Game recaps, updates on Jason Spezza, Artem Anisimov, Kimmo Timonen and Mikkel Boedker, NHL to include advanced stats on its website, and more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Los Angeles Kings rallied from three one-goal deficits to down the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Jeff Carter scored twice for the Kings and Tyler Toffoli scored once and set up another. Jake Muzzin tallied the game winner. The two Patricks (Kane and Sharp) each had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Alexander Ovechkin scored twice to vault into the NHL goal-scoring lead as the Washington Capitals blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0. Braden Holtby made 27 saves for the shutout.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: On the eve of Jason Spezza’s return to Ottawa for the first time since being dealt last summer to the Dallas Star, he reflected on his years with the Senators and his performance this season in Dallas.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Some good news for the injury-ravaged Blue Jackets, as Artem Anisimov (torn left triceps) and Ryan Murray (right knee injury) appear on the verge of returning to the lineup.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen (blood clots) is moving closer to returning to action, but the Flyers must clear cap space for his return. GM Ron Hextall suggests he could demote some players and go with a shorter roster.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Coyotes winger Mikkel Boedker is recovering well from recent emergency surgery to remove his spleen but his return to the lineup isn’t imminent.
NBC SPORTS: Starting in February 2015, the NHL will include advanced stats on its website.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kudos to the league for embracing advanced stats and making them available to the fans. Now, how about filling the void left by the now-defunct CapGeek.com and publishing all player salary information?
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers will be moving their AHL affiliates to California.