NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Recap of the Devils-Flyers game, plus the latest on Corey Perry, Alexander Ovechkin, Kris Letang, Brad Marchand, Jamie Benn and more.

Marek Zidlicky (L) & Adam Henrique celebrate one of the latter's 2 goals as the Devils beat the Flyers 5-2.

Marek Zidlicky (L) & Adam Henrique celebrate one of the latter’s 2 goals as the Devils beat the Flyers 5-2.

NJ.COM/PHILLY.COM: Adam Henrique scored twice, Patrik Elias and Andrei Loktionov had two-point performances, and Johan Hedberg made 23 saves  as the New Jersey Devils trounced the woeful Philadelphia Flyers 5-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was considered a “must-win” game for the Flyers if they’re to claw their way into playoff contention. The dispiriting loss is only fueling speculation of changes coming soon to the Flyers roster.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The NHL has suspended Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry four games for what it deemed a dangerous hit on Minnesota Wild rookie Jason Zucker during Tuesday’s Ducks-Wild game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The fact Perry is a repeat offender (having a previous four-game suspension on his resume) likely factored into the league’s decision.

WASHINGTON POST: Neil Greenberg calls on Capitals head coach Adam Oates to reunite Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Why not? At this point, it’s not like it’s gonna hurt the Capitals playoff hopes.

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Kris Letang’s natural ability gives the Penguins an added boost.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s also why you should ignore those silly trade rumors about Letang this season.

AZCENTRAL.COM: Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is elevating his game, putting him on the short list for the Norris Trophy this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not only does Ekman-Larsson lead the Coyotes in ice time and plus-minus, as well as rank among their leading scorers, he’s also among the leading scorers for defensemen in the league. His performance is one reason Keith Yandle’s name keeps popping up in the trade rumor mill.

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins pesky winger Brad Marchand is finding the right balance for succeed this season.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Jamie Benn (wrist) and Brenden Morrow (groin) are expected to miss tonight’s Stars-Anaheim Ducks game.

PIONEER PRESS: Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold is confident his club is poised to become a perennial Stanley Cup contender in a couple of years.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For what he paid last summer for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, they’d better be.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Speak of the Minnesota Wild, they signed defenseman Brett Clark to a one-year, two-way yesterday. Clark had been playing for the Oklahoma City Barons on a minor league contract.

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