NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – St. Patrick’s Day 2012.

The Blackhawks roll to victory over the Stars…Kings down Ducks…Kovalchuk playing at MVP pace…Penguins hope to snap losing skid against Devils…Bruins on thin ice…Red Wings get back Datsyuk, but could lose Franzen…Blues to use the Schwartz…Predators could start backup Lindback today…Wolski continues fine play with Panthers…Lightning’s injuries taking a toll…Doan fined, Skinner suspended.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Dave Bolland opened the scoring only ten seconds into the first, as the Blackhawks went on to down the Dallas Stars 4-1.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings scored three times in the first period on route to a 4-2 win over the fading Anaheim Ducks.

Kovalchuk deserving of MVP nod?

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Ilya Kovalchuk is scoring at an MVP pace, though he might get more mention for the Hart Trophy if his first half had been as solid as his second half.

PITTSBURGHLIVE.COM: The Penguins are hoping for a better result today against the New Jersey Devils than they’ve had in their recent visits to New Jersey, where they’ve lost four straight and gone 1-6-1 in their last eight visits.

BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins need to play with more desperation if they hope to retain a playoff berth, let alone regain first in the Northeast Division.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: The good news for the Red Wings is Pavel Datsyuk will return to action tonight against the Sharks. The bad news is Johan Franzen might be out with back spasms.

STLTODAY.COM: With forward Andy McDonald out indefinitely with a shoulder injury, the Blues will turn to rookie Jaden Schwartz to fill in for McDonald.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Predators might give backup Anders Lindback a rare start today, when they face off  against the Kings.

MIAMI HERALD: Wojtek Wolski continues to play well since joining the Panthers via trade several weeks ago.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Injuries have taken its toll upon the Lightning, who rank 12th overall this season in man-games lost to injury,  lacking  the roster depth to compensate.

CBC.CA: Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan was fined $2,500.00 for boarding, while Carolina Hurricanes sophomore Jeff Skinner was suspended two games for kicking an opponent.