An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• He’s not about to Wally Pipp Jonathan Quick or anything, but Ben Scrivens has been lights out since taking over for the injured star in Los Angeles. He hasn’t been beaten in more than 150 minutes and now leads the league in goals-against and save percentage. Nice way to make an impression on the new bosses.
• With Evgeni Nabokov rumored to be out for at least four weeks, Kevin Poulin is another backup with a chance to prove he’s ready for prime time. The kid’s played well of late, and with Nabokov’s time running out, this is a great opportunity for him to show he’s capable of eventually assuming the No. 1 job on Long Island.
• Interesting news this morning out of Russia, where Olympic team boss Vladislav Tretiak has told the media that only a 15-man Olympic roster needs to be announced by Dec. 31, allowing for additional time before the full Sochi rosters need to be finalized. Very interesting if true as it allows teams more time to evaluate injuries (hello, Steven Stamkos) and fill in spots with players who are peaking at the right time.
• Changing up his equipment hasn’t helped Evgeni Malkin look any better around the net.
• Jim Matheson says this young gun is an Olympic lock, and explains the necessity of six outdoor games this season in his Monday morning column.