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Morning Skate: No kidding - NHL lifestyle suits Seguin

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Morning Skate: No kidding - NHL lifestyle suits Seguin

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while pleasantly surprised by the level of quality for the reboot of "American Idol" has been thus far.

*An article about how the NHL lifestyle suits Tyler Seguin. Yeah. No kidding. That was part of the reason he was traded from the Bruins five years ago.

*What a great finish by Bruins prospect Jesse Gabrielle with a penalty shot where he shot by not shooting a la Nikita Kucherov.

*Seattle is certainly looking like a hockey market that is going to flourish in the NHL as they continue deep down the path to being an expansion team.

*Did you want to know what it was like for FOH (Friend of Haggs) Pierre McGuire to share his between-the-benches spot with Susan Sarandon? Well, he talked about it on Ottawa sports radio on Thursday morning.

*Expected No. 1 overall pick Rasmus Dahlin talks about potentially being a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and the pressure of being a top prospect.

*For something completely different: Martha Quinn talks about her favorite interview subject from the 1980’s MTV VJ days: David Lee Roth.

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NHL Power Rankings: Supposed Atlantic Division powers struggling early

NHL Power Rankings: Supposed Atlantic Division powers struggling early

A season ago, the Atlantic Division featured three of the best teams in hockey, at least during the regular season: the Lightning, Bruins, and Maple Leafs.

But while the Bruins have shaken off a potential Stanley Cup Final hangover to pace the division this season, Tampa and Toronto have struggled out of the gate.

Neither team is above .500, and both find themselves out of the playoff picture through a quarter of the season.

While it's way too soon to tell if their struggles will continue, it's opened the door for some unexpected teams to make some waves in the standings.

Click here for Joe Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings.>>>>

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Injured Bruins star Patrice Bergeron 'progressing well' with Sabres looming

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Injured Bruins star Patrice Bergeron 'progressing well' with Sabres looming

Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has missed the last couple of games with a lower body injury, but he continues to track for a return very soon.

The 34-year-old center isn’t confirmed to suit up for Thursday night’s big divisional game against the Buffalo Sabres, but he skated during a lightly attended practice on Wednesday at Warrior Ice Arena with all signs pointing toward him playing.

But he’s “pretty close” according to Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, which he also was on Tuesday before ultimately sitting out a second straight game after tweaking a lower body issue in the weekend win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Both Bergeron and Torey Krug skated the morning after Boston pulled out a 5-1 road win over the New Jersey Devils, but Krug isn’t expected to return from his injury until the weekend. Bergeron was scratched from Tuesday night’s game in Jersey after he didn’t suit up for warm-ups, but he’s skated two days in a row.

“I’m feeling better. It’s progressing well. Today was a pretty good skate, so I’m feeling good,” said Bergeron, who has eight goals and 19 points in 19 games played this season after a slow ramp-up in training camp following groin issues that dogged him for most of the summer. “It’s a minor issue, but we want to make sure it doesn’t linger for too long. So, we’re being cautious and making sure it’s 100 percent before I get back out there.”

The Bruins did well in Bergeron’s absence on Tuesday with David Krejci racking up two assists and a plus-3 rating while centering Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, and Charlie Coyle ably stepping in for Bergeron at the bumper position on the top power play unit.

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