A breakdown of the Blackhawks defensive woes…Flyers need to improve goaltending and defense…Cam Fowler struggles through sophomore slump…Danny Cleary reaches milestone…Blues need more scoring…Coyotes down Red Wings…Panthers confident in defense despite injuries…Sabres coach injured in practice…Hurricanes place Anthony Stewart on waivers…Wild re-sign Nate Prosser.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: A high goals-against average, poor penalty killing, low hit differential and no shutouts are the factors behind the Blackhawks poor defensive play this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Which is why the Blackhawks are seeking a top-four defenseman.

CSNPHILLY.COM: The Flyers need a better effort from their goaltenders as well as their defense if they hope to go deep in this year’s playoffs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’re stuck with their current goalie tandem of Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky, but I do expect management to bolster the defense, though Flyers fans shouldn’t get their hopes up expecting a top-two defenseman.

Fowler struggles for solutions to sophomore slump.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler is struggling this season to regain the form of his rookie season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s not unusual for a talented defenseman like Fowler to struggle in his sophomore season. He’ll improve over time.

MLIVE.COM: Red Wings forward Danny Cleary has overcome obstacles to reach his 800th career NHL game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hard to believe that it was only seven seasons ago he joined the Red Wings on a tryout in hopes of saving his career.

STLTODAY.COM: The Blues are on the hunt for scoring help from within.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Management could make a trade, but that’s going to depend on what’s available and how much they can afford to spend.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Coyotes goalie Mike Smith made 30 saves, backstopping his club to a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Despite injuries to Ed Jovanovski and Dmitry Kulikov, the Florida Panthers remain confident in their defense.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff suffered three broken ribs during a freak collision with Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold during practice yesterday.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes have placed forward Anthony Stewart on waivers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He could be an affordable pickup for teams looking for depth at forward.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild yesterday re-signed rookie defenseman Nate Prosser to a two-year, one-way contract extension worth $1.65 million.