The shaky play of Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller has him on the bench to start the playoffs. (John Cordes/Icon SMI)
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• After being the Ducks’ starter for the better part of the past five years, goalie Jonas Hiller was stunned to learn that he won’t be in net when Anaheim opens its first-round series against the Stars on Wednesday. Can’t blame coach Bruce Boudreau here. Veteran or not, Hiller is his third-best option right now.
• Here’s one more reason why Teemu Selanne is just the best.
• There’s a good ol’ fashioned goaltending controversy brewing in San Jose. Even though Antti Niemi struggled down the stretch, I really didn’t see this coming.
• Here’s why, for Tomas Hertl, beating the Kings is personal.
• The Canadiens are set in net, but Montreal still has a big problem that needs to be straightened out if it’s going to get past the Lightning.
• With goalie Ben Bishop still ailing, the Bolts are going to Plan B for their opener against the Canadiens on Wednesday.
• Henrik Zetterberg will practice with the Red Wings on Tuesday, an amazingly quick return just eight weeks after his back surgery. But his presence forces the big question: When will he be ready for game action?
• For weeks, Nathan MacKinnon and the Avalanche assumed that they were on course for a first-round meeting with the Blackhawks. The collapse of the Blues changed all that, forcing Colorado to abruptly change its focus to a different kind of challenge — the Minnesota Wild.
• Chicago mainstays Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were back on the ice on Monday and should be ready to go for the series opener against St. Louis on Thursday. The Blackhawks might want to keep their heads up in that one. The Blues could decide to target their injuries.