In today’s collection of notable NHL morning headlines: Joe Pavelski tearing it up on the Sharks top line…Nathan Horton still struggling to find his groove…Divisional realignment won’t please everyone…Daymond Langkow playing well in Phoenix…Matt Cooke’s metamorphosis…Josh Harding playing well for Wild…Hurricanes’ Jokinen sidelined.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: Sharks forward Joe Pavelski is thriving on the Sharks top line with Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, tallying 11 points during the Sharks recent six game road trip.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’s also leading the Sharks in goals (8), PP goals (3) and points (13).
BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins forward Nathan Horton has no after-effects from the concussion he suffered during the Stanley Cup Final, but he’s struggling to regain his scoring touch.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully he’ll get his timing back as the season progresses. It takes time to fully get over head trauma.
VANCOUVER SUN: Cam Cole writes it’ll be impossible for the NHL to make everyone happy with their divisional realignment, suggesting this will come down to making the most influential owners happy.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Daymond Langkow has made a full recovery from the neck injury which sidelined him for all but four games last season, and has been playing well for the Coyotes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Langkow’s one of the reasons the Coyotes are off to a good start to this season. Always good to see a player overcome a potentially career-threatening injury.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: Matt Cooke is silencing his critics by changing his style of play from the controversial physical style which made him one of the league’s dirtiest players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If you ask me, Cooke’s a more effective player now than he’s been in recent years. He’s returning to the form he displayed during his days with the Canucks, when in my opinion he was a much better player. Here’s hoping he continues this change.
TWINCITIES.COM: Josh Harding is putting a year and a half of injuries behind him, and has been red hot for the Minnesota Wild this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Harding was once considered a future starting goalie until a lengthy injury history waylaid him. Here’s hoping he can finally have a healthy season.
NEWSOBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes winger Jussi Jokinen will miss three-four weeks with left leg injury.