Game recaps, plus the latest on Alexander Semin, Lubomir Visnovsky, Jimmy Howard, Tomas Vokoun and more.

R.J. Umberger celebrates one of his two goals against the Kings.

R.J. Umberger celebrates one of his two goals against the Kings.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: R.J. Umberger scored twice and James Wisniewski collected two assists to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, marking a franchise-best seventh straight win.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After struggling through the first two months of this season the Blue Jackets have been steadily improving. They’re now jockeying for a wild card berth in the Eastern Conference.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rick Nash scored twice to give the New York Rangers a 2-0 lead, but the New York Islanders stormed back for a 5-3 win. Earlier in the day the Islanders announced they would not medically clear defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (shoulder) to participate in the Sochi Games for Slovakia.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doesn’t sound like that’s going to create a problem between Visnovsky and the Isles, as he understands the reason behind it.

NJ.COM: Returning from a knee injury, Damien Brunner had a three-point night as the New Jersey Devils thumped the St. Louis Blues 7-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brunner’s return should provide a much-needed boost to the Devils offense, which was struggling prior to their tilt against the Blues.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Power-play goals by Erik Cole and Ray Whitney, combined with a penalty shot goal by Jamie Jordie Benn, resulted in the Dallas Stars snapping a three-game losing skid with a 4-0 win over the Minnesota Wild.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Ed Jovanovski scored his first goal since returning from hip surgery to help the Florida Panthers down the Buffalo Sabres 4-3. It was a costly win for the Panthers as rookie star Aleksander Barkov suffered a lower-body injury and is considered day-to-day.

CSNPHILLY.COM: A winter storm resulted in the postponement of the Flyers -Hurricanes game. The game will be replayed tonight.

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

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard has been sidelined a week with a knee injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The hits just keep on coming for the injury-ravaged Wings, who are among the league-leaders this season in man-games lost to injury .

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Alexander Semin has been named to Russia’s Men’s Olympic hockey team following an injury to Moscow Dynamo player Sergei Soin.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun, who’s been sidelined four months by a blood clot in his pelvis, is ready to resume skating.

 CSNNE.COM: The Boston Bruins re-signed defenseman Kevan Miller to a two-year, $1.6 million contract.

NBC SPORTS: Washington Capitals prospect Evgeni Kuznetsov says he’ll join the Capitals next season.