Evgeni Malkin a prolific scorer again…Claude Giroux easing his way back from concussion…Martin St. Louis to consider a visor…Capitals still struggling to score…Sabres growing frustrated…The reason for Devils rookie Adam Larsson’s tough stretch…Blackhawks coach gets 600th win…Reasons for hope for the Blue Jackets…Panthers down Hurricanes in OT.
PITTSBURGHLIVE.COM: Over ten months after knee surgery, Penguins star Evgeni Malkin is regaining his prolific scoring touch .
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It takes time for a player to fully recover from knee surgery. Fortunately for the injury-ravaged Penguins, Malkin is regaining his touch at an opportune time, keeping the club among the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Claude Giroux is easing his way back to action from a recent concussion, participating in no-contact drills.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Giroux has to be careful not to overdue it and rush back too soon.
TAMPABAY.COM: Lightning forward Martin St. Louis considering wearing a visor when he returns to action. St. Louis has been sidelined by facial injuries suffered in a recent practice.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I have a lot of respect for St. Louis, but it’s sad that it took a serious injury to make him consider wearing a visor.
WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals changing coaches hasn’t done much to improve their offensive game, as they’re continuing to struggle putting the puck in the net.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That a team with scoring stars like Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom is struggling to score indicates a very real problem within its ranks. Perhaps new coach Dale Hunter’s system isn’t working? Could there be a rift among the players? Maybe the speculation Ovechkin is “past his prime” is true? Whatever the reason, the Capitals are a better team than their current record, but simply haven’t played up to expectations.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres are a very frustrated team, struggling at nearly every aspect of the game in recent weeks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They entered this season having spent big in the UFA market but that hasn’t translated into a better team. There’s now talk of trades, and one has to wonder how long Lindy Ruff will remain head coach if this skid continues.
NJ.COM: Devils rookie Adam Larsson’s recent tough stretch is attributable to the passing of his grandmother.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The death of a loved one is a traumatic experience for anyone, especially a young NHL rookie.
DETROIT NEWS: The Chicago Blackhawks downed the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-2, which was the 600th career victory for head coach Joel Quenneville.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Dr. Mark Rosentraub, former dean of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State, offers up his opinion on the possible positives for the Blue Jackets.
MIAMI HERALD: The Panthers rallied to down the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime.