Red Wings edge the Blackhawks, Hurricanes down the Flyers, plus updates on Sidney Crosby, Joe Pavelski, Zach Parise, Michael Del Zotto and more.
MLIVE.COM: Darren Helm’s goal in the sixth round of a shootout was the game winner as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4. Henrik Zetterberg collected three assists for the Wings, while Patrick Kane had two helpers for the ‘Hawks.
PHILLY.COM: Alexander Semin, Nathan Gerbe and Jiri Tlusty were the goalscorers for the Carolina Hurricanes in their 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
ESPN.COM:Before being officially named captain of Team Canada, Sidney Crosby sought out Jonathan Toews’ blessing. Canadian head coach Mike Babcock said Crosby wanted the okay from Toews first because the latter has won two Stanley Cups.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Classy move by Crosby.
WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals lack of scoring depth beyond Alexander Ovechkin is hampering them.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski is becoming a scoring star. He has 18 goals in his last 20 games.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild star Zach Parise (foot injury) hopes to return to action tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks breaks down yesterday’s trade of Michael Del Zotto to Nashville for Kevin Klein.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues GM Doug Armstrong and head coach Ken Hitchcock are seeking solutions for their club’s recent struggles, refusing to pin their woes solely upon their goalie tandem of Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott. Still, anxiety is growing among Blues followers over the club’s goaltending.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A number of pundits are calling for the Blues to acquire Ryan Miller from the Buffalo Sabres. The asking price, however, would be expensive (reportedly three top prospects and a first round pick), plus they’ll have to shed salary to make room for the remainder of Miller’s $6.25 million salary. While it would strengthen their goaltending, that move could weaken them elsewhere. I still believe they’ll stick with their current goaltending for the rest of this season. If necessary they can pursue an upgrade between the pipes in the off-season, when they can afford to take on salary without giving up assets in draft picks and young players.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders will be honoring their lease with Nassau Coliseum until the end of 2014-15. They will relocate to Barclays Center after that season.