Scrutiny of Bylsma in Buffalo; Canucks, Friends mashup (Puck Headlines)


• Lord Stanley made a special trip to visit Denna Laing. How can you not be encouraged by that smile! [@keeperofthecup]

• What should be make of Sidney Crosby now that he enters ‘middle age’ in his career? [SI]

• The honeymoon is definitely over for Dan Bylsma in Buffalo and the scrutiny is mounting. [Buffalo News]

• Claude Julien tied Art Ross for the most victories by a coach in Boston Bruins history. He is humbled as he reflects back on the achievement. [Bruins Daily]

• The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks play a huge game for first place in the Pacific on Saturday. Could the Ducks actually pass the Kings for this first time this season? [Jewels From the Crown]

• “Doubt is the Kryptonite of any fan … While you might celebrate the team’s 38-20-7 record, Doubt will tell you the [Dallas] Stars are under .500 since Jan. 1.” [Dallas News]

• Why won’t Hockey Canada give P.K. Subban their vote of confidence on the national team? [Color of Hockey]

• Breaking down the goaltending tandems and trios announced for the World Cup of Hockey. [In Goal Mag]

• In a difficult five years, Penn State’s hockey program has transitioned from club team to being on the verge of their first NCAA tournament berth. [YDR]

• Guess what? The Washington Capitals are still really good. Here are the numbers to explain why. [Japers’ Rink]

• Fancy stats analysis of the pleasant surprise that is Brian Dumoulin for the Pittsburgh Penguins. [Pensblog]

• Q&A with Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop. [The Hockey Writers]

• Texas Stars defenseman Esa Lindell knew he made Team Finland’s World Cup of Hockey roster a few days before the official announcement. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]

• Why trading Kris Russell to the Dallas Stars may not be as bad as the analytics and skeptics alike claim it to be. [Defending Big D]

• Since meeting in the 2013 Cup Final, the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks organizations have gone in opposite directions. [Boston Sports Desk]

• 10 questions facing the Connecticut Whale as they go against the Buffalo Beauts in the NWHL semi-finals. [Today’s Slapshot]

• Your complete guide to the NCAA women’s hockey playoffs. [Victory Press]

• Bo Horvat has been a part of winning teams a majority of his career. Now that the Canucks are in full rebuild mode, how will the kid handle the final 20 games of the season? [Canucks Army]

• Breaking down the jersey designs for teams Canada, United States, and the under-23 North America. [Hockey By Design]

• Jaromir Jagr talks about giving up his 10 cups of coffee a day habit for Lent. [Deadspin]

• Most people outside of Anaheim hate Ryan Kesler. He’s actually pretty funny, at least when he’s not on the ice. [ESPN]

• Finally, so what if the Vancouver Canucks season is going down the tubes?! Someone made this incredible mash up of clips to the ‘Friends’ theme song. It’s brilliant. [PITB]