With the Jackets spending most of yesterday in travel out to British Columbia, the NHL made plenty of news while we were waiting.
If you're more interested in former London Knights' coach & GM Dale Hunter stepping behind the bench in Washington, we've got plenty of coverage for that, too. ( BSH, PD, PHT, SBN), but the better question is: can he really fix the problem?
On the Jackets side of things, Ryan Johansen is enjoying his homecoming, while Curtis Sanford talks a bit about his in-game ritual as he prepares to face another former team tonight, and Steve Mason discusses getting back into the lineup.
Brendan Shanahan lowered the boom on Max Pacioretty for his hit on Kris Letang, suspending him for three games. In case you were wondering, he'll be eligible to return just in time for Montreal's 12/6 matchup against the Jackets.
Cam over at Backhand Shelf sees several teams showing warning signs of a deceptive start, while PHT has injury updates on Taylor Hall's shoulder, Chris Pronger's "virus" that somehow requires knee surgery, and Canucks winger Alexander Edler being ready to go tonight.
The guys at Puck-Rakers picked up the news that Boone Jenner will be attending Team Canada's WJC selection camp (barring a major upset, he's almost certain to make the club), and the guys at Columbus Wired have one of their "On the Bench" digest reports.
Over at Puck Daddy, the Winter Classic war of words is heating up, the Adirondack Phantoms attempts at a music career tell us they should stick to hockey, there's no time for goalie controversies in Vancouver, and a look at the success of the NHL's Thanksgiving Showdown game.