Top Line: J-S Giguere rips his Avs, Red Wings' streak at risk, more links

Tuesday April 9th, 2013

Goalie J-S Giguere ripped his Colorado Avalanche teammates. 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.

•'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. ('s Nick Zaccardi talked to players from both sides about their rivalry through the years.)

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