Game recaps, updates on Mike Richards, Ryan Suter and more.

Antti Niemi stones Jonathan Toews in a 31-save shutout of the Blackkhawks.

Sharks goaolie Antti Niemi stones Jonathan Toews in a 31-save shutout of the  ChicagoBlackkhawks.

CSNBAYAREA.COM: 31-year-old Antti Niemi made 31 saves to collect his 31st career shutout on January 31st as the San Jose Sharks downed the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0.

NEW YORK POST: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist shook off a shot to the throat to help his club down the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was a scary few moments watching Lundqvist writhing in pain clutching his throat. Fortunately he didn’t suffer any serious damage. 

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist scored their 22nd and 20th goals respectively of this season helping the Red Wings down the New York Islanders 4-1.

THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Ben Bishop collected a franchise-record 10th straight home win backstopping the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

THE BOSTON GLOBE: Brad Marchand scored twice as the Boston Bruins defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-1.

NJ.COM: Backup goalie Keith Kincaid made 26 saves to carry the New Jersey Devils to a 3-1 win over the now-struggling Florida Panthers.

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

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Demoted center Mike Richards played well in his first game with the Kings’ AHL affiliate in Manchester. He’s reportedly in good spirits and getting along well with his new teammates.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Richards remains the subject of NHL trade rumors, but the decline in his play coupled with his expensive contract makes him difficult to move. 

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (lower-body injury) could miss today’s game against the Vancouver Canucks.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators enjoyed good fan support  in recent years, but their front office hopes the club’s improvement this season attracts more fans.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A lengthy playoff run this spring will go a long way toward achieving that goal.

NBC SPORTS: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is willing to consider making salary cap information available to fans, though he believes too much attention is focused upon players salaries and not enough on their performance.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bettman has no one to blame but himself for the increased interest by fans in players salaries. He’s the one who pushed for a salary cap, so naturally there’s going to be more interest in team payrolls by fans. He and the league are missing a great opportunity to attract more eyeballs to their site by filling the void left by the now defunct and much-missed CapGeek.com.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: All signs point to the NHL eventually have corporate sponsors on jerseys.