USA vs. Canada preview; Hossa returns; Cunningham’s new lease on life (Puck Headlines)

• Who told this dude that Kevin Hayes’s name is Willie Mays? The ‘Say Hey Kid’ never played for the New York Rangers. Probably because he’s baseball player. Oh and he wore No. 24 with the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets. This is terrible. [@JerseyFouls]

• Marian Hossa is expected to return to the Chicago Blackhawks lineup on Thursday. Hossa hasn’t played since December 20 due to an upper body injury. [CSN Chicago]

• Incredible story: After defying death, Arizona Coyotes minor leaguer Craig Cunningham has new lease on life. [ESPN]

• Previewing the gold medal game between the United States and Canada. [USA Hockey]

• Five takeaways from Team USA’s victory over Team Russia in the World Junior semi-finals. [United States of Hockey]

• Despite discounting tickets for Canada versus Sweden, the Bell Centre in Montreal had a lot of empty seats. [Yahoo! Canada]

• T.J. Oshie stays hooked up to a machine that pumps an electrical current through his body up to 12 hours a day. He swears by it. [Washington Post]

• Insightful Q&A with women’s hockey superstar Hilary Knight on the future of the NWHL and the need for one league. [The Ice Garden]

• The 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins currently hold the league high win streak which is being threatened by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Members of that Pens squad reflect on Columbus’s accomplishments. [AP]

• New York Islanders prospects Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang are itching to get out of Bridgeport and up with the big club. [CBS New York]

• Diving further into the bylaws of the NWHL and how the Board of Governors (or lack thereof) impacts the future of the league. [Excelle Sports]

• Jarome Iginla probably won’t be on the Colorado Avalanche for much longer as he goes for his ‘Ray Bourque moment.’ [The Globe and Mail]

• With the struggles in the Tampa Bay Lightning defense, might it be time for Rick Bowness to be shown the door? [Raw Charge]

• One of the common threads of some of hockey’s best players is a history of playing lacrosse. [SI]

• Checking in on the Washington Capitals and their power play. [Japers’ Rink]

• Cap acrobatics aside, making the case for adding Iggy to the Chicago Blackhawks. [Committed Indian]

• Making the case for Brent Burns to win the Norris Trophy this year. [FanRag Sports]

• Busting the myth that Steven Stamkos ‘left millions on the table’ to re-sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning. [Maple Leafs Hot Stove]

• How a hockey great, a man of medicine and a small British town crossed paths in World War II. [Banners on the Wall]

• “The most famous anonymous goalie in hockey history.” [The Record]

• Rarely seen outside of Canada, let alone the western United States, an outdoor rink in Lake Stevens, Washington. [King 5]

• Meet the ECHL All-Star Classic: The king of all gimmicks. [The Sin Bin]

• Fantasy hockey: Top 100 keeper league defensemen. [Dobber]

• Finally, you know your child attends a school in Canada when their choir sings ‘The Hockey Song.’