Game recaps, plus updates on David Krejci, Alec Martinez, Ilya Bryzgalov, Raffi Torres, next season’s salary cap and more.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: In the first game without Patrick Kane, and against the team (Florida Panthers) which Kane suffered his broken clavicle, the Chicago Blackhawks emerged with a 3-0 victory. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford made 20 saves for his second shutout of the season.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Rangers moved into first in the Metropolitan Divisions with a 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Lee Stempniak scored twice, including the game winner late in the third. Rangers goalie Cam Talbot made 37 saves.
MLIVE.COM: Luke Glendening scored with 1:15 remaining in the third period to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the struggling San Jose Sharks.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild doubled up the Nashville Predators 4-2, giving the Wild a hold on the second wild-card berth in the Western Conference.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The combination of the Wild’s win and the Sharks loss moves the latter three points out of playoff contention. Keep an eye on the Sharks leading up to the trade deadline, as they’ll either be buyers or sellers. I suspect the latter.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: The Bruins placed David Krejci and Kevan Miller on long-term injured reserve. Both players must miss at least 10 games and 24 calendar days before being activated.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could affect potential moves by the Bruins at the trade deadline. The Bruins will be allowed to go over the cap up to the equivalent of their respective salaries for this season ($6 million combined) to add players to replacement, but must become cap compliant if they return to action before the end of the regular season.
NBC SPORTS: The Los Angeles Kings placed defenseman Alec Martinez on injured reserve retroactive to February 9.
CBS SPORTS: After clearing waivers earlier this week, Anaheim Ducks goalie Ilya Bryzgalov will be returning to his home in Philadelphia for the remainder of this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And with that, I daresay Bryzgalov’s NHL career draws to a close. The contract buyout he received from the Philadelphia Flyers should ensure a comfortable retirement.
CSN BAY AREA: San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres, who has not played a game this season, underwent another knee surgery and hopes to return to the Sharks next season.
KUKLA’S KORNER: The Columbus Blue Jackets traded forward Adam Cracknell to the St. Louis Blues for future considerations.
NESN.COM: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman maintains the salary cap for 2015-16 could come in at between $71-$72 million even with the decline in the value of the Canadian dollar.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as the NHLPA exercises its five-percent salary escalator clause as it usually does, the cap will be between $71-$72 million. If, as rumored, the PA membership votes against employing the escalator for next season, it’ll be $68 million.