Hockey News: Olli Maatta Returns; Leafs Embarrassed by Predators

Early NHL awards candidates. [Along the Boards]

Advanced stats don’t seem to prove anything in Edmonton. [Oilers Nation]

Everyone is waiting for Calgary to flame-out, but they just keep rolling. [Canada.com]

Claude Giroux is out with an injury, but it doesn’t look serious. [Fansided]

Claude Giroux (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)
Claude Giroux (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Olli Maatta is already back to game action after a cancer scare. [Yahoo Sports]

Patrick Kaleta was stuck in a snowstorm. Turns out they didn’t need him to win the game. [The Score]

The Buffalo Sabres needed a back-up goalie, so they turned to Arturs Irbe. [Sportsnet]

After a loss to the last-place Sabres on Saturday, things couldn’t get worse for the Leafs. Right? [Pension Plan Puppets]

The players aren’t trying to get Randy Carlyle fired, so don’t worry about that. [National Post]

Randy Carlyle Toronto Maple Leafs can improve
 (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

But the Maple Leafs coach is probably still on the hot seat. How could he not be? [Globe and Mail]

Stop trying to turn Phil Kessel into something he’s not. [Two Pad Stack]

The proposed format for the World Cup of Hockey is, well, interesting. [CBS Sports]

Jason Spezza and the Stars are closing in on a new deal. [Pro Hockey Talk]

And finally, a tribute to Gordie Howe. [Hockey Feed]