The Bruins are tops in the Northeast Divisions…Jose Theodore regaining his form in Florida…Ken Hitchcock’s coaching energizing the Blues…Wild victory over Oilers costly…Devils suffer lopsided, costly loss to Avalanche…Brayden Schenn returning once again to Flyers lineup…Red Wings seeking to host Winter Classic…Is the Crosby-Ovechkin rivalry dead?
BOSTON GLOBE: With their 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins went unbeaten in regulation throughout November (12-0-1) vaulting from last in the Eastern Conference over that period to first in the Northeast Division.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An impressive performance by the defending Stanley Cup champions, silencing their critics and putting an end – for the most part – to the trade rumors which were dogging them a month ago.
MIAMI HERALD: Jose Theodore overcame a shaky training camp performance, regaining his form and winning ten games for the Panthers so far this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Inconsistency has dogged Theodore throughout his career, but so far, so good with the Panthers this season, becoming a key factor in that club’s surprisingly strong start to this season.
STLTODAY.COM: Bernie Miklasz examines how Ken Hitchcock has energized the Blues since taking over as head coach nearly a month ago.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The turnaround under Hitchcock has been impressive, and while there’s still some areas to address, like their woeful power-play, there’s no denying the Blues have been a much better team.
STARTRIBUNE: The Minnesota Wild’s shootout win over Edmonton last night was costly, losing Cal Clutterbuck and Darroll Powe to leg injuries.
NJ.COM: The Devils were humbled by the Colorado Avalanche 6-1, losing center Dainius Zubrus in the process to an ankle injury.
PHILLY.COM: Brayden Schenn returns to the Flyers lineup after being sidelined for five weeks by injury.
MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings are in talks with the league about hosting the Winter Classic within the next two years.
PITTSBURGHLIVE.COM: Joe Starkey wonders if Alexander Ovechkin’s declining performance indicates the end of the rivalry with Sidney Crosby.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully, no. Ovechkin’s only 26, and unless he’s hiding an injury which is hampering his game, I believe he can regain his superstar form.