NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 31, 2012.

Sidney Crosby leads Penguins over Sabres, Predators down Red Wings in milestone game for head coach Barry Trotz, Blue Jackets down slumping Panthers, Ray Whitney poised for points milestone, Ilya Bryzgalov doubtful this weekend, Viktor Stalberg making progess on Blackhawks second line and Tom Gilbert filling a need for the Wild.

 

Crosby leads Penguins over Sabres.

POST-GAZETTE.COM: Sidney Crosby had a four-point night (1 goal, three assists) as the Pittsburgh Penguins snapped a two-game losing skid with a 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-1, moving past the Wings into fourth overall in the Western Conference, securing the 500th career victory for Predators coach Barry Trotz.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH:  Blue Jackets rookie goalie Allen York made 30 saves in a 4-1 victory over the slumping Florida Panthers, who’ve dropped five of their last six games, raising concerns they might fall out of playoff contention.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Phoenix Coyotes forward Ray Whitney needs only one point to reach his 1,000th career NHL point.

PHILLY.COM: Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, sidelined with a chip fracture in his right foot, practiced with his team on Friday, but isn’t expected to play against the Senators today or the Penguins on Sunday. He could be ready to return on Tuesday.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks winger Viktor Stalberg is learning to use his speed more effectively on the club’s second line.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Defenseman Tom Gilbert was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers to provide more offense on the Wild blueline, and has been filling that need accordingly.

The Rangers and Kings victories over the Canadiens and Flames, and the Stars loss to the Canucks, will be posted in today’s “Canadian Corner”.