A recap of the Stars-Ducks game, plus the latest on Sidney Crosby, Thomas Vanek, Martin Brodeur, Patrick Kane, Gabriel Landeskog and more.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS/ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Jamie Benn, Trevor Daley and Loui Eriksson scored as the Dallas Stars downed the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 in Friday’s only NHL game. It was a costly loss for the Ducks, as goalie Jonas Hiller was forced from the game after the first period with a lower body injury.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: An in-depth interview with Sidney Crosby on being a role model, speaking out on player safety and his part in the NHL CBA negotiations.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will play his 1, 200th NHL career game today against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another significant milestone in Brodeur’s long career, and he’s shown no ill-effects from the long layoff brought about by the NHL lockout.
BUFFALO NEWS: Thomas Vanek, the NHL’s current scoring leader, is seeing more ice time, but the Sabres hope to avoid over-using him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres are currently a one-line team offensively, and Vanek is a streaky scorer. The concern right now is to get more from their secondary scoring should Vanek’s production cool off in the coming weeks.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Patrick Kane’s blazing offensive start is one reason the Blackhawks have bolted strong from the gate.
BOSTON GLOBE: The Bruins reflect on Tim Thomas’ time in Boston.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thomas definitely marches to the beat of his own drum. While Bruins fans are undoubtedly disappointed over how Thomas’s tenure with their club ended, they’ll always remember how he backstopped the Bruins in 2011 to their first Stanley Cup in nearly forty years. Over time, that’ll be the memory that remains.
WASHINGTON POST: Lack of mental fortitude may be what’s plaguing the struggling Capitals.
DENVER POST: Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog could soon return to the lineup.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen is healthy and playing some of the best hockey of his career.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Pitkanen can stay healthy and playing well, it’ll go a long way toward bolstering the Hurricanes playoff hopes.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has given his coaching staff a vote of confidence as they juggle up their lines in hope of improving their offense.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Last summer’s additions of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter can’t disguise the Wild’s lack of offensive depth. That’s something Fletcher will continue to work on.
NEWSDAY: Lubomir Visnovsky is expected to make his long-awaited debut with the NY Islanders today.
SPORTSNET: Chris Campoli’s recent signing with a Swiss league team has given rise to the question of his being blackballed for his work on behalf of the NHLPA during the lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Campoli was among the most vocal and hardest working of the NHLPA reps during the lockout, but his inability to land an NHL contract this season has more to do with his play before the lockout. He’s played for four teams since 2008-09, and didn’t land an NHL contract last season until just before the season-opener. Suggesting he’s been “blackballed” is easy to say, tough to prove.