NHL to implement cocaine testing, ongoing expansion speculation, the decline of hockey fights and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

Check out the highlights below of Monday’s NHL action, including the Capitals shutting out the Oilers, the Rangers blanking the Predators and the Bruins edging the Maple Leafs.

 Notable NHL Headlines.

Rangers win over the Predators was the latter's third straight shutout defeat.

Rangers win over the Predators was the latter’s third straight shutout defeat.

THE TENNESSEAN: The Predators loss to the Rangers were their third shutout defeat in as many games.

NHL.COM: San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones, Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin and St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk are your NHL three stars of the week.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (sprained knee) will be sidelined until January at the earliest.

TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise (knee injury) is still unable to resume practice.

SPORTSNET: An examination of the value of shot blocking in the NHL, particularly given the risk of injury.

NBC SPORTS: The NHL will implement comprehensive cocaine screening by season’s end.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the recent incidents involving players caught for possession of cocaine, it’s not surprising the league is beefing up its drug screening. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: Incidents of fighting continues to decline in the NHL.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fighting won’t be completely eradicated from the NHL, but the insistence of NHL coaches that all roster players be capable of playing a regular shift and doing more than just chucking knuckles has ended the era of the one-dimensional goon. 

THE SEATTLE TIMES: Has a decision on NHL expansion to Quebec City and Las Vegas been delayed awaiting an arena vote in Seattle?

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It wouldn’t surprise me. The NHL is believed keen to put a franchise in the Pacific Northwest. It’s rumored the league was hoping for a pitch from Seattle when they began accepting expansion bids earlier this season.