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All is not lost, hockey fans. We've got a group of scrappy kids that are here to give you a hockey fix in your time of need. The AHL has some of the NHL's young stars on display. 12 of the teams take to the ice on Sunday while everyone else is watching football.
The lockout continues to be a stalemate, as the NHL and the NHLPA avoid the HRR discussion like Lindsay Lohan avoids rehab. Puck heads around the world are mourning the loss of the first two weeks of the NHL season. Fans are in need of a hockey fix and the AHL is more than happy to oblige.
The American Hockey League kicked off it's season this weekend with the most talented group of minor leaguers seen since, well, the last lockout. On the docket for Sunday, Oct. 13 are six games featuring some of the NHL's current and future stars.
Having even more time on their hands than necessary, all of our NHL blogs are covering their team's affiliate. It could be the best writing the AHL has seen since, well, again, the last lockout.
St. John's IceCaps at Connecticut Whale, 3:00 p.m. ET
NHL Parent Club: Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers
NHL Players: IceCaps - Paul Postma, Alex Burmistrov, Derek Meech and Spencer Machacek; Whale - Chris Kreider and Kris Newbury
Adirondack Phantoms at Springfield Falcons, 3:00 p.m. ET
NHL Parent Club: Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets
NHL Players: Phantoms - Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn, Zac Rinaldo, Erik Gustaffson, Marc-Andre Bourdon and Eric Wellwood; Falcons - Ryan Johansen, Cam Atkinson and John Moore
Lake Erie Monsters at Toronto Marlies, 3:00 p.m. ET
NHL Parent Club: Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Players: Monsters - Stefan Elliott, David Van Der Guilk, Mark Olver and Tyson Barrie; Marlies - Ben Scrivens, Jake Gardiner, Leo Komarov, Nazem Kadri and Korbinian Holzer
Rockford Icehogs at Chicago Wolves, 3:00 p.m. CT
NHL Parent Clubs: Chicago Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks (Wolves)
NHL Players: Icehogs - Nick Leddy, Marcus Kruger, Andrew Shaw, Dylan Olsen, Brandon Bollig and Jimmy Hayes; Wolves - Zack Kassian, Jordan Schroeder, Chris Tanev and Eddie Lack
Houston Aeros at San Antonio Rampage, 3:30 p.m. CT
NHL Parent Clubs: Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers
NHL Players: Aeros - Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle, Brett Bulmer and Jason Zucker; Rampage - Quinton Howden, Drew Shore, Colby Robak, Alex Petrovic and Erik Gudbranson (injured)
Charlotte Checkers at Texas Stars, 7:00 p.m. CT
NHL Parent Clubs: Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars
NHL PLayers: Checkers - Drayson Bowman, Zach Boychuk, Zac Dalpe, Justin Faulk and Marc-Andre Gragnani; Stars - Cody Eakin and Tomas Vincour.
Information regarding listening or watching AHL games can be found at AHL.com.