An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Is James Reimer the best goalie in hockey right now? The numbers make an interesting case, even if they can’t earn him the starter’s job in Toronto.
• He’s not exactly letting the cat out of the bag here, but Team USA GM David Poile strongly implied that one New York Ranger was a lock for Sochi, and two others are in the running for spots.
• The goals aren’t flowing yet for New York’s reunited top line, but the chances are coming for Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan. The trio has turned in three consecutive strong performances since the return of Nash from IR, giving the Blueshirts hope that their offense might soon get out of first gear.
• A pair of losses has done more than end an 8-1-1 hot streak in Phoenix. It revealed a long-festering problem that threatens to undermine their bid for a playoff spot in the tough Pacific race.