Red Wings defeat the Sabres, plus the latest on Pavel Datsyuk, Martin St. Louis and updates on the Coyotes, Rangers, Stars, Flyers, Bruins, Panthers and Penguins.

Johan Franzen reacts after scoring against the Sabres.

Johan Franzen reacts after scoring against the Sabres.

DETROIT FREE PRESS:  Johan Franzen’s tie-breaking goal turned out to be the game winner as the Red Wings defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-1. The Wings are also cautiously optimistic Pavel Datsyuk, who skipped this game to a suspected concussion, may have avoided serious injury, though an official diagnosis could come today on his condition.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

TBO.COM: The Tampa Bay Lightning intend to formally honor Martin St. Louis for playing his 1,000th NHL game.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Two recent losses have exposed weaknesses in the Phoenix Coyotes game, such as their woeful penalty kill, which ranks 28th in the league.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I recently noted in my Soapbox, the Coyotes have played well offensively but they’ve been struggling defensively this season.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The members of the Rangers top line (Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan) are confident their offense will pick up soon.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika examines the ongoing issues of the rebuilding Stars.

PHILLY.COM: The Flyers, finally at .500, are hoping to build upon their recent improvement.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’ve certainly been among the most improved teams in November. If they maintain his pace in December they’ll be perched among the playoff contenders before Christmas.

BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins blueline depth has enabled them to overcome injuries to regulars Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg.

MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers new coach Peter Horachek is still settling into his new role.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett could be sidelined for a while.