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PHT Morning Skate: Point still recovering from surgery; Hall unplugged

The two most recent Stanley Cup champs face off as the Blues host the Capitals to kick off NHL Opening Night, Wednesday Oct. 2 on NBCSN.

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• With Brayden Point now signed, the Tampa Bay Lightning will have to wait until the end of October to see him play as he continues is recover from hip surgery. (Tampa Bay Times)

• Islanders celebrated their Belmont Park groundbreaking. (Lighthouse Hockey)

• Taylor Hall unplugged (ESPN)

• Alex DeBricat is a star on the ice but relatively unknown off of it, and he is just fine with that. (Chicago Sun Times)

• Who is the NHL’s best shooter? (Sportsnet)

• The Maple Leafs’ defense dilemma (Pension Plan Puppets)

• Winnipeg’s suspension of Dustin Byfuglien not as juicy as it sounds. (Winnipeg Free Press)

• Four players who need to step up for the Carolina Hurricanes this season. (Cardiac Cane)

• Capitals hire former Olympian Haley Skarupa as a hockey ambassador. (NBC Washington)

• Adam Bogqvist to the minor leagues is the right move for the Blackhawks. (The Rink)

• Nolan Patrick’s health could loom large on Flyers’ lines. (Sons of Penn)

• Kostin continues to make case to start season with Blues. (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

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