Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang to return against Rangers tonight…Another milestone for Teemu Selanne, while Nicklas Lidstrom remains sidelined…Blues concerned about bad habits creeping into their game…Nicklas Backstrom skating again…Many surprised by Sharks woes…Avalanche edge Sabres…Ilya Bryzgalov chases franchise record…Travis Zajac could soon return to Devils…Jose Theodore gives Panthers confidence…No deadline set yet for Coyotes…Former Red Wings Shawn Burr battles cancer.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/POST-GAZETTE.COM: Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang will both make their returns to the Penguins lineup tonight against the NY Rangers. The focus, of course, will be on Crosby, but keep an eye on Letang, who’s coming off two concussions already this season.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Kyle Palmieri scored twice filling in for injured Corey Perry as the Anaheim Ducks blanked the Detroit Red Wings 4-0, while Teemu Selanne potted his 660th career NHL goal, also giving him his 1, 400th career point.
DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom has yet to show improvement in his recovery from a deep bone bruise in his right ankle.
STLTODAY.COM: The Blues may be atop the league’s overall standings, but they’re concerned over some bad habits creeping into their game.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has begun skating again and claims he’s made improvement in his recovery from post-concussion symptoms, sparking hopes he might soon return to their lineup. That, of course, will depend on the progress of his recovery.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: The struggles of the San Jose Sharks this season has come as a surprise to many NHL experts, leading to speculation the team’s “window of opportunity” to contend for the Stanley Cup may be closing.
DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche downed the Buffalo Sabres in a shootout following Jamie McGinn’s game-tying goal with two second remaining in regulation.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov will be pursuing a franchise-record fourth consecutive shutout tonight against the NY Islanders.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Travis Zajac receives permission to “amp up” skating, leading GM Lou Lamoriello to suggest Zajac could be rejoining the Devils soon.
MIAMI HERALD: Jose Theodore’s goaltending give the Panthers confidence as they battle for their first playoff appearance since 2000.
CBC.CA: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman won’t set a deadline for a decision on the future of the Phoenix Coyotes.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Former Red Wings Shawn Burr is battling cancer, requiring a bone marrow transplant. Here’s hoping a suitable donor will soon be found for Burr.