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Halloween Dump & Chase: Spooky afternoon start

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Having hockey early in the day is always a blessing. But will hockey's creatures of habit be cursed with the torture of heavy legs from a dreaded afternoon start? Must they drive to Staples Center before noon on Saturday? IN TRAFFIC? The players shall not know the fan's joy of an afternoon start. NHL Schedule Makers: is there no end to your horrors? "None whatever. For they are not mine alone. Mere passage of the flesh cannot undo centuries of evil. There can be no peace without penalty."

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