Tim Thomas’s workload about to get heavier…Sabres in striking distance of playoff berth…Jeff Carter gets first 2 points as a King…Penguins get help from unlikely scorers in win over Avalanche…Ilya Bryzgalov showing signs of improvement…Andrei Kostitsyn gets first points with Predators….Sharks fall to Blues…Blackhawks sing Johnny Oduya’s praises…Rick Nash leads Blue Jackets over Coyotes…Petr Sykora plays 1,000th career NHL game today…Wild to evaluate new backups.


Thomas could see more action with Rask sidelined.

BOSTON GLOBE: Tim Thomas’ workload is about to significantly increase, as Bruins backup Tuukka Rask suffered an apparent knee injury in their 3-2 loss yesterday to the NY Islanders.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The injuries are starting to pile up for the Bruins, as Rask joins Nathan Horton, Andrew Ference and Daniel Paille on the sidelines.

BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks has moved them within two points of eighth overall in the Eastern Conference.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It took a late run last season for the Sabres to clinch a playoff berth. They could be on the verge of doing it again.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning star Steven Stamkos potted the winner in overtime as the Lightning rallied to down the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bolts are also within two points of eighth overall in the East, led by Stamkos, who is running away with the goalscoring lead, and is now tied with Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin for the points lead.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Jeff Carter scored his first two goals for the Kings, as they downed the Anaheim Ducks 4-2.

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: The Penguins got goals from Arron Asham, Richard Park and Derek Engelland as they went on to down the Colorado Avalanche 5-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Avalanche fail to make the playoffs this season, it could cost head coach Joe Sacco his job.

PHILLY.COM: There are signs Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov’s game is finally starting to improve.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Flyers fans are praying Bryzgalov finds the peace in his soul to play in Philadelphia, or it’s going to be a short playoff for their club.

THE TENNESSEAN: Andrei Kostitsyn got his first points with the Predators with a goal and an assist, as Nashville downed the Florida Panthers 3-1.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: The Sharks 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday gives them a 3-8-1 record over their past 12 games, and in danger of falling out of a playoff berth.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks are lining up to sing the praises of new ‘Hawks defenseman Johnny Oduya, whom the club acquired at the trade deadline.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash had two goals and an assist, powering his club to a 5-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Devils forward Petr Sykora will play his 1, 000th NHL game today against the NY Islanders.

TWINCITIES.COM: Matt Hackett has an opportunity to audition for a full time job with the Wild next season.