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.
• In St,. Louis, they blamed it on a phantom penalty on David Backes. In Detroit, it was all about Henrik Zetterberg's five-point night. Either, the Blues still can't buy a win at the JLA.
• 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.
• Just because Roberto Luongo is playing his best hockey in years doesn't mean there's a goaltending controversy in Vancouver.
• Winger Brandon Saad had "a special game" but he couldn't stop the Chicago Blackhawks from dropping another game in the shootout.
• 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.
• Maybe he'll get off the schneid tonight against the Bruins, a team looking for a toughness re-set after being punked by the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.
• Will P.K. Subban make his season debut today against the Sabres? Coach Michel Therrien called him "a game-time decision."
• Former Carolina Hurricanes will be reunited on Pittsburgh's third line as Zach Boychuk makes his Penguins' debut alongside Brandon Sutter this afternoon.
• There's no light at the end of the tunnel for Detroit's injured goaltenders, so the Wings will continue to ride Jimmy Howard.
• 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.