Game recaps, the Sabres are reportedly close to re-signing Ted Nolan, plus the latest on Kris Letang, Brooks Laich, Justin Abdelkader, Tyson Barrie and more.

Jarome Iginla celebrates one of his two goals against the Wild.

Jarome Iginla celebrates one of his two goals against the Wild.

BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins won their ninth straight game, as Jarome Iginla scored twice in their 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins are the NHL’s hottest team right now, and recently took over first overall in the Eastern Conference from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Third period goals by Keith Yandle and Jeff Halpern lifted the Phoenix Coyotes to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win vaults the Coyotes over the Dallas Stars into the final playoff wild card berth in the Western Conference.

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

NBC SPORTS: Mike Halford cites reports the Buffalo Sabres are close to re-signing head coach Ted Nolan to a three-year contract.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Sidelined Penguins James Neal (concussion) and Chris Kunitz (leg) could return to action tonight. Kris Letang (stroke) and Beau Bennett (wrist) also received clearance to participate in practice. Letang’s post-stroke symptoms have cleared but there’s still no timetable for his return.

WASHINGTON POST: Capitals forward Brooks Laich will miss the next four-six weeks following surgery on a tight adductor muscle.

DETROIT NEWS: Justin Abdelkader (lower-body) is the latest Red Wing to be sidelined, joining Henrik Zetterberg (back), Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Stephen Weiss (sports hernia), Todd Bertuzzi (lower-body), Darren Helm (concussion), Joakim Andersson (broken foot), Tomas Jurco (broken rib), Dan Cleary (knee) and Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Wings miss the playoffs it won’t be from a lack of effort or talent, but rather a lack of healthy personnel.

DENVER POST: A profile of Avalanche blueliner Tyson Barrie blossoming into an offensive defenseman.

THE GLOBE & MAIL: David Shoalts reports NHL expansion talk is reflective of the league’s recent success.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Still no word from the league if they’re seriously considering expansion. Seattle, Quebec City and Las Vegas have been listed as possible expansion sites.