Sidney Crosby out indefinitely again, Claude Giroux to miss at least one more game, Zdeno Chara injury not serious, Brad Richards returns to Dallas, the value of David Backes, Erik Johnson must produce more, Erik Gudbranson learning NHL highs and lows, Martin St. Louis on the mend from eye injury, Devils edge Lightning, Desjardins and Marchand fined.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been sidelined indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms, though he’s passed an ImPACT neurocognitive test, and claimed he feels better than he did following his previous concussion injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This has given rise to “beginning of the end” musings about Crosby’s career. This setback, while troubling, doesn’t mean his career is coming to an end. He and the Penguins are doing the right thing by ensuring he takes the time he needs to fully recover, which probably won’t take nearly as long as his previous one. Still, how Crosby deals with this, and how well he recovers, will be a hot topic of conversation and debate.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Claude Giroux is recovering well from his head injury, but won’t play tonight against Washington and is questionable on Thursday against Montreal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Giroux and the Flyers aren’t going to rush his recovery. Hopefully, he’ll be back by the weekend.
BOSTON HERALD: Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said his knee injury isn’t as serious as feared, as it’s only a minor sprain. He’s expected back in the lineup by next week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And with that, Bruins fans can collectively exhale a sigh of relief.
ESPN.COM: New York Rangers center Brad Richards will face the Dallas Stars tonight, his first game facing his former team since signing with the Rangers as a UFA.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues captain David Backes a major factor in the Blues turnaround this season.
DENVER POST: Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson has to provide more production, as he’s yet to score a goal this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Johnson is the Avs best puck-moving defenseman, but with only nine points (all assists) in 25 games, he’s not providing the offense his team needs.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers rookie defenseman Erik Gudbranson adjusting to the NHL learning curve.
TBO.COM: Lightning winger Martin St. Louis is on the mend following a recent eye injury suffered during practice. Once he returns, he expects to wear a visor.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: St. Louis was lucky he didn’t suffer permanent, potentially career-ending damage. Wearing a visor doesn’t make you weak, and with today’s technology, fogging isn’t much of an issue anymore. The best players in the game wear them without a problem. This should be common sense by now.
NJ.COM: Zach Parise and Adam Henrique lead the Devils to a 5-4 win over the Lightning.
KUKLA’S KORNER: The NHL has fined San Jose Sharks forward Andrew Desjardins (boarding) and Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand (slew-footing) $2,500.00 each.