NHL Blog Beat – September 28, 2013.

Big questions for the Canadiens, the Senators defense and the Canucks this season, 16 stories to watch in the Eastern Conference, why the preseason has no bearing on the regular season, the best long-shots for NHL awards and more.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe examines the best long-shots for this season’s NHL awards.

Can the Sedins continue to carry the offensive load for the Canucks?

Can the Sedins continue to carry the offensive load for the Canucks?

NUCKS MISCONDUCT: Three big questions facing the Vancouver Canucks this season, plus a fourth one.

SILVER SEVEN SENS: Peter Raaymakers wonders how the Senators defense will fare this season.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Ari Grief lists the five stories to watch for the Montreal Canadiens this season.

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: David Rogers with 16 stories to watch in the NHL’s Eastern Conference this season.

THE LEAFS NATION: Cam Charron on what we’ve learned with the Leafs negotiations with Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson.

OCTOPUS THROWER: John Evans does statistical analysis to prove the NHL preseason really has no bearing upon the regular season.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: The anniversary of the greatest goal ever scored in Canadian hockey history. “Henderson! Has scored for Canada!“.