Red Wings tie record, Nicklas Lidstrom sets record…Pierre-Marc Bouchard still battling concussion symptoms…Corey Perry leads Ducks over Blue Jackets…Rangers down Capitals…Ray Whitney and Radim Vrbata power Coyotes offense…Andy McDonald returns to Blues lineup…Panthers defeat Islanders….Oilers to re-sign Sutton…Making the case for Quebec City.
MLIVE.COM/TSN.CA: Strong defense and goaltending carried the Detroit Red Wings to a record-tying 20th consecutive home victory as they edged the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3. Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom set an NHL record for most games played for a single team with 1, 550.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Both are phenomenal achievements; one for the classiest organization in the NHL, the other for the classiest player.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s hopes of returning this season from post-concussion symptoms are fading.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll also cast Bouchard’s NHL career into questions, as he’s previously missed significant time to concussion injuries.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Corey Perry’s second hat trick of the season buoyed the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals failed to gain ground in the Eastern Conference standings, failling 3-2 to the NY Rangers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals haven’t been the same since they tried a year ago to implement a more defensive-minded system, not to mention they miss the offense of puck-moving blueliner Mike Green and first line center Nicklas Backstrom, both sidelined by injuries.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Ray Whitney and Radim Vrbata are providing the Phoenix Coyotes with a lethal one-two scoring punch.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And that’s why you can ignore those rumors of the Coyotes shopping Whitney at the trade deadline. They’re in the thick of the playoff race and need Whitney if they’re to have a shot at a playoff berth this season. Sorry, Bruins and Rangers fans, but Whitney won’t be joining your team this year.
BND.COM: Left wing Andy McDonald showed no effects of the concussion which waylaid him most of this season, picking up an assist in his first game back with the St. Louis Blues as they downed the San Jose Sharks 3-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If he can stay healthy and contribute offensively, McDonald will provide the low-scoring Blues a much-needed shot in the arm down the stretch.
MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers downed the NY Islanders 4-1 to open a four-point lead over the Capitals for first in the Southeast Division.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers are expected to announce today the re-signing of defenseman Andy Sutton to a one-year contract extension worth between $1.5-$1.75 million.
TORONTO SUN: The case for Quebec City to land an NHL franchise.