Game recaps, the latest from the NHL GMs meetings plus updates on David Krejci, Pavel Datsyuk, Roberto Luongo, Mike Smith and more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Ryan Kesler scored in overtime to lift the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Backup goalie Scott Darling made 25 saves for his first career NHL shutout while Brad Richards tallied the only goal as the Chicago Blackhawks edged the New York Rangers 1-0. It was the Blackhawks fourth straight win and their sixth in the last seven games.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams are recapped in “Canadian Corner.” The Ducks’ win vaults them into sole possession of first in the Western Conference and the league overall standings. The Kings hold a one-point lead over the Calgary Flames in the Pacific Division.
ESPN.COM: The NHLPA was presented with three potential rules changes for 2015-16 during the third day of the NHL general managers’ meetings. The proposed changes include: “3-on-3 overtime, coach’s challenges and a new faceoff rule that would require the defensive player to put his stick on the ice first during faceoffs, including those in the neutral zone.” If approved by the NHLPA, the proposed changes will go before the league board of governors for final approval.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk will miss the club’s upcoming two-game road trip through Florida owing to a lower-body ache.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins center David Krejci (torn MCL, left knee) skated in full practice with his teammates on Wednesday and could return to action this weekend.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (shoulder injury) could return to the lineup Thursday against the Red Wings.
THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche all-star defenseman Erik Johnson (knee injury) could return to action starting Monday against Calgary.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Struggling Coyotes starting goalie Mike Smith hopes for improvement over the remainder of this season.
PHILLY.COM: Michael Raffl could be a good stop-gap measure as a top-line winger for the Flyers while management searches for a suitable first-line left wing.