An abbreviated but annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Roberto Luongo left Sunday night’s game early with an undisclosed injury, raising questions for both the Canucks and Team Canada. We should know more today about his condition and how it might impact his plans for the next six weeks or so.
• The buzz continues to build around Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson. At this point, his game shouldn’t be taking anyone by surprise, especially not the voters who are responsible for choosing this season’s Norris Trophy winner. With every team visiting every NHL city this season, there’s no excuse to overlook a talent like OEL.
• Eric Duhatschek looks at the growing prominence of backup goalies, including the Kings’ Martin Jones, who will be trying to make history with his next start. Jones’ success will put Los Angeles in an interesting position when Jonathan Quick returns to the lineup.
• Ken Campbell uses Jones’ instant success to make the case against offering long-term contracts to such goalies as Henrik Lundqvist.
• A near-fatal car crash changed the perspective of the Flyers’ Jake Voracek, helping him to work through an early season slump and finally regain his world-class form.