Top Line: Staal injury restarts visor debate, Hawks' streak at 23, more links
By Allan Muir
A guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Rick Nash scored twice in the third period to spark New York's 4-2 win over the Flyers, but the mood was grim as everyone waited word on the extent of Marc Staal's injury. Here's hoping the visor debate this has reignited goes past the talking stage and finally leads to action.
• Can't be easy to be Carey Price. Two rough games, including lost night's loss to the Islanders, and he's raked over the coals by Habs' fans who apparently have forgotten this team finished in the Eastern cellar last season.
• If the Washington Capitals find their way into the playoffs this spring, they'll probably look back at this comeback win over the Boston Bruins and this will over skill OT winner from Eric Fehr as the season's turning point.
• Could the Blue Jackets come away from the 2013 NHL Draft with both Seth Jones and Nathan MacKinnon? With three picks in the first and a little courage from new GM Jarmo Kekalainen, Columbus is well situated for a franchise-altering day.
• Kyle Quincey isn't doing much to help Detroit's offense, and that's exactly how Mike Babcock wants it. That's been one of the strengths of the organization: the ability to get exactly what they need out of veteran players.
• Jeremy Rutherford feels the density of the Western Conference standings is hindering the Blues' ability to make a trade. They may want to find a way around that after allowing five unanswered goals in a 6-4 loss to the Kings.
• How does a team properly discuss a young player who is showing promise without building him up too much? That's the question Sportsnet's Chris Johnston asks about the Maple Leafs and the development of Nazem Kadri.
• Muskegon Lumberjacks winger Frederik Tiffels tops this week's THN Hot List. The German national is a 2013 draft eligible who is committed to Western Michigan University next season.
• Speaking of The Hockey News, Lyle Richardson examines trade rumors surrounding Marian Gaborik, Daniel Briere and Jonathan Bernier.
• Former NHL official Kerry Fraser has some thoughts on curbing the proliferation of diving.
• Have you heard the Phoenix Coyotes are for sale? Apparently the City of Glendale is negotiating with multiple buyers including Greg Jamison, in hopes of selling the team and saving Westgate Center. Not in the story: I think we're fast approaching the end game here. My gut says this team doesn't draft without knowing that they're staying permanently in Phoenix or moving to a new home for 2013-14.
• Joe Yerdon takes a look at a critical weekend for NCAA hockey.
• And we'll close with this amazing video of Chicago Blackhawks' anthem singer Jim Cornelis doing something you've never seen him do before: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab8J-v2DCzI