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The Rangers had 41 shots n a 1-0 loss to San Jose, but Martin St. Louis (26) didn't take any of them. (Gerry Broome/AP)

Martin St. Louis of the New York Rangers

By Allan Muir

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

• Wasn't Martin St. Louis supposed to spark the Rangers' offense? The reigning Art Ross Trophy winner hasn't scored in seven games since joining the team, but then again he's not the only Blueshirt who is struggling to light the lamp.

• You can't blame New York for feeling like the NHL war room bungled this goal review.

• The Flyersgot more than four points out of a home-and-home sweep of the struggling Penguins.

• Pittsburgh will get two key players back for practice today, but does it mean that either is close to returning to game action?

• Three games in three days would be a nightmare for most players, but for Nathan Lieuwen it was a dream come true.

• The Blues will have to go deep into the playoffs if they hope to see Vladimir Tarasenko again this season. The 21-goal scorer needs surgery on his right hand and will miss at least six weeks.

• Jim Matheson talks about a potential front-office retirement, a potential buy-out candidate and a first-line talent on Long Island in his this 'n' that column.

• Matty also wonders about which course of action the Oilers will take with Nail Yakupov. Do they continue to develop the former No. 1 pick, or does it make more sense to cut their losses and trade him at the draft?

• Leaders aren't born in hockey. They're carefully groomed by those who come before them.

• Wes Gilbertson has some advice for whoever eventually gets the GM gig in Calgary: Bring Back Bob.

• The Blackhawks were quiet at the trade deadline because they knew help was already on the way. On Sunday, they found out when it would arrive.

• One member of the Wild may have a bigger cheering section than any Bruins player when Minnesota visits Boston on Tuesday night.

• A date has been set to replay the game between the Blue Jackets and the Stars that was postponed due to Rich Peverley's life-threatening situation, and while Columbus has agreed to it, it puts them in a very tough spot.

Adam Henrique didn't need recent events to remind him of the life, and death, of junior teammate Mickey Renaud. He carries those memories with him every day.

• If the Jets retain head coach Paul Maurice past this season -- and they'd be crazy not to -- the first thing they need to do this summer is to send him to Russia.

• After pulling themselves into playoff position with strong two-way play, the Stars are losing their defensive composure at the worst possible time.

• The Red Wingsneed Jimmy Howard to step up his game if they're to have any chance of stretching their playoff streak to 23 years.

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