Losing is getting to Jiggy, who took candid exception to his team's focus on a Las Vegas trip. (Danny Murphy/Icon SMI)
By Allan Muir
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Adrian Dater called it "the strongest quote I've ever gotten from an Avs player in 18 years of covering the team." You can read what J-S Giguere had to say about his Colorado teammates here.
• The Avs lost the game, but at least they gained two points in the Seth Jones lottery.
• Colorado fans were probably wondering who was wearing the Ryan O'Byrne sweater for the Maple Leafs last night. Their former whipping boy made an auspicious debut for Toronto in a win over the Rangers.
• The Red Wings have been a playoff staple for 21 consecutive seasons, but that streak is at risk as this season winds down.
• If these really are Ryan Miller's last games with the Sabres, he's going out in style.
• Ryan Kesler returned to Vancouver's lineup after missing 19 games and tallied the winner in a 2-0 win over a lifeless Coyotes squad.
• Despite new players in the mix, there's no sale imminent in Phoenix. No, really, this is a news story. Check it out.
• The playoff hopes of the New York Islanders rest on the aging shoulders of Evgeni Nabokov. The way he's going, you have to believe they will re-up him this summer.
• Once his immigration issues are resolved, the Blues could add recently-signed forward Dmitrij Jaskin to their forward mix. The 20-year-old scored 46 goals in 51 games with Moncton of the QMJHL this season.
• Here's more on Erik Karlsson's surprising return to the ice yesterday.
• Being demoted to the third line didn't shock Tyler Seguin. It looked more like he'd been benched than demoted during stretches of Boston's 6-2 win over the Hurricanes on Monday night.
• Canadiens coach Michel Therrien is shuffling the deck to compensate for the season-ending injury to defender Alexei Emelin. He'll need more physicality from his forwards to compensate for a much softer blue line.
• SI.com's Stu Hackel breaks down the Canadiens' ongoing success.
• Edmonton's playoff hopes took a serious hit in a 2-1 loss to the Ducks that was nowhere near as close as the score indicated. Anaheim ran up a 21-3 shot advantage during one particularly dominant stretch.
• Looks like game over for veteran defender Andy Sutton.
• Sidney Crosby attended Pens' practice yesterday and says he feels a lot better. Still no timetable for his return.
• Meanwhile, the concussion suffered by winger James Neal is forcing the Pens to try out some new line combos. Looks like Evgeni Malkin will center Jarome Iginla and Chris Kunitz on a makeshift top line. Not bad for leftovers...
• Surprise! It's Canada against the U.S. tonight with the gold medal on the line at the Women's World Championship. Should be a dandy. (SI.com's Nick Zaccardi talked to players from both sides about their rivalry through the years.)
• Hockey Canada expects a yes or no decision on NHL participation in the Sochi Olympics
no later than the May 3 start of the World Championship.