NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 31, 2013.

Blackhawks blank the Kings, Predators down the Red Wings,  plus the latest on Sidney Crosby, Jaromir Jagr, Nathan Horton, P.A. Parenteau, Kyle Okposo, Marc Staal and more.

Brandon Saad celebrates his goal against the Kings.

Brandon Saad celebrates his goal against the Kings.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Annti Raanta out-dueled Martin Jones as the Blackhawks blanked the Los Angeles Kings 1-0. Raanta made 26 saves while Brandon Saad scored the game’s only goal.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators lit up a struggling Jimmy Howard to down the Detroit Red Wings 6-4. Colin Wilson scored twice for the Predators.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Superstar Sidney Crosby keeps the injury-ravaged Pittsburgh Penguins rolling along.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Jersey Devils 41-year-old star Jaromir Jagr leads his club with 34 points.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Jagr maintains his current pace he’ll reach the 70-point plateau for the first time since 2007-08.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Sidelined goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is close to returning while Nathan Horton will soon make his debut with the Blue Jackets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jackets have played well over the past month, but getting these two into their lineup should bolster their chances of making the playoffs.

DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche forward P.A. Parenteau will be sidelined for six weeks recovering from knee surgery.

NEWSDAY: Expectant father Kyle Okposo is having his best NHL season to date, sitting second on the NY Islanders in scoring with 37 points.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Okposo is on pace for career-bests in goals, assists and points this season. 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: After missing nine games to a concussion, Marc Staal returns to the Rangers lineup in tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers.

TWINCITIES.COM: Coach Mike Yeo is facing pressure to reverse the Minnesota Wild’s current skid. They’ve won only five games since November 23.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Interim coach Ted Nolan has been a breath of fresh air for the Sabres.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He could become full time coach following this season.

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  1. Toronto Maple Leafs signed Phaneuf to a 7 year $49 Million dollar contract with a NTC.
    Just lost a ton of faith in Nonis, what an epic failure…