Flyers rally to clip the Red Wings, plus updates on Henrik Lundqvist, Sergei Bobrovsky, Semyon Varlamov, Aleksander Barkov, Tyler Kennedy and more.
PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers scored five straight goals in overcoming 3-1 deficit to down the injury-riddled Detroit Red Wings 6-3. Sean Couturier led the way with two goals and two assists for the Flyers. The Wings got some good news, as Pavel Datsyuk (concussion) is symptom-free and should return soon, while defenseman Danny DeKeyser (separated shoulder) could come off LTIR on December 14.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
NBC SPORTS: The breakdown of NY Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s new contract has been revealed, with the goalie receiving $11 million in his first season and $5.5 million in the final season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Imagine the salary variance for Lundqvist under the previous CBA. It’s a good bet that deal would’ve been longer than seven years to bring about an even lower cap hit.
USATODAY.COM: Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has been sidelined 4-5 weeks with a groin strain.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could kill the struggling Jackets playoff hopes.
DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov could be the starter for Russia at the Sochi Olympics.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon said his club would not release forward Aleksander Barkov to participate in the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championships. In other Panthers news, they drew their smallest announced attendance in six seasons in their recent home game against the Ottawa Senators. The announced attendance was 10, 074, though the actual fans in the stands was around 8,000.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cue the calls to “Move the Panthers to Toronto/Quebec City/Seattle” in three…two…one…
TRIBLIVE.COM: San Jose Sharks forward Tyler Kennedy expects his return to Pittsburgh to play his former club will be emotional. Kennedy was dealt to the Sharks last summer.
TBO.COM: Eric Brewer (lower body) joins a growing list of injured Tampa Bay Lightning which includes Steven Stamkos, Ryan Malone, Radko Gudas, Tom Pyatt and Pierre-Cedric Labrie.
STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues are coping with their first two-game losing skid of the season.