Kronwall returns; Bogosian out; Tkachuk stays with Flames (Puck Headlines)

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• Nate Schmidt is the cool uncle everyone wants. Here he is goofing around with some kids visiting the Washington Capitals locker room for ‘Caps Fight Cancer.’ [@ikhurshudyan]

• Niklas Kronwall is expected to make his season debut tonight against the Winnipeg Jets. [M Live]

• The Buffalo Sabres can’t catch a break. Zach Bogosian has a sprained knee and is expected to miss upwards of a month. [Buffalo News]

• “[Congresswoman Jan] Schakowsky said she still finds it hard to believe that [Commissioner Gary] Bettman continues to downplay the possible link between concussions and CTE, saying Bettman spends a good part of his response, ‘debunking the science or at least questioning it. It feels a little bit like the tobacco industry.’” [The Hockey News]

• The Calgary Flames coaching staff had some fun at the expense of rookie Matthew Tkachuk before they told him he was staying with the big team past the 10 game mark. [Calgary Herald]

• Jakob Chychrun becomes latest jilted draftee to prove scouts wrong by sticking with Arizona Coyotes. [National Post]

• Mike Condon’s win in net one day after being acquired by the Ottawa Senators shows the team’s resiliency as they face adversity. [Ottawa Citizen]

• Brad Marchand has gone ‘from cocky kid, to party animal, to NHL super star.’ [WEEI]

• The Los Angeles Kings offense finally broke through last night against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but goal scoring isn’t their only problem. [Frozen Royalty]

• Behind the numbers look at Kris Russell’s strong start for the Edmonton Oilers and his subsequent drop off. [Oilers Nation]

• The New York Rangers are off to a stellar start and special teams has a lot to do with their success. [Blue Seat Blogs]

• Cory Schneider is the first to admit he needs to be the New Jersey Devils best penalty killer. [NJ.com]

• With the Columbus Blue Jackets off to a better start than most anticipated, here’s a dive into the numbers as to what is and isn’t working for the team. [The Cannon]

• Robin Lehner spent six years with the Ottawa Senators and was practically a part of Craig and Nicholle Anderson’s family. Her cancer diagnosis has hit close to home for him and caused him to rethink the way he lives his life. [Sportsnet]

• Former Washington Capital John Druce left hockey to be with his daughter as she fought cancer. After being in remission for five years, the cancer came back and she passed away in April. Druce is now using her memory to raise money and awareness for others going through what he experienced. [Washington Post]

• Brampton Thunder rookies Laura Stacey and Shannon MacAuley are bright spots as the team struggles to get over a slump to start the new season. [Today’s Slapshot]

• Should you consider picking up Rickard Rakell for Week 5 in fantasy hockey? [Dobber]

• Want to feel old? Ralph Macchio (the original Karate Kid) celebrates his 55th birthday today. Look back to his 1991-92 hockey card when he was named a New York Islanders ‘celebrity captain.’ [Puck Junk]

• Finally, top 10 goals by first overall picks in the NHL.