Artem Anisimov snaps out of scoreless drought in Rangers win over Flyers…David Clarkson and Zach Parise nets their 20th goals as Devils defeat the Penguins…Bruins snap two-game losing stretch with win over Capitals…Blackhawks must improve defensively…Time is running out for the Ducks to get back into playoff race…Lightning soon to have excess of blueliners…Blue Jackets defenseman Brett Lebda out indefinitely.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rangers forward Artem Anisimov snapped a 17-game pointless drought with a goal and two assists as the Blueshirts downed the Philadelphia Flyers 5-2.
NJ.COM: David Clarkson and Zach Parise each netted their 20th goals of the season as the New Jersey Devils beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2.
BOSTON GLOBE: The Bruins ended a two-game losing skid with a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks must improve their defense as they’re currently 25th overall in goals-against average.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hence the reason for management push to find a top-four defenseman. Don’t expect them to shop for a goaltender.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Time is running out for the Anaheim Ducks playoff hopes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks performance over the next couple of weeks will determine if GM Bob Murray becomes a seller by the trade deadline. Don’t, however, expect Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan, Cam Fowler or Jonas Hiller to be shopped.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: With Marc-Andre Bergeron due back soon from injury, the Lightning will have a glut of defensemen.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: GM Steve Yzerman could shop a blueliner for depth at forward if his team plays its way into playoff contention over the next couple of weeks. Then again, he could also move one or two if he goes into “sell” mode.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets defenseman Brett Lebda is out indefinitely with a broken right thumb.