NHL Blog Beat – October 25, 2013.

Reaction to John Scott’s blindside hit on Loui Eriksson, five questions heading into the final weekend of October, Ryan Miller and the goalie trade market, five hockey thoughts and oddities, and much more.

John Scott faces considerable criticism following his blindside hit on Loui Eriksson.

John Scott faces considerable criticism following his blindside hit on Loui Eriksson.

SB NATION: Ted Starkey on how John Scott’s blindsiding Loui Eriksson sets a new low for the woeful Sabres, while Adam Gretz looks at just how awful the Sabres truly are so far this season.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert believes the Sabres are a disgrace, from John Scott to owner Terry Pegula.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne on why playing tough guys like Scott against a team’s top line doesn’t necessarily mean the coach wants a goon show.

DIE BY THE BLADE: A sympathetic look at Scott and his role with the Sabres.

THE COPPER & BLUE: Derek Zona with an update to his “eye-for-an-eye” suspension tracker.

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: Five questions entering the final weekend of October, including speculation if this could be the final weekend on the job for Flyers GM Paul Holmgren or Rangers GM Glen Sather.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe on Ryan Miller and this season’s goalie trade market, plus great moment in goalie goal-scoring.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Andrew Berkshire worries David Desharnais is on his way to becoming the next Scott Gomez.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Nathan Currier with five hockey thoughts and oddities.

ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: The importance and misconceptions of advance hockey analytics.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Eric Daoust examines the best bang for the buck for fantasy GMs in salary cap leagues.