+ Darryl Sutter has wisely chosen to be upbeat as the Kings' coach, not the hard-edged grumbler he had become in Calgary. His quick, aggressive game has been embraced by players, who want to avoid awakening his nasty side. The Kings were 4-0-2 in their first six games under Sutter, but fixing their power play has to be his next priority.
+ New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, recovered from a concussion, made his season debut Monday in the Winter Classic at Philadelphia. Staal's brother Jordan, of the Pittsburgh Penguins, did something similar last season. Jordan had a broken hand and made his 2010-11 debut in the Winter Classic at Pittsburgh.
+ The NHL isn't on Versus anymore! Oh, wait … it's not a switch. Versus, known as the Outdoor Life Network when it began airing NHL games after the lockout, on Monday was renamed the NBC Sports Network. Here's hoping its link to NBC will make it more widely available, like in hotels where NHL writers and players stay.
- Florida Panthers forward Krys Barch was ejected from Saturday's game against Montreal for allegedly directing a racial slur at Montreal's P.K. Subban, whose parents are Jamaican. Colin Campbell, the NHL's senior executive vice president, is investigating the incident, which was reported to the league by linesman Darren Gibbs. Barch's agent, Scott Norton, said he believes his client will be cleared "in the very near future."