Game recaps, updates on Nathan MacKinnon and Joe Pavelski, plus the latest on the Flyers, Wild, Sabres and Panthers in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rick Nash tallied his 25th goal of the season as the New York Rangers rolled to a 4-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. It was the Rangers 11th win in their last dozen games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the second straight season the Rangers have overcome a slow start to rise in the Eastern Conference standings.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Patrice Bergeron’s overtime goal lifted his outplayed Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was the main reason behind his club’s victory, kicking out 37 of 39 shots.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche sophomore and 2014 Calder Trophy winner Nathan MacKinnon feels he’s regaining his scoring groove after struggling through the first half of this season.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: The San Jose Sharks are coping with the absence of Joe Thornton (shoulder injury), particularly Joe Pavelski, who has five points in his last three games.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: “Tanking” isn’t part of the Sabres’ players vocabulary. Veteran defenseman Josh Gorges said he’s never heard any player talk of losing on purpose.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Talk of players tanking the season to garner a better draft pick is nonsense. If a team is playing poorly, it’s because they’re lacking depth in talent to be competitive against better clubs. No mystery or conspiracy.
PHILLY.COM: A Las Vegas oddsmaker believes the next NHL coach to lose their job will be Flyers bench boss Craig Berube.
CSNPHILLY.COM: It’s been revealed the Flyers were fined $50,000 by the NHL for violating terms of the CBA by traveling to a scheduled game during the Christmas holiday period.
TWINCITIES.COM: A combination of losing and a poor effort sparked Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo to storm out on his club during a practice after delivering a profanity-laced tirade at the players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That Vegas oddsmaker might wish to reconsider his take on the favorite to be fired.
MIAMI HERALD: Dale Tallon didn’t intend to overhaul the Florida Panthers roster when he took over several years ago as general manager, but he’s more than delivered on his promise to make significant changes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tallon’s had some ups and downs with those changes, but given the club’s depth in promising youth and its better-than-expected play this season, it appears the Panthers are finally heading in the right direction.