An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• There goes Sidney Crosby diving again.
• After watching the Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf take a biscuit in the mush, Jason Kay asks the obvious question: Does shot blocking do more harm than good?
• It’s not always easy to predict which teams will get great goaltending or have their stars go on hot streaks in a series, but James Mirtle says controlling possession is one trait that defines a long playoff run.
• It’s been a dozen years since the Blues and the Blackhawks last met in the postseason. Jeremy Rutherford says built-up hostilities should make their first-rounder a nasty affair.
• But Bernie Miklasz thinks that puck possession, not punishment is St. Louis’ key to victory against Chicago.
• Sochi snubs may have dinged some egos in San Jose, but the downtime they provided may be the key to the Sharks’ Stanley Cup aspirations.
• Marian Gaborik produced a 61.4 percent Corsi rating over the regular season’s final seven games. Ian McLaren says that stat suggests that the veteran winger could be a difference maker for the Kings against San Jose.
• Steve Mason is out for the Flyers’ opener against the Rangers, and that suits an old buddy just fine.
• Philly won’t have much of a home ice advantage when the series shifts to the City of Brotherly Love.