By Sarah Kwak
An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• Ilya Bryzgalov is back and instructing the media about second chances. Edmonton's always distinctive new goalie dressed for his first NHL game of the season and watched as his Oilers dismantled the Blue Jackets, 7-0, on Tuesday night.
• Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin meet tonight for the first time as divisional rivals. Should be a good one. First place is on the line.
• Hey Michiganians, stumped for New Year's plans? Head to Ann Arbor and watch a giant puck drop at midnight.
• Kings goalie Ben Scrivens has made the backup discussion a hot topic. His shutout streak ended at 191 minutes on Tuesday night, but Los Angeles still bested the Lightning, 5-2. Scrivens is all the rage right now.
• After years of brutal netminding, the Leafs are more than glad to have two quality stoppers. Coach Randy Carlyle says goaltending is now the flashpoint of the trade market.
• Former NHL blueliner Darius Kasparaitis recalls the time he drank vodka-spiked champagne, found ketchup on his shoe and tried to outrun the cops when he was caught driving drunk.
• They've wobbled a bit of late, but the Avalanche are using a blueprint for success that has worked well for a particular team from Chicago.
• Veteran defenseman Adrian Aucoin has retired after 17 years.
• Does Olympic-sized ice really matter for Team USA?
• Thomas retains the tire pump as his Panthers beat Roberto Luongo and the Canucks on Tuesday night, a fact that the Oilers could not help pointing out on Twitter and igniting a bit of a sparring match.
• Rick Nash returned from a concussion for the Rangers, but his team still can't score. • With the CHL-Russia Super Series underway, Ryan Kennedy compiled his latest hot list of top prospects. Jonathan Drouin is back in high-powered form after being sent back to Halifax by the Lightning.