Top Line: Reeling Blues about to catch hell, sinking Sharks, more links

Tuesday February 12th, 2013

St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock is furious. House of horror in St. Louis: Will the skidding Blues turn coach Ken Hitchcock into a psycho? (Scott Kane/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

A guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:

• "This is the homestand from hell," said St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock after his team wet the bed for the fifth straight game. Sounds like the Blues are about to meet Angry Hitch. Ask some old Dallas Stars how much fun that will be.

• "Well, this one sucks," replies Sharks' coach Todd MacLellan.

• Life in a shooting gallery is really getting to Ryan, wait, this is the right link.

• Michel Therrien has changed his act and it seems to be working out pretty well for the Habs.

Henrik Sedin is on the verge of making history in Vancouver.

• An injury to James Reimer took the polish off an otherwise impressive--and rare--home win for the Maple Leafs. Tim Wharnsby has a few ideas how to make the ACC more hospitable for the Buds.

• Damien Cox follows up with a strong piece on how the Maple Leafs are finally getting it right.

• Breaking down a big win for the Blue Jackets...with multiple Jaws references!

• Washington forward Jason Chimera says the players would like a say in any NHL realignment plans. Probably only polite to bring them in the room, but someone please remind me exactly why they should feel entitled to being part of this process?

Corey Perry says he's more mature now, which I guess means gossiping with friends about the latest episode of “Austin and Ally” is out as a means of snapping his ridiculous goal-scoring slump.

• Here's one that beer leaguers can relate to: Colorado's Milan Hejduk has worn the same shin guards for at least 10 years. Hey, money's tight everywhere.

Andrew Ference is looking for a new contract from the Boston Bruins. He's a glue guy in the room and a reliable presence on the ice, but this one will come down to dollars.

• The slumping Senators will try rookie Mika Zibanejad on the first line between Daniel Alfredsson and Milan Michalek tonight. I believe that's called the "throw it at the wall, see what sticks" approach.

• In case you missed it: the absence of a bloody stump meant no suspension for Mikhail Grabovski after he allegedly bit Montreal's Max Pacioretty.

• And they said it wouldn't last...Matt Cooke continues to lead the life of a new man for the Pittsburgh Penguins. • That's not a bad run for Boston College. The seniors on the team are the first to claim four straight titles and an 8-0 record at the Beanpot after taking care of Northeastern in last night's tournament final.

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