Game recaps, reaction to the Ryan Miller trade, Penguins and Blackhawks prepare for game at Soldier Field, plus updates on Pekka Rinne, Tomas Fleischmann and Mikhail Grabovski.
DENVER POST: Third period goals by Nate Guenin, Paul Stastny and Gabriel Landeskog lifted the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Andrew Cogliano scored the game’s only goal and Jonas Hiller made 18 saves as the Anaheim Ducks nipped the St. Louis Blues 1-0.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: Third period goals from Brian Flynn, Matt Moulson and Tyler Myers gave the Buffalo Sabres a 4-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Hey, speaking of the Sabres and Blues…
THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl breaks down last night’s blockbuster deal which saw the Sabres ship Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to St. Louis for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, a prospect, a 2015 first round pick and a conditional third round pick in 2016. That pick becomes a first rounder this year if the Blues reach the Western Conference Final or Miller re-signs with the Blues. Vogl also reports replacing fan-favorite Miller won’t be easy.
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: Jeremy Rutherford reports Blues GM Doug Armstrong explained the rationale behind this deal for his club, stating it was an opportunity to add a premiere goaltender.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I gave my initial reaction on this site last night when the deal went down. Some folks are practically anointing the Blues as this year’s Stanley Cup champion. While it certainly improves their odds it’s no guarantee. It’s fair to say Sabres fans will be cheering for the Blues this year to at least reach the Conference Final in order to get the Blues first round pick this season.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne won his first AHL game, making 16 saves in a 9-1 win for the Milwaukee Admirals.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers forward Tomas Fleischmann continues to strive for improvement.
WASHINGTON POST: Mikhail Grabovski (ankle) returned to Washington for evaluation and won’t be in the lineup when the Capitals face the Boston Bruins tonight.