Red Wings defeat the Sabres, plus the latest on Pavel Datsyuk, Martin St. Louis and updates on the Coyotes, Rangers, Stars, Flyers, Bruins, Panthers and Penguins.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Johan Franzen’s tie-breaking goal turned out to be the game winner as the Red Wings defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-1. The Wings are also cautiously optimistic Pavel Datsyuk, who skipped this game to a suspected concussion, may have avoided serious injury, though an official diagnosis could come today on his condition.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
TBO.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning intend to formally honor Martin St. Louis for playing his 1,000th NHL game.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Two recent losses have exposed weaknesses in the Phoenix Coyotes game, such as their woeful penalty kill, which ranks 28th in the league.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I recently noted in my Soapbox, the Coyotes have played well offensively but they’ve been struggling defensively this season.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The members of the Rangers top line (Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan) are confident their offense will pick up soon.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika examines the ongoing issues of the rebuilding Stars.
PHILLY.COM: The Flyers, finally at .500, are hoping to build upon their recent improvement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’ve certainly been among the most improved teams in November. If they maintain his pace in December they’ll be perched among the playoff contenders before Christmas.
BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins blueline depth has enabled them to overcome injuries to regulars Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers new coach Peter Horachek is still settling into his new role.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett could be sidelined for a while.