An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• You have to feel for New Jersey netminder Cory Schneider. Ostensibly acquired over the summer to step into the No. 1 role, he’s instead playing backup to a veteran, just like he did in Vancouver. “It’s Groundhog Day for me. I can’t seem to escape it,” he said. The onus now falls on coach Peter DeBoer to find the balance that keeps both goalies happy and gives the Devils the best chance to win.
• Thanksgiving is a uniquely North American holiday, making it a bit of a mystery to European-born NHLers.
• So this is what it’s come to in Vancouver: John Tortorella is asking Roberto Luongo to be more like Ben Scrivens. Schneider may have gotten out of there just in time.
• Cam Cole says the concussion suit initially filed by 10 players against the NHL will be easy for the league to defend, although a possible future case led by modern players might pose a different challenge.
• Sidney Crosby says his focus is on the Penguins, but he’s starting to get in a Sochi frame of mind. He’s playing his best hockey since his 2011 concussion, setting him up to make a bigger impact than he did in Vancouver where, Golden Goal aside, he was pretty quiet.