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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• There must be some bittersweet feelings to Mark Howe’s Hall of Fame induction. He finally gets in, with his father there, but with his longtime defence partner, Brad McCrimmon gone. In 1986, Howe was a ridiculous plus-86 with the Philadelphia Flyers while McCrimmon was plus-83. Next best on that team was Rich Sutter at plus-28. To put this in context, the NHL leader last season was Zdeno Chara at plus-33

• Phil Kessel probably knows this, or maybe not, but no American has ever led the NHL in scoring. As of Saturday afternoon, NHL scoring looked like an international smorgasbord. The top point-getters were an American, two Swedes, an Austrian and a Slovenian ... Kessel also leads the NHL in even-strength points, a statistic I place a lot of value in. Kessel has 18 ESP, way more than the Sedin brothers (10 each), Steven Stamkos (11), Pavel Datsyuk (7), Alex Ovechkin (7) and the impressive Claude Giroux (10).

• Some guys just fit certain uniforms. With Ryan Smyth, it’s being back with the Edmonton Oilers. At 35, Smyth is among the league leaders in goal scoring, and hands up, both of you, who saw that coming?



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