Top Line: Ben Scrivens sets modern record; outdoor game a bore; more links
An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:
• Hey, remember a couple of weeks back when Ben Scrivens was traded to the Oilers and we all thought his numbers would suffer playing behind Edmonton's schoolyard defense? Funny thing. Turns out that the more shots he sees, the more he stops. Last night it was a post-expansion NHL record of 59 as he led his team to a wildly undeserved 3-0 win over the Sharks.
• It was a nice effort and all, but Scrivens still can't hold a candle to this 15-year-old girl.
• Reports indicate next year's outdoor schedule could include as many as four games, with several offbeat locations in the mix.
• And maybe one well-trodden one.
• SI's Brian Cazeneuve was given behind-the-scenes access at the games in Los Angeles and New York. Here's his collection of scenes and heards.
• "I couldn’t remember how to get to the rink for half the season. I was totally forgetful. I couldn’t remember what time it was, what I was supposed to be doing. It was just one turn to the right, one turn to the left to get to the rink, but I got lost just going there. Everybody wanted to play me in the simplest of card games because they knew they could beat me.” That's former NHL enforcer Gino Odjick speaking candidly for the first time about his battle with concussion-related mental illness.
• If the NHL decides to hold back its players from attending the Sochi Games, the fault lies squarely in the laps of the IOC.
• Canada has no contingency plan in the event of an NHL pullout from Sochi? Hey, Bob Nicholson: I'm old and slow, but my bags are packed if you need me.
• The NHL has "compromised its level of play, put its players at greater risk of injury, and turned itself nearly inside out in order to shut itself down at the worst possible time," so it can participate in the Winter Olympics. Bob Ford clearly isn't a hockey fan.
• "I would have to say that's probably one of the nicer goals I've seen this year," said the color commentator. "You think?" said everyone who was watching:
• Dan O'Neill references the art of aging whiskey and risky club selection at The Masters Tournament to explain how Alex Steen needs to find symmetry in his game after returning from injury. No, really.
• You know how some stats catch you completely off guard? Yeah, this is one of them.
• Legendary coach Clare Drake joins Steve Yzerman and women's hockey great France St-Louis as the 2014 recipients of the Order of Hockey in Canada.• Here's a great story about how a couple of ex-NHLers helped a man who had a bit of vision turn a dying junior hockey franchise into one of the beasts of the WHL.