NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 20, 2012.

No change in Chris Pronger’s recovery from concussion…Red Wings win 23rd straight home game…Rangers edge Blue Jackets in OT…Bruins fall to Wild…Ducks blank Panthers…Blackhawks win third straight…Predators edge Stars…Sabres thump Penguins…Avalanche shot down by Jets…Mattias Ohlund faces major knee surgery…Kris Versteeg fined…Warren Peters suspended.


No improvement in Pronger's condition.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Laura Pronger, the wife of Philadelphia Flyers injured defenseman Chris Pronger, said there’s been no substantial change – positive or negative – in her husband’s post-concussion symptoms.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was already known Pronger wouldn’t return to the Flyers this season or in the playoffs. His career could be over if there’s no significant improvement in his status in the near future. Pronger has reportedly sought out Keith Primeau, whose career was ended due to concussions, for advice regarding treatment and recovery.

DETROIT NEWS: Backup goalie Joey MacDonald made 23 saves as the Red Wings hung on to edge the San Jose Sharks 3-2 for their 23rd consecutive home win.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: One reader raised a interesting stat: as strong as the Wings have been at home, they have a .500 record (15-15-1) on the road so far.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers didn’t let the Rick Nash trade rumors distract them, edging the Blue Jackets in overtime 3-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nash also gave the New York media little to work with regarding his trade status.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Wild snapped a seven-game losing skid, as goalie Niklas Backstrom made 48 saves on route to a 2-0 shutout of the visiting Boston Bruins.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Jonas Hiller got his third shutout of the season, Teemu Selanne netted his 20th goal of the season (the 17th time in his career he’s reached that plateau), as the Anaheim Ducks blanked the Florida Panthers 2-0, their 15th win in their last 21 games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win moves the Ducks five points from a playoff spot; a significant achievement when one considers, six weeks ago, they were 20 point out and everyone – myself included – was writing off their playoff hopes.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Three third period goals gave the Chicago Blackhawks their third consecutive win, downing the St. Louis Blues 3-1.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators edged the Dallas Stars 3-2.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres snapped a four-game winless skid with a big win (6-2) over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

DENVER POST: The Avalanche suffered their third loss in four games, thumped 5-1 by the Winnipeg Jets.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund, who’s missed the entire season to knee surgeries, is now facing major surgery on his left knee.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if Ohlund will be able to resume his NHL career.

NHL.COM: The league fined Florida Panthers forward Kris Versteeg $2,500.00 for cross-checking Washington’s Jeff Halpern.

KUKLA’S KORNER: Minnesota Wild’s Warren Peters was suspended one game for cross-checking Blues forward David Backes in the head.


  1. Ohlund is done! Stick a fork in him. He wasn’t good for much except open ice hits and coughing up the puck. Time Barberio of Gudas to step in.
    Rangers don’t need Nash, they are MUCH better off without him. He wouldn’t be able to handle Torts anyway.

  2. “SPECTOR’S NOTE: One reader raised a interesting stat: as strong as the Wings have been at home, they have a .500 record (15-15-1) on the road so far.”

    A good point it will interesting to see if that changes in the last 20 games or so. Detroit was riding Howard and both the team and the staff seem to have lost faith in Conklin. With the play of Joey MacDonald the Wings might be able to mange their goalies better on the road.

  3. Im happy Howard got a chance to rest up before the playoffs. The Wings were riding on him too much. Im also happy we sorted out the back up position (Conklin vs. Joey) BEFORE the playoffs.

    I really hope we can pull things together on the road.

  4. It’s just sad to read about players like Pronger, Crosby and Savard. The last concussions on Savard and Crosby were such innocuous hits after long absences. And they still haven’t pinpointed the incident that sent Pronger to the sidelines. They can try to take out headshots and blindside hits all they want but they’ll never completely eradicate all concussions.

    If the Wings finish 1st, they can still win the Cup without a road win. And let’s face it, in the playoffs, unless you have Rask or Schneider, you really don’t want to see your back up in the game.