An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• On the night when Loui Eriksson scored his third goal of the season for the Boston Bruins, Tyler Seguin netted four in one game against the Flames. Two thoughts: first, I’m glad it was Seguin, and not Joe Thornton, who had the big night. Second: This must be the hockey gods’ way of compensating Stars’ fans for the anguish over the James Neal trade. Neal, a good player with Dallas, became a goal-scoring machine when he was fitted with the proper opportunity in Pittsburgh. Seguin, buried behind David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron in Boston, wouldn’t be scoring like this for the B’s. But given the chance to be the go-to guy with first line/power play minutes and a star linemate in Jamie Benn, he’s taking steps toward superstardom. Funny how things work out.
• Must have been a pretty easy night for Kari Lehtonen.
• The Oilers are ready to up the ante in order to acquire an impact player for their struggling blueline. The team has reportedly put its 2014 first rounder in play–no small piece considering it could easily become the first-overall pick the way their season is going.
• The league had no option but to suspend Toronto’s Nazem Kadri for a reckless hit to the head of Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom. But hey, if he has to be out of the lineup for three games, he probably couldn’t have picked a softer part of the schedule to do it.
• Two nights after a frustrating loss to the Coyotes, the Blues put it all together in a blowout win over the Avs.