By Allan Muir
A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• It’s one thing to throw the book at a Jannik Hansen or a Raffi Torres, says Damien Cox. Let’s see how Brendan Shanahan handles young Oilers star Taylor Hall after his controversial hit on Thursday night.
• Montreal is off to its best start since its Stanley Cup-winning 1992-93 season. Dave Stubbs gives credit to the “No Excuses” culture established by new GM Marc Bergevin and coach Michel Therrien.
• The Senators may as well play their home games in Binghamton after losing another star player to injury last night. This time, it was their savior, Craig Anderson, who left the game early. The MVP candidate is day-to-day with an ankle injury.
• Scary moment last night in Detroit where Artem Anisimov was stretchered off the ice after an awkward hit by Detroit’s Kyle Quincey.
• Allaying concussion concerns, Marian Hossa returned to practice Thursday and may be able to skate for the Blackhawks on Friday night
• At some point, the Washington Capitals will learn to stop taking stupid penalties. Or they’ll learn to get comfortable in the Eastern Conference cellar.
• A teammate looks back on the the night Tim Horton died.
• A thrilling victory over the Penguins should have been a springboard for the struggling Flyers. Instead, Philadelphia revealed itself to be a team destined for failure in a heartless loss to Florida. Philly is now a dismal 2-7-1 when the opposition scores first.
• Still haunted by the images of Zach Redmond’s blood pooling on the ice, the Winnipeg Jets struggled early in their contest against the Hurricanes. But the “ugly, scary day” ended well with a rare road victory in Carolina.
• With nine goals in 16 games, Jets captain Andrew Ladd has emerged as one of the game’s top left wings. Is he playing himself into the mix for Team Canada?
• The Maple Leafs played Brian Burke hockey to spoil the debut of new Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston.
• Antti Niemi, the fans’ whipping boy last season in San Jose, has proved to be the team’s steadiest player during this erratic season.
• A draft day trade that nobody noticed has paid off quite nicely for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
• New GM Jarmo Kekalainen finally gets to meet the Blue Jackets tonight when the team takes on Detroit. Good bet he’ll have a few notes after this one.
• Jarome Iginla played his best game of the year on Wednesday, but will the end of his early-season funk come too late for the Calgary Flames?
• In the four games since losing Kari Lehtonen, the Dallas Stars are outshooting the competition and taking fewer penalties, but lousy performances from backup goaltenders has them on a 1-3-0 skid.
• Will Yuto Osawa become Japan’s first hockey superstar?
• Is this how we’ll watch hockey in the future?