No. 1 Star: Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
ST. LOUIS — Chris Tanev hasn’t been healthy for more than five games this season. Markus Granlund and Erik Gudbranson tore wrist ligaments before the National Hockey League season was two weeks old. Anton Rodin got into three games before his season ended in surgery. Derek Dorsett only played a month. The Canucks were ravaged by mumps, flu viruses and food poisoning. Poor Joseph Cramarossa. He was picked up off waivers at the start of the month. Ahead of him, he had the best opportunity to play in his career. Three weeks later, he’s hurt and out. Nikolay Goldobin got into three games before catching one of the worst viruses of his life. He lost more than 15 pounds and missed more than two weeks.
LOS ANGELES — Darren Granger has made a habit of working overtime. As the head equipment manager for the Los Angeles Kings, Granger has been along for the ride with one of the NHL’s most successful franchises. When the Kings aren’t winning Stanley Cups (2012 and 2014) or going on long post-season runs, Hockey Canada often comes calling with a post-season or pre-season assignment. Granger never seems to say no. "Our last five years have been busy, but a good busy," the 46-year-old Brandon native said during a short break in his work day Wednesday at the Kings’ practice facility in El Segundo, Calif. "We went to the finals in ’12, went to conference finals in ’13, went to finals in ’14. I also