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CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane credits a bit of luck for his career-best 12-game consecutive points streak.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It does help to have a bit of luck, but most of the credit for Kane’s streak is his offensive skills.

David Backes off to a career-best start this season.

David Backes off to a career-best start this season.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues star David Backes is off to the best start (11 goals, 24 points) of his career.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Backes has been overshadowed this season by the phenomenal play of linemate Alexander Steen. Both have been important to each other’s strong offensive start to this season.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis’ offensive numbers are down this season but his work in preventing goals remains as strong as ever.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar have done a good job filling in for teammate Pavel Datsyuk, who remains sidelined by concussion.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild center Mikael Granlund has been sidelined by a concussion.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Anaheim Ducks have demoted winger Emerson Etem and Devante Smith-Pelly.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Islanders demoted defenseman Matt Donovan.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Forward Corey Tropp was claimed off waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

YAHOO! SPORTS: Former Toronto Maple Leafs star Rick Vaive wants his name removed from the NHL concussions lawsuit.

CALGARY SUN: Former Flames and Carolina Hurricanes fan favorite Mike Commodore is adjusting to playing in the KHL.