Blackhawks down the Devils, Penguins beat the Rangers, plus updates on Shane Doan, Jonathan Quick, Jordan Leopold, Zenon Konopka and more.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Patrick Sharp scored his second hat trick in five games leading the Blackhawks to a 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils. Earlier in the day, the Devils placed defenseman Anton Volchenkov on injured reserve.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Chris Kunitz enjoyed a three-point game (including two goals) as the Pittsburgh Penguins picked up their 11th straight home win with a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers. Blueshirts winger Derek Dorsett left the game with a broken fibula.
NOTE: Games involving NHL Canadian teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan will return to action after missing 12 games with a bout of Rocky Mountain fever.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick could make his return tonight against the Vancouver Canucks. He’s been on injured reserve with a groin injury since November 12.
STLTODAY.COM: The Blues have taken defenseman Jordan Leopold (ligament injury, right hand) off IR and he could play Saturday against Columbus.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres yesterday claimed center Zenon Konopka off waivers from the Minnesota Wild.
NHL.COM: The league has suspended Columbus Blue Jackets forward Derek MacKenzie for boarding Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: Despite years in the minors, 32-year-old San Jose Sharks forward Bracken Kearns never gave up on his NHL dream.
NBC SPORTS: A rundown of the strong ratings for the 2014 Winter Classic.
NBC SPORTS: The Florida Panthers have placed defenseman Dylan Olsen on IR (lower body).