Giving thanks for the Flyers blessings…The Bruins stick to their game plan…Martin Brodeur puts his poor start behind him…Vaclav Prospal to reach a notable milestone…Lightning to focus on power-play during upcoming road stretch…How the Wild and Oilers rebuilt with youth…Pascal Dupuis off to a great start with Penguins.


Giroux an early Hart Trophy candidate.

PHILLY.COM: Ten things Flyers fans should be thankful for so far this season, including the performance of their rookies, and the play of forward Claude Giroux.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Giroux, in my opinion, may be an early candidate for the Hart trophy, though he’s yet to supplant Chris Pronger as the Flyers’ most valuable player. They’re not the same team when Pronger’s out of the lineup.

BOSTON HERALD: GM Peter Chiarelli’s patience during his club’s poor start has been rewarded with a ten-game winning streak.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And that’s why Chiarelli’s one of the best general managers in the league. He kept his head when the club lurched to a 3-7 start, remaining confident the defending Cup champs would rebound.

NJ.COM: Martin Brodeur has shaken off a poor start to this season, starting the last four games, winning three of them, lowering his goals-against to under 3.00 (2.78) for the first time this season.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets forward Vaclav (Vinny) Prospal will play his 1, 000th NHL game tonight against the Buffalo Sabres.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Prospal is also among the few bright spots in an otherwise miserable season for the Jackets, with 19 points in 21 games to lead the club in scoring, putting him on pace for a 73-point performance, which would be his best effort since his 71-point effort in 2007-08 with the Tampa Bay Lightning. When people talk about possible trade deadline candidates if the Blue Jackets fail to improve over the next quarter of the season, expect Prospal’s name to come up.

TAMPABAY.COM: The Lightning intend to work on their power-play during an upcoming stretch which has them playing seven of their next nine games on the road. The Lighting’s PP currently sits 28th overall in the league.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hard to believe a team with proven scorers like Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier, along with a hard-shooting defenseman like Marc-Andre Bergeron, are doing so poorly with the man advantage.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Examines the different routes used by the Minnesota Wild and Edmonton Oilers, who square off tonight in St. Paul, to rebuild with young talent.

POST-GAZETTE.COM: How Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis became the club’s third-leading scorer this season.