Top Line: Suspension looming for Caps' Erskine, more links
By Allan Muir
A guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette said forward Wayne Simmonds was "suffering from a touch of whiplash" after a vicious elbow to the head from Capitals' defender John Erskine. They're expecting a suspension in Washington.
• With a pair of five-point efforts just six games into the season, it's fair to say Buffalo Sabres' forward Thomas Vanek is pretty good at hockey.
• He's not snakebitten. He's not unlucky. In fact, it's pretty obvious why Toronto Maple Leafs' sniper Phil Kessel is oh-fer-2013.
• Outside of Don Cherry with Bobby Orr, the greatest coach/player mancrush in history may have been Ken Hitchcock/Jere Lehtinen. So if the Blues' coach is willing to invoke the name of the three-time Selke winner to praise St. Louis rookie Vladimir Tarasenko, you know the kid is more than just a show pony. • New coach Bob Hartley called Miikka Kiprusoff one of the reasons he came to Calgary. If Kipper keeps playing this way, he might be one of the reasons Hartley leaves, too.