NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 4, 2013.

Game recaps, Henrik Zetterberg sidelined by back injury, Avalanche coach Patrick Roy no fan of advanced stats, Sabres on pace for dubious league record, and the NHL reaches a settlement with Wayne Gretzky.

Sidney Crosby scores in overtime against the Islanders.

Sidney Crosby scores in overtime against the Islanders.

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Sidney Crosby’s overtime goal lifted the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Dwight King netted the game winner in a nine-round shootout to give teammate Martin Jones the win in his first NHL game as the LA Kings edged the Anaheim Ducks 3-2.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars blew a three-goal lead but Antoine Roussel’s penalty shot goal carried them to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made 47 saves for the victory.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Jeff Skinner had a three-point game (including two goals) and Justin Peters kicked out 26 shots as the Carolina Hurricanes rolled to a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Nick Foligno’s between-the-legs goal stood up as the winner as the Columbus Blue Jackets edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0. The win proved costly, however, as goalie Sergei Bobrovsky left the game in the third period with an apparent left leg injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jackets didn’t seem too concerned post-game over the status of Bobrovsky’s injury, which suggests it might not be serious. Hopefully there will be more details soon.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

MLIVE.COM: Henrik Zetterberg joined Pavel Datsyuk on the Detroit Red Wings injured list. Zetterberg is out at least two weeks with a herniated disc.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing Datsyuk was bad enough, but Zetterberg is a double whammy. This provides some of their young players (like Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar) an opportunity to step up and prove themselves.

DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy admits he’s not into advanced stats like Corsi and Fenwick.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Advanced stats are a valuable way to evaluateperformance, but they’re not the end all and be all. 

BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres are on pace to score the fewest goals in a season in the post-expansion era.

USA TODAY: The NHL reached a settlement with Wayne Gretzky over money owed him for losses incurred during the Phoenix Coyotes bankruptcy. Gretzky was a former coach and part-owner of the Coyotes.