The Penguins down the Rangers, plus the latest on Duncan Keith, Jonathan Quick, Josh Harding, Sergei Gonchar, Brayden Schenn, Brad Marchand, Jordin Tootoo and more.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Brandon Sutter’s shootout goal lifted the injury-depleted Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers for their 10th win in eleven games. Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland was suspended five games for a hit on Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader.
NOTE: The Ottawa Senators-New Jersey Devils game is recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
CSNCHICAGO.COM: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is having a season worthy of the Norris Trophy.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings are being cautious about Jonathan Quick’s return, which could be during the first week of January.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fortunately for the Kings, Martin Jones and Ben Scrivens have done a fine job filling in for Quick, so the Kings can take their time in easing Quick back into the lineup.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild have place Josh Harding on LTIR until December 27th to allow for a minor adjustment for his MS treatment. Harding and the Wild had anticipated this, taking pains to explain it’s only a minor procedure and not a relapse in his condition.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: After a slow start to this season, Stars ageing defenseman Sergei Gonchar has returned to form.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Brayden Schenn has no memory of a vicious hit he received from Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson, but otherwise he was only slightly hurt. Wilson, meanwhile, faces a disciplinary hearing with the league today.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli wasn’t pleased with winger Brad Marchand’s ring- and cup-kissing antics during their recent loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Chiarelli said he discussed the matter with Marchand.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Marchand should spend less time trash-talking and more time improving his performance this season.
DETROIT NEWS: The injury-ravaged Red Wings have recalled Jordin Tootoo.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Since hiring interim coach Peter Horachek the Florida Panthers are 10-8-1 and are only six points out of a playoff berth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That might explain why GM Dale Tallon hasn’t pulled the trigger on more moves of late.
NBC SPORTS: cites speculation from TSN’s Bob McKenzie suggesting Las Vegas could be a target for NHL expansion.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cue the outrage over the NHL favoring southern non-traditional hockey markets over popular Canadian ones.