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From the Basement: the only place with Leaf action tonight

Many teams will play their 11th game of the season tonight. The Leafs are again sitting out.

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The Leafs are about three to four games behind most of the league. There are a few other stragglers, still, it feels like this season has had a slower start with more long breaks between games than any in recent memory. There has only been two home games so far, and the Leafs are on the road again tomorrow to play the Rangers.

Last Night's Games

Guess who scored the game winning goal for the Penguins?

As if Calgary didn't have enough problems, Bobby Ryan decided to body slam Jonas Hiller

Nashville Predators 2, San Jose Sharks 1: A Win In The Bay Area - On the Forecheck
Nashville kicked off their west coast swing with a win in San Jose.

Penguins vs. Capitals Recap: All you have to do is Beau-lieve. Pens win - PensBurgh
Beau Bennett and Phil Kessel fuel a third period comeback as the Penguins take down the Capitals by a score of 3-1 in DC.

Senators eke out first home win against Flames - Silver Seven
They may not have deserved it (Species: THEY DIDN'T), but the Senators managed to defeat the Flames 5-4 in a shootout.

Other News

Mirtle: Maple Leafs use prospect shuffle to help salary cap crunch - The Globe and Mail
NHL’s cap works in byzantine ways, especially when it comes to long-term injured reserve

Is Todd Ewen’s NHL career responsible for his death? - The Globe and Mail
When Todd Ewen died, the first thing many NHL alumni thought of was CTE. The second was a question: Will they be next?

Markham NHL arena was on thin ice from the beginning, newly released documents show | Toronto Star
SURPRISE! Previously secret reports show parts of the financing were risky, but still endorsed by council. Mayor Frank Scarpitti says they pushed for the best deal possible.

What is wrong with Sidney Crosby? - Article - TSN
Sidney Crosby does not have a point in eight of nine games this season, the first time that has ever happened at any point in his career - not just to start a campaign. His run with long-awaited supporting cast member Phil Kessel lasted just seven games.

Ducks blow 3-0 lead, lose to Stars, Boudreau hot seat goes nuclear - Puck Daddy

Behind the Masks of David Arrigo - NWHL
Over the last few months, a handful of National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) goaltenders have worked with visual artist David Arrigo to paint their dream masks for the upcoming season.