The Sharks fall out of first in the Pacific in loss to the Ducks, the Predators clinch a playoff berth, Red Wings coach shocked by his club’s loss to the lowly Blue Jackets, Flyers hopeful for Bryzgalov’s return, Patrick Kane makes adjustments in the faceoff circle, Wolski improves Panthers shootout record, Avalanche extend contracts of GM and head coach, Islanders sign former NHL goalie, and the Coyotes uncertain future.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: The San Jose Sharks fell out of first in the Pacific Division in a 3-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, with Teemu Selanne potting the game-winner, his 25th of the season and 662nd of his career.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Ducks victory over the Sharks clinched a playoff berth for the idle Nashville Predators.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was shockedy by his team’s 4-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, whom they’d thumped 7-2 on Monday, extending the Wings road winless skid to seven games. Looks like the Wings had trouble “getting up” for this game. That’s always a problem for even veteran clubs like the Wings this late in the season, who’ve clinched a playoff berth and face a bottom-feeder.
CSNPHILLY.COM: The Flyers are uncertain when goalie Ilya Bryzgalov will return from a chip fracture in his foot but are hopeful he won’t be sidelined for long.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Patrick Kane is making adjustments to improve his success in the faceoff circle.
SUNSENTINEL.COM: The arrival of Wojtek Wolski has improved the Panthers shootout fortunes. Wolski will have to do more than that, however, if he’s to earn a new contract with the club after this season.
DENVER POST: Sources say the Colorado Avalanche will sign GM Greg Sherman and head coach Joe Sacco to contract extensions. While the re-signing of Sacco will probably lead to questions from Avs fans, Sherman has done a good job silencing his critics, especially with his additions this season of Semyon Varlamov, Steve Downie and Jamie McGinn. Doubtful there’ll be many complaints about him getting a new deal.
NEWSDAY: With Evgeni Nabokov and Anders Nilsson sidelined, the NY Islanders have signed former NHL goalie John Grahame, who was a goalie coach in the ECHL, to a one-year contract, in order to send Kevin Poulin back to Bridgeport, which is headed for the AHL post-season.
NATIONAL POST: Bruce Arthur examines the potential scenarios facing the Phoenix Coyotes this summer. Will they stay in Phoenix? Or will they be relocated? Only NHL commissioner knows for sure, and he’s not telling…yet.