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STLTODAY.COM/EDMONTON JOURNAL: Blues rookie Robby Fabbri scored his first NHL goal and Vladimir Tarasenko tallied his first of the season as the St. Louis Blues downed the Edmonton Oilers 3-1. Highly-touted Oilers rookie Connor McDavid was held off the scoresheet in his NHL debut.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/THE BUFFALO NEWS: While Buffalo Sabres rookie Jack Eichel scored his first NHL goal, it was the Ottawa Senators who emerged with a 3-1 victory. An apparent goal by Sabres winger Evander Kane was overturned on a coach’s challenge. Kyle Turris scored twice for the Senators, while the Sabres also lost goalie Robin Lehner with an apparent right ankle injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And so the early edge in the “McDavid vs Eichel” rivalry goes to the latter. McDavid looked okay in his NHL debut, but Eichel seemed the most comfortable.
WINNIPEG SUN/BOSTON HERALD: Drew Stafford and Alexander Burmistrov each collected a goal and an assist as the Winnipeg Jets dumped the Boston Bruins 6-2. Burmistrov won’t face supplemental discipline for a check to the head of Bruins star Patrice Bergeron, who was unhurt on the play. David Krejci and David Pastrnak scored for the Bruins, who were playing without captain Zdeno Chara (upper body injury).
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Former Red Wings coach Mike Babcock makes his return tonight to Detroit in his first regular season game since taking over as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
LA PRESSE: Alex Galchenyuk had a good start playing at center for the Montreal Canadiens.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames will go with Jonas Hiller as their starting goalie in Saturday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: With backup goalie Jacob Markstrom sidelined by a lower-body injury, the Canucks called up Richard Bachman.