In today’s NHL morning coffee headlines: Game recaps, All-Star Game participants announced, Patrick Kane shooting for the NHL scoring title, and Teemu Selanne to be honored by the Anaheim Ducks.
THE TENNESSEAN: Pekka Rinne turned aside 36 shots for his league-leading 28th win as the Nashville Predators downed the Minnesota Wild 3-1, handing the Wild their tenth loss in their last 12 games.
NEWSDAY: Ryane Strome, Thomas Hickey and Brian Strait each collected two points as the New York Islanders dominated the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Henrik Lundqvist became the first goaltender in NHL history to record 20 wins in each of his first 10 season backstopping the New York Rangers to a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.
STLTODAY.COM: T.J Oshie potted the winning goal in a shootout to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 5-4 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
THE DENVER POST: Goals by Erik Johnson, John Mitchell and Nathan MacKinnon rallied the Colorado Avalanche from a 2-0 deficit and set the stage for Matt Duchene’s game-winner to down the Dallas Stars 4-3.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.
NHL.COM: Three Columbus Blue Jackets – goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and forwards Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno – highlight the list of selections for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus on January 25.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: On pace for a career-best 40 goal, 90-point performance, Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is gunning for his first NHL scoring title.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s certainly within reach for Kane, as his 45 points are only five behind current scoring leader Jakub Voracek.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Anaheim Ducks will honor Teemu Selanne tonight by making him the first player in team history to have his jersey retired before their game against the Winnipeg Jets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s fitting that Selanne receives this honor before a game featuring the two teams with which he had his greatest seasons. Sadly, reclusive former linemate Paul Kariya won’t be attending the game.