Commentaries on NHL expansion, cruddy early-season injuries, Dustin Penner’s status with the Kings, and more.

Islanders among early season surprises.

Islanders among early season surprises.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert believes NHL expansion to 32 teams would be a bad idea, while Greg Wyshynski looks at the surprisingly strong early season play of the Canadiens and Islanders.

BACKHAND SHELF: Jo Innes looked at the recent spate of cruddy injuries around the NHL, while Justin Bourne revealed the preparation for players facing back-to-back games.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe dove into his NHL Grab Bag and found endless hilarity.

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow believes backchecking hard is for suckers.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Meesh Shanmugam examines the LA Kings $3.25 million question mark that is Dustin Penner.