By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Gregg Kruppa of The Detroit News says it’s time to end the shootout. He’s not alone in that line of thought…but that doesn’t make him any less wrong. Think I might have to chime in on this one soon.
• So, did the Flyers finally give starter Ilya Bryzgalov a break on Tuesday after 22 straight starts or was he benched after either falling asleep or pretending to fall asleep during a team meeting? It’s always something with Philly, isn’t it?
• Here’s a solid take on what Roberto Luongo’s 40-save performance against the Flames meant to his teammates and to himself.
• The Penguins want Jarome Iginla to start shooting more often. Hard to believe that a 500-goal scorer feels like he needs to defer to anyone, but that’s what’s been happening too often in Pittsburgh.
• If a fourth straight loss doesn’t put an end to Edmonton’s playoff aspirations, the possibility of losing Taylor Hall to yet another suspension might do the trick. That two-handed slash should earn him a call from Sheriff Shanahan.
• The problem in Edmonton? A lack of reliable support personnel. Pretty clear where GM Steve Tambellini needs to set his sights this summer.
• Their 21-year string of playoff appearances hasn’t been broken yet, but the attention being paid to it indicates that the postseason is no longer being taken for granted in Detroit.
• A stint on the sidelines is all part of the learning process for promising defender Brendan Smith. He’s expected back in the lineup for the Red Wings tonight against the Sharks.