An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Nate Greenberg breaks out the charts and graphs to reveal the five most underrated players in the NHL playoffs.
• Forget the complaints about Rob Scuderi and Kris Letang and Dan Bylsma. The Penguins can live with their occasional brain cramps. What they can’t survive without are premium efforts from Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. And Dejan Kovacevic says that Pittsburgh can’t wait much longer for their A-games to arrive.
• Not that the Avalanche have missed him while Nathan MacKinnon has been running wild, but Matt Duchene is one step closer to returning to the Colorado lineup.
• Speaking of MacKinnon, the Wild might try to Cooke the Colorado kid in Game 3.
• The Stars went 10-2-1 at home down the stretch. Now they need some more home cooking to stay alive.
• The Sharks’ offensive outburst is the lead story of San Jose’s 7-2 win over the Kings, but the underlying theme was San Jose’s resilience in the face of an early 2-0 deficit.
• The Red Wings might be able to outskate the Bruins, but they sure don’t measure up in scrums.