Ryan Getzlaf’s hat trick leads Ducks over the Sabres, Flyers owner baffled by his club’s poor performance, plus updates on Duncan Keith, Alex Steen, Brent Burns, Valtteri Filppula, Jason Chimera and more.
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Ryan Getzlaf’s first career NHL hat trick carried the Anaheim Ducks to a 6-2 rout of the lowly Buffalo Sabres.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though Getzlaf is known primarily as an elite playmaker, it’s still surprising that this was his first NHL hat trick.
NOTE: Game recaps involving Canadian NHL teams can be found in “Canadian Corner”.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers owner Ed Snider claims he’s baffled by his club’s poor performance this season, saying he’s never seen anything like this in his 47 years in the game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The constant roster shakeups since the summer of 2011 probably have something to do with it.
CHICAGO DAILY HERALD: Blackhawks blueliner Duncan Keith is quietly regaining the form which won him the Norris Trophy in 2010.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues forward Alex Steen is scoring at a pace reminiscent of former Blues great Brett Hull.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Steen probably can’t maintain this early torrid scoring pace, but he is emerging this season as a star in his own right. Hopefully, he can remain healthy, as his lengthy injury history hampered his development.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns is making progress in his recovery from undisclosed facial injuries but there’s no deadline for his return.
TBO.COM: Lightning center Valtteri Filppula faces his former team for the first time when the Lightning face off tonight against the Detroit Red Wings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Filppula has thrived so far with the Lightning, on pace to match the best season (66 points) of his career.
DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings could use Filppula now, as injuries to Johan Franzen and Stephen Weiss has depleted their struggling second line.
WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals yesterday re-signed forward Jason Chimera to a two-year, $4 million contract. Chimera was due to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
DENVER POST: Oft-injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson is sidelined again, this time by a back injury expected to keep him on the shelf for two weeks.
NBC SPORTS: The NHL has suspended Florida Panthers forward Jesse Winchester three games for elbowing Boston Bruins forward Chris Kelly in the head.