Get ready for Groundhog Day by checking out the latest notable NHL headlines.
STLTODAY.COM: Despite losing Kevin Shattenkirk (lower-body injury) and David Backes (game misconduct), the St. Louis Blues edged the Washington Capitals 3-2. Alexander Steen scored twice for the Blues, while Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin became only the fifth player in NHL history to score at least 30 goals in each of his first 10 seasons.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shattenkirk is expected to be evaluated today as to the severity of his injury. While limping after the game he wasn’t using crutches, which could be a sign it isn’t a serious injury.
THE TENNESSEAN: Carter Hutton made 21 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Nashville Predators blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Kings will be making their second visit in three years to the White House, where they’ll be honored by President Obama for their 2014 Stanley Cup championship.
THE DENVER POST: Jarome Iginla turned into a good acquisition for the Colorado Avalanche, as he leads the club in goals (16) and is stepping up as a team leader.
BOSTON HERALD: After starting January out of playoff contention, the Boston Bruins begin February with a comfortable hold on a wild-card berth, nine points up on the ninth-overall Florida Panthers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was only a matter of time before the Bruins regained their footing. While they still need another scoring winger and blueline depth, there’s still sufficient talent for this club to be a playoff contender.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars rookie blueliner John Klingberg is impressing with his play at both ends of the rink.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: The Lightning have placed goalie Evgeni Nabokov on waivers and called up Andrei Vasilevskiy. If unclaimed, Nabokov is expected to be demoted to their AHL affiliate in Syracuse.