Avalanche down the Blackhawks, an update on Rich Peverley, plus the latest on John Tavares, Kimmo Timonen, Blake Comeau and more.
DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche moved into second place in the Central Division with a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Ryan O’Reilly’s power-play goal proved the game winner.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars forward Rich Peverley’s season is over as he’ll undergo surgery to deal with an irregular heartbeat. Peverley collapsed on the bench during Monday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and had to be treated for what doctors called a “cardiac event”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if Peverley can continue his playing career.
WINNIPEG SUN: NY Islanders star John Tavares sent an autographed jersey to a young Islanders fan who was jeered by a few Jets fans following a recent game between the two clubs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Classy move by Tavares. We should also be careful not to tar all Winnipeg Jets fans over the actions of a few jerks.
WASHINGTON POST: With only one win in their last six games, the Capitals are running out of time to clinch a playoff berth.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen suggests this season could be his last.
NBC SPORTS: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau was suspended two games for boarding Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith.
MLIVE.COM: Another member of the Detroit Red Wings is sidelined by injury. Tomas Jurco (rib injury) will miss at least 10-14 days.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim (lower-body injury) will miss the club’s game tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman claims concussion injuries are down this season but declined to release the figures until season’s end. Bettman also dismissed concerns over the impact a declining Canadian dollar could have upon league revenue and the salary cap. Bettman suggests at worst the cap for next season will come in $1-$2 million lower than projected.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kings GM Dean Lombardi last week claimed it could come in $3.1 million lower than projected, around $68 million. Lombardi claimed that was verified via the league. He didn’t make that figure up. It’s not a big deal as the cap is still increasing, but if the Canadian dollar continues to decline in value in the coming years, it will become a very big deal.