Rangers clinch a playoff berth, Predators face a must-win game, Lightning re-sign GM Steve Yzerman, plus updates on Scottie Upshall, Mike Green, R.J. Umberger, Nathan Gerbe and Zac Rinaldo.
NOTE: As all of last night’s games involved Canadian NHL teams, they will be recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
NEW YORK POST: Thanks to the New Jersey Devils losing to the Calgary Flames, the idle New York Rangers clinched a playoff berth.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators face a must-win game tonight against the Dallas Stars if they hope to keep their playoff hopes alive.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers forward Scottie Upshall could set a league record for the fewest points by a team’s leading scorer over a full 82-game schedule. Upshall leads the Panthers with 36 points. The current record is 39, set by Scott Pellerin with the Minnesota Wild in 2001.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That would overshadow the fact Upshall is having a career year, having turned around his season following a poor start.
TBO.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed GM Steve Yzerman to a four-year contract extension.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Capitals defenseman Mike Green is out for the remainder of the season with an upper-body injury.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger (upper-body injury) has been sidelined at least two weeks.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe could be re-signed unless the club decides to get bigger and more physical.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers winger Zac Rinaldo received a four-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of Buffalo Sabres defenseman Chad Ruhwedel.