*HOLY SMOKES WHAT A FUN HOCKEY GAME. It’s been a long time. And we really needed that. RECAP!
*Carter Hart’s performance in the opener was a little up and down. But “flukey” might not be the word. It’s worth taking a closer look. [BSH]
*Oh wow Nikita Kucherov is hurt and might be out long term? Wow that’s so weird. [Raw Charge]
*Evander Kane has cost himself nearly $2 million by continuing to be a very stupid bad man. You love to see a consequence. [Sportsnet]
*An early power ranking, with some bonus overreactions by fans. [ProHockeyTalk]
*A former AHLer is on the way to becoming the first black NHL referee in nearly 20 years, which is pretty neat. [NHL.com]
*And finally, if the Hayes Family hoped sharing what happened to Jimmy would help others, it might be starting to work. Shining a light on the dark spots is the only way to flush out the worst stuff. [The Globe & Mail]