Game recaps, updates on Tyler Seguin and Cory Schneider, plus the latest on the Blues, Islanders, Panthers and more.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Derek Stepan and NHL goalscoring leader Rick Nash each scored twice to carry the New York Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Earlier in the day, the Rangers officially announced the re-signing of Marc Staal to a six-year, $34.2 million contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can read my take on Staal’s new contract here.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Cody Eakin and Jamie Benn each had three-point performances as the Dallas Stars doubled up the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Henrik Zetterberg’s third-period hat trick lifted the Detroit Red Wings to a 6-4 win over the hapless Buffalo Sabres.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa examines why the Boston Bruins traded Tyler Seguin to Dallas and how the little-used former Bruins winger blossomed into a superstar with the Stars.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins’ reasons for moving Seguin were good ones at the time. The problem is the return they received has so far failed to turn out as well as they hoped. Seguin turning into a scoring machine in Dallas only exacerbates the issue.
STLTODAY.COM: After struggling earlier in the season, the Blues top line of David Backes, Alex Steen and T.J. Oshie has combined for 49 points in their last 11 games.
NJ.COM: Devils goalie Cory Schneider confirmed he recently took a shot to the side of his head during a recent game, but he says he’s fine and is expected to return to action Monday against the San Jose Sharks.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders are among the top teams in the Eastern Conference, but their penalty killing ranks among the league’s worst.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If they fail to adequately address this problem it could hurt them in the playoffs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Panthers are one of the NHL’s lowest-scoring teams. If management cannot find a scorer to boost their production soon, they can kiss their playoff dreams goodbye.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: A fascinating look at how depth doesn’t necessarily equate to more wins.