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Ryan Miler of the Buffalo Sabres It's now likely that Ryan Miller will sit in Sochi, at least early on. (Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning's must-read hockey stories:

• Team USA's Ryan Miller picked a lousy time to allow 10 goals in five periods. He hasn't had much help from the Sabres' tissue-paper defense, but he hasn't been sharp, either. It's now looking more likely that Jonathan Quick will get the first two starts in Sochi.

Lightning fans were hoping that Martin St. Louis gets the call to replace his injured teammate. They got their wish.

• Ken Campbell says that this player, not St. Louis, is the right choice for Canada.

• There's no sugar-coating it, writes Mark Spector. The loss of Steven Stamkos is a disaster for Team Canada.

• It turns out that Team Canada won't be sleeping three to a room in Sochi after all.

• Finland is still waiting for word on the availability of Mikko Koivu. The Wild's captain won't receive medical clearance in time to join Minnesota for its pre-Olympic finale tonight, but Patrick Reusse says that shouldn't stop Koivu from competing for his homeland.

• The American women's team had a VIP interaction yesterday in Sochi. No, it wasn't with Rob Ford.

• Not everyone is in love with the idea of shutting down the NHL for the Olympic Games.

• Teammates say that a more mature Alex Ovechkin is managing the twin pressures of being the face of Russia for the Olympic Games and keeping the Capitals in playoff contention.

• Canada's women's team is a mess heading into the Sochi tournament, but former captain Hayley Wickenheiser could still make her sixth trip to the Games her best one yet.

• If you went to bed early, you missed a heck of a game between the NHL's two top clubs. Maybe this will be the moment that turns the season around for a Blackhawks team that has looked a bit uninspired of late.

• The decision of a football-playing father to forbid his son from following in his athletic footsteps is paying off for this Wild rookie.

David Krejci has been the leading playoff scorer in two of the last three years, but only this season has he figured out how to become an 82-game player.

• Kevin Dupont says that the absence of this vital quality could keep the Bruins from being a true Stanley Cup contender.

Nikolai Kulemin has no interest in leaving the Maple Leafs, but the UFA could be on the move ahead of the trade deadline just the same.

• Check out Flames prospect Emile Poirier absolutely posterizing Carl Neill with one of the sweetest double dekes you'll see this year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtzXUta56wo

• The Coyotes will have to deal with a trademark squatter before they can change their team name next season.

• The end of parity between the U.S. and Canadian dollars could have a dramatic effect on the way the NHL's Canadian teams operate in the future.

John Tortorella's job is safe … for now, anyway.

• Better hide this one from the #fancystats kids: Calgary is blocking more shots than any team other than the Canadiens, a sure sign of their improvement.

• According to the fine folks at TMZ, this is what a retired hockey player spent half a million bucks on.
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