An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Jonas Hiller didn’t just miss out on a start on Wednesday night. Too sick to go against the Canucks, the NHL’s hottest goaltender missed out on all the fun as the Ducks set a pair of franchise records in a 9-1 thrashing of Vancouver. The most amazing stat of the evening? Anaheim started the game with the league’s 22nd ranked power play, but after scoring five times with the extra man the Ducks had jumped up to 15th.
• So instead of turning a corner with their hard-fought 1-0 loss to the Kings last Monday, the Canucks simply ran face first into a different wall. With seven losses in their last eight games, it’s fair to ask where do they go from here?
• Wyatt Arndt doesn’t blames referee Paul Devorski for making the calls that turned the game into a farce, but he’s sure not thrilled by how they were made.
• A young Finn took center stage in Pittsburgh as the Penguins set a franchise record of their own.
• Adam Oates did not enjoy his part in that historic event.
• Claude Julien says he knows there’s something wrong with Tuukka Rask’s game and that the team has a plan to address the goalie’s tumbling numbers. With defenseman Dennis Seidenberg out of the lineup, Rask is not getting the help he’s used to, but he’s also visibly not as sharp, either, especially when the Bruins are on the penalty kill.
• Rask’s swoon could cost him the starting job on Team Finland in Sochi if it’s not quickly corrected, especially in light of how well Antti Niemi has played of late.