Rangers edge the Bruins, plus updates on Pekka Rinne, Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Grossmann, Martin Brodeur and more.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rick Nash scored his league-leading 32nd goal as the New York Rangers edged the Boston Bruins 3-2. The Rangers were playing without starting goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who is day-to-day with a neck injury.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
THE TENNESSEAN: After being sidelined over three weeks with a knee injury, Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne returns to action tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg is showing no ill effects from the back injury which required surgery last season. Zetterberg hasn’t missed a game this season and leads the Wings in points with 46.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A healthy Zetterberg is a key reason for the Wings solid performance this season.
PHILLY.COM: Defenseman Nicklas Grossmann (shoulder injury) will return to the Flyers lineup tonight against the New York Islanders.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders special teams haven’t been that special.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Their power play only recently struggled, it’s their penalty kill which is an ongoing problem, as they’re among the worst in the league in that department.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild will have a logjam between the pipes when Darcy Kuemper returns next week from his conditioning stint. Their current tandem consists of Devan Dubnyk and Niklas Backstrom.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dubnyk’s been outstanding for the Wild, winning six of eight games since joining them in a trade from Arizona and vaulting the once-floundering club back into playoff contention. I doubt they’ll trade Kuemper and they can’t give away the expensive, aging Backstrom. Looks like they’ll have little choice but to carry three goalies for the rest of the season.
NJ.COM: Recently retired Martin Brodeur will take part in the Devils 1994-95 alumni charity game.
TORONTO SUN: Vic Howe, brother of Gordie Howe, passed away recently at the age of 85. Vic played three NHL seasons with the New York Rangers in the 1950s.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Condolences to Vic’s family and to Gordie, who is apparently making significant strides in his recovery from a stroke.