Game recaps, latest from the NHL GMs meetings, plus updates on Martin St. Louis, Patric Hornqvist, Kris Versteeg and more.
THE WASHINGTON POST: It took a shootout goal by Evgeny Kuznetsov for the Washington Capitals to edge the lowly Buffalo Sabres 4-3.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Rookie Andy Andreoff’s first NHL goal gave the LA Kings a 1-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.”
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets winger Scott Hartnell was the NHL’s first star of the week for the week ending March 15. New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot was second star and Ottawa Senators netminder Andrew Hammond was third star.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers forward Martin St. Louis will miss 10-14 days with a right knee sprain.
NBC SPORTS: Pittsburgh Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist will miss a week while center Evgeni Malkin is out 7-14 days.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild defenseman Nate Prosser could miss four weeks with a lower-body injury.
THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche’s upcoming five-game road trip could make or break their playoff hopes.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Once-struggling Bruins winger Milan Lucic has seen improvement in his offense after being placed on a line with speedy youngsters David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner. Lucic has eight points in his last 11 games.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Slumping Blackhawks winger Kris Versteeg could be a healthy scratch for tonight’s game against the NY Islanders.
USA TODAY: NHL GMs could consider recommending expansion of video review for goalie interference calls or pucks leaving the playing surface. Discussion over 3-on-3 overtime is expected to be today’s topic.
SPORTSNET: Even if the NHLPA votes against using their five percent escalator clause for next season, the salary cap could still increase. A clause in the CBA stipulates the amount will be increased by five percent each year ““unless or until either party to this Agreement proposes a different growth factor based on actual revenue experience and/or projections, in which case the parties shall discuss and agree upon a new factor.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, if the PA votes against the five percent escalator, they and the league will meet to hash out a figure to determine how much the salary cap will rise based on this season’s revenue and next season’s projections. So, there won’t be a decline in the cap after all, but it might not rise to $72 million as the league recently projected. See, gang, we’re always learning something new about the NHL CBA.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: The NHL could have a franchise in Las Vegas by as early as 2016-17. The group pursuing an NHL team is on the verge of reaching its goal of 10, 000 deposits for season tickets, and a new arena is already under construction and should be ready by next April.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Be it an expansion team or a relocated club, the NHL is coming to Las Vegas. And once Seattle works out its arena situation, a franchise will likely land there too. Sorry, Quebec City.
MIAMI HERALD: 58 participants took part in tryouts to determine who will be the Florida Panthers practice goalie for a day.