Blackhawks lose fifth consecutive game…Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard sidelined by hand injury…Predators defense struggling…Panthers increase division lead over Capitals…Injuries piling up for Devils, while Patrik Elias is fined for boarding…Avs captain Milan Hejduk frustrated by his lack of offense…Wild hope trade bolsters offense…Lightning’s anemic power-play.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks dropped their fifth straight game, losing 3-1 to the Calgary Flames.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Blackhawks fans are calling on GM Stan Bowman to make a deal to improve the club’s fortunes, but Bowman said there’s nothing on the horizon.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings starting goalie Jimmy Howard will miss at least the next two games to a broken right index finger.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully for the Wings, he won’t miss much more time than that. For now, it’s up for backup Ty Conklin to hold the fort.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators defense has struggled since the All-Star break, giving up seven non-empty net goals in two games.
MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers opened a three-point lead over the Washington Capitals in the Southeast Division with a 2-1 victory over the visiting Winnipeg Jets.
NJ.COM: Injuries are piling up for the Devils, as Adam Henrique, Ryan Carter, Adam Larsson, Travis Zajac and Henrik Tallinder will be out of the lineup when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers today.
TSN.CA: Devils forward Patrik Elias was fined $2,500.00 for boarding Montreal Canadiens forward Mike Blunden.
DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche captain Milan Hejduk is growing frustrated by his lack of offensive production, with only three goals in his last 27 games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Time is catching up with Hejduk, who turns 36 later this month. Barring a late offensive surge, this season could be the first since 1998-99 – his rookie season – that he’s scored less than 20 goals.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild, desperate to bolster their offense, hope recently acquired Erik Christensen will help in that regard.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Christensen is a shootout specialist, but otherwise he’s not regarded as an offensive player.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning offer up no excuses for their woeful power-play, which is ranked 28th overall.