By Allan Muir
A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette said forward Wayne Simmonds was “suffering from a touch of whiplash” after a vicious elbow to the head from Capitals’ defender John Erskine. They’re expecting a suspension in Washington.
• With a pair of five-point efforts just six games into the season, it’s fair to say Buffalo Sabres’ forward Thomas Vanek is pretty good at hockey.
• Just because Roberto Luongo is playing his best hockey in years doesn’t mean there’s a goaltending controversy in Vancouver.
• Winger Brandon Saad had “a special game” but he couldn’t stop the Chicago Blackhawks from dropping another game in the shootout.
• He’s not snakebitten. He’s not unlucky. In fact, it’s pretty obvious why Toronto Maple Leafs’ sniper Phil Kessel is oh-fer-2013.
• Maybe he’ll get off the schneid tonight against the Bruins, a team looking for a toughness re-set after being punked by the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.
• Will P.K. Subban make his season debut today against the Sabres? Coach Michel Therrien called him “a game-time decision.”
• Former Carolina Hurricanes will be reunited on Pittsburgh’s third line as Zach Boychuk makes his Penguins’ debut alongside Brandon Sutter this afternoon.
• There’s no light at the end of the tunnel for Detroit’s injured goaltenders, so the Wings will continue to ride Jimmy Howard.
• Outside of Don Cherry with Bobby Orr, the greatest coach/player mancrush in history may have been Ken Hitchcock/Jere Lehtinen. So if the Blues’ coach is willing to invoke the name of the three-time Selke winner to praise St. Louis rookie Vladimir Tarasenko, you know the kid is more than just a show pony.
• New coach Bob Hartley called Miikka Kiprusoff one of the reasons he came to Calgary. If Kipper keeps playing this way, he might be one of the reasons Hartley leaves, too.