon get a chance to show that on the big stage. [Times Leader]

From around the NHL, Carey Price is out at least this week with a lower-body injury. Tokarski has been recalled, but in Price's absence the Habs will turn to Mike Condon, who is 4-0 to start his season. [In Goal Magazine]

*Condon has had an incredible journey to the NHL, and this is a really good story worth reading, though it's from a few weeks ago. [Globe & Mail]

Christian Ehrhoff was shaken up by what he called a dirty play from Mike Ribeiro, but is starting to feel better and practiced on Sunday. Given his injury history and setbacks related to them, I'd be very careful if I were the Kings. [LA Times]

The NHL concussion charade is still very much a thing. [TSN]

Mike Babcock and Randy Carlyle. A look at two different approaches in Toronto by two very different coaches. [CBS Sports]

We've already seen how good they are, what with two consecutive whoopings to the combined tune of 7-1. Why the Dallas Stars may be the NHL's team to beat this season. [Globe & Mail]

Connor McDavid, who we'll finally take a closer look at on Friday, opens up on his rise to stardom and adjustments to the life in the NHL. (video) [Sportsnet]

The Ducks finally have their second win of the season, and Frederik Andersen had to work hard for it, making 40 saves to pave the way. [LA Times]

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