In today’s collection of notable NHL morning headlines: Mike Green reinjured…James Neal leads Penguins over Stars…Guillaume Latendresse out with concussion…Ducks snap six-game winless skid…Hulsizer group still bidding for Blues…Nashville Predators reach notable regular season milestone tonight.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals defenseman Mike Green’s return to the lineup was short-lived, sidelined again with an undetermined injury during the Capitals 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils, the result of what appeared to be a knee-on-knee hit with Devils center Ryan Carter. Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau suggested the injury isn’t expected to sideline Green for long.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Boudreau’s right about Green’s status. The blueliner has only played in eight games thus far for the Capitals.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Former Stars winger James Neal returned to haunt his former team, scoring two goals as the Pittsburgh Penguins downed the Stars 3-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Neal has been tearing it up this season for the Penguins, and is one of the key reasons the Penguins have done so well this season despite having several key players out with injuries.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild winger Guillaume Latendresse is out indefinitely after being sidelined by a concussion in Thursday’s loss to the San Jose Sharks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tough blow for Latendresse, who missed all but 11 games last season with various injuries. Hopefully he won’t be out for long.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Anaheim Ducks netted four goals in the second period and held on to edge the Vancouver Canucks, snapping a six-game winless skid.
STLTODAY.COM: Sources say the Hulsizer group is still in negotiations to close the deal on their bid for the St. Louis Blues.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators will play their 1,000th regular season game tonight against the Montreal Canadiens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For a franchise few expected would survive for long in a “non-traditional” hockey market, the Predators have not only survived, they’d done very well maintaining a competitive, low-budget team.