Updates on Brandon Dubinsky, Derek Stepan, the Coyotes future, decline of the visorless player and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

Check out the video highlights of last night’s NHL action, including Patrick Kane tying an NHL record for American-born players, the Bruins rallying to beat the Rangers, the Capitals downing the Lightning and the Canadiens defeating the Devils in a shootout.

NHL Injury Update

NEW YORK POST: Rangers center Derek Stepan suffered  broken ribs during yesterday’s tilt against the Boston Bruins. He is sidelined indefinitely.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Sharks defenseman Justin Braun (elbow infection) has no timetable for his return.

Notable NHL Headlines.

Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky crosschecks Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky crosschecks Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

TSN:  Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky will face a hearing regarding a crosscheck to the neck of Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, as well as breaking his stick across Crosby’s back. While the Penguins captain left the game, he did return to action.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dubinsky has never been suspended by the NHL, but he could be facing his first one. Given that Crosby returned to the game, however, he might get off with a fine. 

AZCENTRAL.COM: The Arizona Coyotes 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames was the 500th for head coach Dave Tippett.

SPORTSNET: Speaking of the Coyotes, there’s ongoing speculation they’ll vacate the the Gila River Arena in Glendale for a venue in downtown Phoenix or nearby Scottsdale or Tempe.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For years, it was widely assumed the Coyotes would relocate out of Arizona. That’s no longer a certainty. You can bet the league is hoping to find a way to keep the franchise in the state. 

SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston examines the decline of the visorless player in the NHL.

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: UFA defenseman Tim Gleason has decided to end his tryout with the Carolina Hurricanes. GM Ron Francis said that Gleason was no longer mentally up to the long grind of an NHL season.