Game recaps (including Jaromir Jagr reaching a significant scoring milestone), Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony is tonight, updates on Ben Bishop and Rich Peverley, and the high cost of hockey in Canada.
USATODAY.COM: The Hockey Hall of Fame today will induct former NHL greats Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer and Brendan Shanahan, along with former Philadelphia Flyers coach Fred Shero and Canadian women’s hockey pioneer Geraldine Heaney.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Hockey analyst Harry Neale will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial award today for outstanding contribution to hockey broadcasting. He will also receive recognition by the Hockey Hall of Fame.
PHILLY.COM: Former Philadelphia Daily News and Flyers beat writer Jay Greenberg will be honored by the Hall of Fame with the Elmer Ferguson Award.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to all of this year’s inductees.
DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche improved their record to 14-2 (a franchise best after 16 games) by downing the Washington Capitals 4-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avalanche are so far showing now signs of slowing down. Credit the coaching of Patrick Roy, the solid goaltending of Semyon Varlamov and J.S. Giguere, and the strong play of young forwards like Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon and captain Gabriel Landeskog.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Third period goals by Brad Richards and Mats Zuccarello and strong goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist lifted the New York Rangers to a 4-3 win over the floundering Florida Panthers. The win pushed the Rangers above .500 (9-8-0) for the first time this season, marking their third straight win and seventh in their last nine games. The Panthers before the game demoted goaltender Jacob Markstrom to the AHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After a shaky start the Rangers have righted their ship. Getting back Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan from injury and calling up Chris Kreider and Cam Talbot were significant factors in their recent turnaround.
NJ.COM: Jaromir Jagr recorded his 1,700th career NHL point and Martin Brodeur made 30 saves for his 123rd career shutout as the New Jersey Devils blanked the Nashville Predators 5-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jagr is only the eighth player in NHL history to reach the 1,700 point mark, and is the first European player to reach that number. Jagr is now only 14 goals shy of the 700-goal plateau.
NOTE: Game recaps involving Canadian NHL teams will appear in “Canadian Corner”.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Goaltender Ben Bishop is leading the Lightning’s resurgence this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No one should be surprised, as Bishop showed us last season with the Senators he was ready to become a full-time NHL starter, and a good one at that. Acquiring him was the move trade Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has made to date.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars are making good use of versatile forward Rich Peverley.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: James Mirtle examines the increasingly high cost of hockey in Canada.