Game recaps, 10 ways the Devils can make the playoffs, the Capitals scoring woes plus updates on Pavel Datsyuk, David Krejci, Jeff Skinner and Ilya Bryzgalov.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Jeremy Morin scored and set up another as the Chicago Blackhawks doubled up the St. Louis Blues 4-2.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Jussi Jokinen tallied in a shootout as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Colorado Avalanche 3-2. The Penguins were playing without Sidney Crosby (upper body) and Chris Kunitz (lower body) for precautionary reasons. Their injuries aren’t considered serious.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It won’t adversely affect Crosby’s march to the Art Ross Trophy this season as the league’s leading scorer. With 102 points, he holds a 17-point lead over Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf (85).
PHILLY.COM: Brayden Schenn scored twice as the Philadelphia Flyers snapped their four-game losing skid with a 5-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 31 shots as the Columbus Blue Jackets blanked the NY Islanders 4-0.
MIAMI HERALD: Roberto Luongo made 35 saves as the Florida Panthers scored three unanswered goals to overcome a two-goal deficit and defeat the Dallas Stars 3-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”. The Blue Jackets (87 points), holding the final wild card berth in the Eastern Conference, opened a three-point lead over New Jersey and Toronto. The Flyers (89 points) moved one point ahead of Detroit, who hold the other wild card berth, and within two points of the NY Rangers. Despite the Stars loss, they still cling to the final wild card berth in the Western Conference with 87 points, one point up on the Phoenix Coyotes.
NJ.COM: Randy Miller lists ten scenarios in which the New Jersey Devils can clinch a playoff spot.
WASHINGTON POST: When scoring two-or-fewer goals this season, the Capitals are 0-25-6.
MLIVE.COM: Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk feels no ill-effects of playing back-to-back games for the first time since returning from a knee injury.
BOSTON HERALD: Bruins center David Krejci has enjoyed more offensive consistency this season.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: With 31 goals this season, Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner hopes to take the next step toward becoming an elite NHL scorer.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov is uncertain if his NHL career will continue beyond this season.