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Robert Mastrosimone's five goals lead Arizona State scorers.

Detroit Red Wings prospect Robert Mastrosimone is having fun in the sun.

The Red Wings 2019 second-round pick (No. 54) transferred from Boston University to Arizona State after last season. He has launched his career as a Sun Devil by leading the school in scoring in the early going. The slippery forward has five goals and seven assists for 12 points in Arizona State’s first 13 games.

An indication of Mastrosimone’s strong start: he leads the team with 57 shots on goal. No one else has more than 39 SOG.

Arizona State can’t match the history of other hockey schools. But they have name recognition.  The Sun Devils’ second-leading scorer is Josh Doan, son of retired Arizona Coyotes star Shane Doan. The young Doan is a Coyotes’ prospect. The third-leading scorer is Lukas Sillinger, son of former NHLer Mike Sillinger and the brother of Columbus Blue Jackets player Cole Sillinger.  ASU forward Jackson Niedermayer is the son of former NHL standout Scott Niedermayer.

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Boston: BHN columnist Joe Haggerty writes that the Bruins are far from satisfied by merely tying the NHL record for a home start. Boston Bruins.

Florida Panthers: Sam old story for the Panthers as they fall to a struggling Columbus Blue Jackets team. Florida Panthers.

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Montreal: Marc Dumont of Montreal Hockey Now writes an explanation of why Nick Suzuki has matured into a dual threat performer. Montreal Canadiens.

Pittsburgh:  What a night for Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.To celebrate his 1,000th NHL games, his teammates joined him during his unique pregame stretch. Then, the Penguins surprised him by having his son, Nikita, read the starting lineup in the dressing room. Malkin scored his 452nd career goals. What an emotional night for one of the best players in NHL history. Pittsburgh Penguins.

San Jose: Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now sorts out the Sharks’ identity at the 20-game mark. San Jose Sharks.

Vegas: Could the Golden Knights be interested in acquiring Montreal’s Mike Hoffman or Max Domi?  Can they afford to give up another prospect? Vegas Golden Knights.

Washington: Capitals coach Peter Laviolette explains why he sent Connor McMichael back to the AHL. Washington Capitals.

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