The latest on Rick Nash, Jordan Staal, Tyler Seguin, Ryane Clowe, Bryce Salvador and much more.

Simon Gagne scores in his first game back with the Flyers.

Simon Gagne scores in his first game back with the Flyers.

PHILLY.COM/WASHINGTON POST: Simon Gagne scored in his first game back with the Philadelphia Flyers as they beat the Washington Capitals 4-1.

LOS ANGELES TIMES/DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Los Angeles Kings got their fifth consecutive win and their seventh in the last eight games, downing the Detroit Red Wings 2-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like the defending Stanley Cup champions have overcome their sluggish start, as that win vaults them to fifth overall in the Western Conference.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER/THE TENNESSEAN: Kyle Palmieri netted a hat trick to lead the Anaheim Duck to a 5-1 thumpin of the Nashville Predators.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers got some good news yesterday as injured stars Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh took part in an optional skate. McDonagh expects to be ready for tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning and it’s possible Nash could also rejoin the lineup.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM/PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Jordan Staal and Brandon Sutter face off against their former teams tonight for the first time since they were traded for each other last June when the Hurricanes face the Penguins.

CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien believes forward Tyler Seguin’s offensive game should soon pick up.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: One theory suggests the Bruins are trying to turn Seguin into a more defensive player, which Julien denied. Another suggests Seguin is still readjusting to the NHL game after spending the lockout playing in Switzerland.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: Ryane Clowe could see a diminished role with the San Jose Sharks when he returns from his two-game suspension.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Clowe is due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. A decline in his play will effect his contract talks with the Sharks, as well as his market value if he tests the free agent market.

NJ.COM: Rich Chere on Bryce Salvador’s journey from Manitoba to becoming the captain of the New Jersey Devils.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Phoenix Coyotes rank 29th in attendance this season, but have seen a 30 percent increase in paid tickets this season.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: A study suggests “the NHL is guilty of an age bias because it weighs its draft selections more heavily in favour of players born earlier in the year.”