Top Line: Kings back in Cup form, Nash to play for Rangers, more links
By Allan Muir
A guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Don't look now, but the Kings have won five straight and seven of eight despite an uneven effort against the Red Wings on Wednesday night. Jonathan Bernier has his own four-game winning streak going. The backup has allowed just one goal in each of those victories.
• There is a God. The Canucks announced that Japandroids' The House That Heaven Built won a fan survey to become the team's new entrance song, beating out some crappy song by Nickelback. Sorry not to narrow that one down for you.
• Count Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau among the supporters of the realignment plan that moves Detroit to the Eastern Conference. Boudreau also hopes that Detroit takes the Blackhawks and the Kings with them.
• All is right in the hockey world when the Montreal/Toronto rivalry matters again.
• It might be wise for opposing players to avoid the temptation to plaster 5'-8" rookie Brendan Gallagher every chance they get. The Leafs learned last night it brings out the best in him.
• I'm not sure why a Penguins fan would want a comprehensive list of every hat trick scored against them, but the Post-Gazette put it together anyway. Hmmm...four teams have never notched a hatty against the Pens...
• The Sedin Twins answer questions about fish. This is a real thing.
• Yes, attendance is bad is Phoenix, but AZCentral has some surprising numbers about a turnaround at the Jobing.com Arena box office.
• There are Habs' fans, hardcore Habs' fans, and then there's Jamie Galsim.
• Team Canada and the Livestrong Foundation have teamed up to create a"bumblebee" third jersey for the 2013 World Women's Hockey Championship. We appreciate the cause and all, but this is some special kind of ugly.