Blackhawks blank the Kings, Predators down the Red Wings, plus the latest on Sidney Crosby, Jaromir Jagr, Nathan Horton, P.A. Parenteau, Kyle Okposo, Marc Staal and more.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Annti Raanta out-dueled Martin Jones as the Blackhawks blanked the Los Angeles Kings 1-0. Raanta made 26 saves while Brandon Saad scored the game’s only goal.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Superstar Sidney Crosby keeps the injury-ravaged Pittsburgh Penguins rolling along.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Jersey Devils 41-year-old star Jaromir Jagr leads his club with 34 points.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Jagr maintains his current pace he’ll reach the 70-point plateau for the first time since 2007-08.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Sidelined goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is close to returning while Nathan Horton will soon make his debut with the Blue Jackets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jackets have played well over the past month, but getting these two into their lineup should bolster their chances of making the playoffs.
DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche forward P.A. Parenteau will be sidelined for six weeks recovering from knee surgery.
NEWSDAY: Expectant father Kyle Okposo is having his best NHL season to date, sitting second on the NY Islanders in scoring with 37 points.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Okposo is on pace for career-bests in goals, assists and points this season.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: After missing nine games to a concussion, Marc Staal returns to the Rangers lineup in tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers.
TWINCITIES.COM: Coach Mike Yeo is facing pressure to reverse the Minnesota Wild’s current skid. They’ve won only five games since November 23.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Interim coach Ted Nolan has been a breath of fresh air for the Sabres.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He could become full time coach following this season.