The Penguins down the Rangers, plus the latest on Duncan Keith, Jonathan Quick, Josh Harding, Sergei Gonchar, Brayden Schenn, Brad Marchand, Jordin Tootoo and more.

Henrik Lundqvist watches Brandon Sutter's shootout goal enter the net.

Henrik Lundqvist watches Brandon Sutter’s shootout goal enter the net.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Brandon Sutter’s shootout goal lifted the injury-depleted Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers for their 10th win in eleven games.  Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland was suspended five games for a hit on Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader.

NOTE: The Ottawa Senators-New Jersey Devils game is recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

CSNCHICAGO.COM: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is having a season worthy of the Norris Trophy.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings are being cautious about Jonathan Quick’s return, which could be during the first week of January.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fortunately for the Kings, Martin Jones and Ben Scrivens have done a fine job filling in for Quick, so the Kings can take their time in easing Quick back into the lineup.

TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild have place Josh Harding on LTIR until December 27th to allow for a minor adjustment for his MS treatment.  Harding and the Wild had anticipated this, taking pains to explain it’s only a minor procedure and not a relapse in his condition.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: After a slow start to this season, Stars ageing defenseman Sergei Gonchar has returned to form.

PHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Brayden Schenn has no memory of a vicious hit he received from Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson, but otherwise he was only slightly hurt. Wilson, meanwhile, faces a disciplinary hearing with the league today.

CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli wasn’t pleased with winger Brad Marchand’s  ring- and cup-kissing antics during their recent loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Chiarelli said he discussed the matter with Marchand.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Marchand should spend less time trash-talking and more time improving his performance this season. 

DETROIT NEWS: The injury-ravaged Red Wings have recalled Jordin Tootoo.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Since hiring interim coach Peter Horachek the Florida Panthers are 10-8-1 and are only six points out of a playoff berth.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That might explain why GM Dale Tallon hasn’t pulled the trigger on more moves of late.

NBC SPORTS: cites speculation from TSN’s Bob McKenzie suggesting Las Vegas could be a target for NHL expansion.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cue the outrage over the NHL favoring southern non-traditional hockey markets over popular Canadian ones.