Game recaps plus updates on Tyler Seguin, Jeff Skinner, Nathan MacKinnon, Rich Peverley and more.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars blanked the Florida Panthers 2-0, but their win was overshadowed by losing three forwards (Tyler Seguin, Ales Hemsky and Patrick Eaves) to injury. Seguin suffered an apparent right-leg injury after being clipped by Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, who received a game misconduct and could face a suspension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appeared Kulikov was going for a hip check but timed it poorly, resulting in Seguin’s injury. This could be a serious blow for the Stars playoff hopes, as Seguin and linemate Jamie Benn powered the club’s offense. If Seguin misses any significant time, it could spell the end of the Stars’ postseason chances.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Joe Pavelski tallied a hat trick to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes, giving Sharks coach Todd McLellan his 300th career NHL win.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Marian Hossa collected a goal and an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks downed the New Jersey Devils by a score of 3-1.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Artem Anisimov’s overtime goal lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner is going through what he considers a frustrating season. His offensive production is down compared to previous years. With the Hurricanes considering major roster changes, his name could pop up in some trade speculation.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It already has, but while the Hurricanes might get some offers for Skinner I doubt he’ll be moving at the trade deadline.
THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche forward and 2014 Calder Trophy winner Nathan MacKinnon continues to struggle in his sophomore season. With only nine goals and 21 assists, MacKinnon’s seems caught in the Avs’ time-wide regression this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing Paul Statsny to free agency last summer took a bigger toll than expected on the Avs’ offense this season.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres’ goal stats this season are near historic lows.
NBC SPORTS: Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley remains sidelined by a heart condition since collapsing on the bench during a game last March, but he’s now contributing as a volunteer coach in an informal role with the Stars’ farm team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if Peverley can resume his playing career, but there could be a future for him in coaching.
THE SEATTLE TIMES: New investor groups are forming in hopes of bringing the NHL or NBA to Seattle.