Pre-game reading: Vote Craig Anderson into the All-Star Game


— Up top, Jonathan Toews and Auston Matthews challenge each other to break a bunch of stuff. It’s not quite Michael Jordan and Larry Bird shooting for a Big Mac, but it’s not bad.

— The Ottawa Citizen thinks it would be nice if fans voted Senators goalie Craig Anderson into the All-Star Game (vote here). We couldn’t agree more. Anderson is currently on a leave of absence to be with his wife, Nicholle, who is battling cancer. Even if he couldn’t attend the game, voting him in would send both of them a supportive message. (Ottawa Citizen)

— Pierre LeBrun believes wins should be worth three points, not just two. We’ve argued the same, but others with slightly more sway disagree. Said Flames president Brian Burke: “You will have teams mathematically eliminated from the playoffs by Christmas. … I have zero interest in that. None. I’d rather put a sharp stick in my eye.” Okay then. (ESPN)

— Which NHL teams need to rebuild the most? According to Vice Sports, the Vancouver Canucks come in at No. 1, followed by the Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders. The Canucks, for the record, do not believe they need to tear it down and start all over again. So far, they’ve been resistant to trading the likes of Chris Tanev and Jannik Hansen, though we’ll see if that changes if they miss the playoffs again. (Vice Sports)

Gerard Gallant, former Florida Panthers head coach, gets into a cab after being relieved of his duties following an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

— Gerard Gallant wants everyone to know that the Florida Panthers called him a car service after he got fired in Carolina. “I know everyone has seen the photos of me getting into the cab,” he told Sportsnet via text message. “What happened is getting blown out of proportion. They called a car service, but I did not want to wait.” Fair enough.

— Remember goalie Jeff Glass? He won a gold medal at the 2005 World Juniors, back-stopping Canada’s loaded roster that featured Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf, Patrice Bergeron, Brent Seabrook, Dion Phaneuf, Shea Weber, Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, Andrew Ladd, and Corey Perry. Glass was drafted by the Ottawa Senators but never got to play an NHL game, instead spending most of his pro career in the KHL. Now 31 years old, he’s with the Toronto Marlies on a professional tryout. The Marlies, of course, needed a goalie after Garret Sparks was suspended for remarks he made online. (Canadian Press)