NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – Friday, March 15, 2013.

Recaps of games featuring American NHL teams, the NHL Board of Governors approves realignment, Flyers coach gets a vote of confidence, and more.

NHL Board of Governors approve divisional realignment plan.

NHL Board of Governors approve divisional realignment plan.

NHL.COM: The Board of Governors have approved the new four-division realignment plan, which will be implemented for the 2013-14 season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Overall, the plan, along with the new playoff format, has also received the approval of NHL fans.  At least it moves the Winnipeg Jets to the Western Conference where they belong.

PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has given head coach Peter Laviolette a vote of confidence.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well, that’s Laviolette fired then. Just kidding! Actually, Laviolette cannot be faulted for the Flyers woes this season. He’s doing the best he can with the roster Holmgren put together for him. Their blueline is still suffering from the absences of Chris Pronger (injury) and Matt Carle (free agency), while some of their promising young forwards are struggling, plus injuries have also taken a toll. At least they can’t blame the crappy season on Ilya Bryzgalov.

BOSTON GLOBE/SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Patrice Bergeron scored twice and Tuukka Rask made 29 saves as the Boston Bruins downed the floundering Florida Panthers, who learned earlier in the day winger Kris Versteeg is gone for the season with a knee injury. He joins Stephen Weiss and Jose Theodore on the sidelines.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES/COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Patrick Kane netted the game-winner in a shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1. Still, the Blue Jackets collected a point, running their March points streak to eight games (5-0-3).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t look now, but the Blue Jackets, who were at the bottom of the Western Conference standings at one point in February, are now only three points out of a playoff berth. Keep an eye on them in the coming weeks.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/STAR-TELEGRAM:  Ryan Getzlaf scored in a shootout and Jonas Hiller made 33 saves as the Anaheim Ducks nipped the Dallas Stars 2-1.

STARTRIBUNE.COM/DENVER POST: Mikko Koivu scored twice and Ryan Suter collected three assists as the Minnesota Wild downed the Colorado Avalanche 5-3.

MERCURYNEWS.COM/LOS ANGELES TIMES: The San Jose Sharks staved off a late rally by the Los Angeles Kings to earn a 4-3 win . Logan Couture led the way for the Sharks with two goals.

STLTODAY.COM/ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Jake Allen out-dueled Mike Smith, making 28 saves to backstop the St. Louis Blues to a 3-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.

WASHINGTON POST/NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Mike Ribeiro’s late goal lifted the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

NEWSDAY/TAMPA BAY TIMES: John Tavares got the game-winner and Evgeni Nabokov collected his second shutout of the season as the NY Islanders blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0. Earlier in the day, the Lightning learned captain Vincent Lecavalier is on IR indefinitely with a lower-body injury.

3 Comments

  1. The realignment plan wreaks of an expansion plan, which will dilute our quality of hockey further. Thank you Gary Bettman.

    • and it appears the expansion will be in the west – Seattle, Kansas City ?

      • no way. the desert obviously needs another team… maybe Las Vegas or Santa Fe?