Sabres pound the Bruins…Mike Fisher returns to Ottawa….Chris Pronger surprises Flyers with visit…Johan Hedberg ready if needed to replace injured Martin Brodeur…Semyon Varlamov continues to struggle with Avalanche…Red Wings win 18th straight home game…Slow starts dooming Panthers…Ducks edge Hurricanes in OT…Flames re-sign Derek Smith.

BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres extended their unbeaten streak to five games by pounding the Boston Bruins 6-0.

Fisher returns to Ottawa to face Senators.

THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher returns to Ottawa to face the Senators for the first time since he was traded last season.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Injured defenseman Chris Pronger surprised his teammates by visiting them at yesterday’s practice, some of whom hadn’t seen him in a month and a half. Pronger will miss the remainder of this season and the playoffs as he recovers from post-concussion symptoms.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Backup goalie Johan Hedberg is ready if Martin Brodeur, who injured his right ankle in the Devils 1-0 win over the NY Rangers earlier this week, isn’t ready to play in their upcoming game against the St. Louis Blues.

DENVER POST: Semyon Varlamov continues to struggle as he’s lost the starting goalie role with the Avalanche to veteran J-S Giguere.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avs haven’t given up on Varlamov, nor should they, but his performance this season is not what they expected when they acquired him last summer from Washington.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings won their eighteenth straight home game, downing the Edmonton Oilers 4-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That achievement is overshadowed by the upcoming official announcement today the Wings will play the Toronto Maple Leafs at the University of Michigan’s “Big House” in the 2013 Winter Classic.

MIAMI HERALD: Slow starts have cost the Florida Panthers this season, something they must improve if they hope to clinch a playoff berth for the first time since 2000.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Corey Perry scored in OT and Jonas Hiller made 31 saves as the Anaheim Ducks downed the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime 3-2.

CALGARY FLAMES: announced yesterday the re-signing of defenseman Derek Smith to a two-year, one-way contract worth an average cap hit of $775K per season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg.