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Nightly Hockey Hits: Coyotes face big attendance test, Oilers and Leafs almost swapped cities, more on the Quebec Nordiques possibility, Isles fans should be wary of Tavares “Daigle-esque” start.

Maple Leafs search for ways to end ‘depressing’ start to new NHL season; Sabres limit opportunities; Capitals owner Ted Leonsis offers his take on last night’s loss; Sedin twins tampering case closed, but question remain; Players you can expect to see in top 10 at end of season. These stories and more after the jump.

Some news and notes covering the latest hockey news from across the blogs:

  • Hockey or Die:  Quebec Nordiques redux.  Some good research into the reasons why the NHL didn’t work previously and what it would take to get it going again.
  • Slam Sports:  Pocklington: Oilers, Leafs almost swapped cities.  That’s some pretty crazy stuff.  Pocklington is right though, he would have made a fortune.
  • CBC:  Coyotes face big attendance test.  The on ice product seems good, tickets are cheap but the question is will Phoenix fans drive out to Glendale to see them play?
  • The Hockey News:  Maple Leafs search for ways to end ‘depressing’ start to new NHL season.  If they need some tips, perhaps they should read the next blog post!
  • Frozen Leafs:  Penatly killing and goaltending 101.  Leafs need to get back to basics.
  • Black Aces:  Same story, different night.  With a balanced attack, fans in Ottawa are cheering and thankfully this game was sold out, unlike the home opener.
  • The H does NOT stand for Habs:  Bracing for badness.  Is the term “success” in the case of the Habs actually a new word coined from the phrase “sucks to excess.”  Here is a top 10 list that suggests it does.
  • Die by the Blade:  Crunching numbers, Sabres limit opportunities.  Buffalo has to play this way to win.
  • Lightning Strikes:  Niittymaki makes second straight start.  Coach Tocchet is going to ride his hot goalie.
  • Ted’s Take:  Yuck.  Caps owner offers his thoughts after his team losses to the Wings.
  • Puck Daddy:  Sedin twins tampering case closed, but question remain.  While the questions may remain, good luck getting any answers
  • Cult of Hockey:  Quinn crusty commandos step up against Montreal.  Now that is some serious truculence.
  • Puck Rakers:  Day of rest.  All things Blue Jackets.
  • Lowetide:  Chorney callup?  Doesn’t sound like he will get big playing time with the Oilers.
  • Working the Corners:  Frazer McLaren heading to Worcester — and Nichol may be moving up on the depth chart.  The Sharks are rolling after a bumpy start.
  • Dobber Hockey: With a bang or a whimper.   Some players you can expect to see in the top of scoring at the end of the season.
  • Greatest Hockey Legends:  Sunday slapshots.  Some interesting thoughts, especially that Isles super rookie is off to a similar start to the former Ottawa first overall pick.
  • NHL Fanhouse:  The biting epidemic must be stopped.  No excuse for biting in hockey.