Bruins demote David Krejci to third line, Red Wings could have Jimmy Howard back sooner than expected, David Jones powers Avalanche over Blackhawks, Rangers offense continues to sputter, Flyers fall to Islanders, Capitals blank Panthers, Coyotes win third straight, Sabres GM remains upbeat, Blue Jackets down Wild, Owen Nolan officially retires as a Shark, and activist Ralph Nader calls on NHL to end fighting.


Struggling Krejci dropped to third line.

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins head coach Claude Julien has demoted struggling center David Krejci to the third line in hopes the shake-up snaps him out of his slump.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It might also fuel trade rumors about Krejci, but given how well he performed in last year’s playoffs, the Bruins are unlikely to move him.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings could have injured starting goalie Jimmy Howard back by the weekend.

DENVER POST: David Jones scored twice as the Colorado Avalanche snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the slumping Chicago Blackhawks, handing the latter their sixth straight loss.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And putting pressure on Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman to do something to stop his team’s recent tailspin.

WASHINGTON POST: The see-saw battle for first in the Southeast Division between the Capitals and Florida Panthers tilted in the former’s favor, as the Caps blanked the Panthers 4-0 on two goals by Alexander Ovechkin.

NEW YORK POST: The Rangers 1-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils highlighted the Blueshirts continued scoring struggles.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And add fuel to the rumors of GM Glen Sather shopping for offensive depth.

PHILLY.COM: NY Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov made 45 saves to blank the Flyers 1-0.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Phoenix Coyotes extended their winning streak to 3 and kept their playoff hopes alive with a 4-1 victory over the Dallas Stars.

BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres GM Darcy Regier remains upbeat despite his team’s woeful performance this season and the recent injury to head coach Lindy Ruff.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild rookie Nate Prosser scored his first NHL goal in a losing cause as his team fell 3-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: Owen Nolan signed a one-day contract with the San Jose Sharks, allowing him to officially retire with the team he had the most success.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nolan played 1,200 NHL games, and had his best seasons with the Sharks.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALKS: Activist Ralph Nader sent an open letter to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman imploring Bettman to end fighting in the NHL.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cue rants against “pinkos” from traditionalists like Don Cherry and Mike Milbury in 3…2…1….