An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• No Capitals were hurt last night, which might have been the only bright spot in Washington’s non-compete loss to the archrival Penguins. A bag skate might do them some good after being outshot 40-18.
• Alex Ovechkin knows what it’s like to go through a scoring slump, so he’s heard plenty of advice on how to break out of one. What’s surprising is that he’d share that advice with this guy.
• Is there a player who is providing less bang for the buck than the Wild’s Dany Heatley? Here’s why he’s gone from being a two-time 50-goal man to the league’s highest-paid fourth liner.
• Meet Stephane Waite, the man charged with bringing out the best in Canadiens goaltender Carey Price. This is a great look at the tactics of a goalie coach and the impact he can have on the success of an NHL team.
• After giving Seth Jones heavy minutes on their top pairing, the Predators decided it was best to slash the ice time of the rookie blueliner. Here’s why.
• Bernie Miklasz says Blues fans need to get past the cynicism that has been brought on by past failures and simply enjoy a team that’s off to the best start in franchise history.
• The NHL is looking into using new technology to ensure that it gets controversial goal calls correct.