Game recaps, the Sabres are reportedly close to re-signing Ted Nolan, plus the latest on Kris Letang, Brooks Laich, Justin Abdelkader, Tyson Barrie and more.
BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins won their ninth straight game, as Jarome Iginla scored twice in their 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins are the NHL’s hottest team right now, and recently took over first overall in the Eastern Conference from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Third period goals by Keith Yandle and Jeff Halpern lifted the Phoenix Coyotes to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win vaults the Coyotes over the Dallas Stars into the final playoff wild card berth in the Western Conference.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
NBC SPORTS: Mike Halford cites reports the Buffalo Sabres are close to re-signing head coach Ted Nolan to a three-year contract.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Sidelined Penguins James Neal (concussion) and Chris Kunitz (leg) could return to action tonight. Kris Letang (stroke) and Beau Bennett (wrist) also received clearance to participate in practice. Letang’s post-stroke symptoms have cleared but there’s still no timetable for his return.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals forward Brooks Laich will miss the next four-six weeks following surgery on a tight adductor muscle.
DETROIT NEWS: Justin Abdelkader (lower-body) is the latest Red Wing to be sidelined, joining Henrik Zetterberg (back), Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Stephen Weiss (sports hernia), Todd Bertuzzi (lower-body), Darren Helm (concussion), Joakim Andersson (broken foot), Tomas Jurco (broken rib), Dan Cleary (knee) and Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Wings miss the playoffs it won’t be from a lack of effort or talent, but rather a lack of healthy personnel.
DENVER POST: A profile of Avalanche blueliner Tyson Barrie blossoming into an offensive defenseman.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: David Shoalts reports NHL expansion talk is reflective of the league’s recent success.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Still no word from the league if they’re seriously considering expansion. Seattle, Quebec City and Las Vegas have been listed as possible expansion sites.