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NBC SPORTS: Patrick Kane extended his points streak to 26 games as his Chicago Blackhawks blanked the Vancouver Canucks 4-0. Kane now has the longest point streak among active NHL players.
NHL.COM: Semyon Varlamov made 43 saves backstopping the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues, while Marek Zidlicky scored twice as the New York Islanders shut out the New Jersey Devils 4-0.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: The Sharks will be without center Logan Couture “for at least the next five games as he recovers from surgery to repair a bleeding artery in his right thigh.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is making a case as this season’s potential winner of the Norris Trophy.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes the slumping Rangers are facing a midseason crisis, lacking structure, identity and confidence.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s also not the first time in recent years the Rangers have struggled through a bad slump in the first half of the season, only to rally back with a solid second half. Let’s give them a few more weeks before suggesting they’re a “disaster in the making”. What do you think, Rangers fans? Is the sky falling on this season or is this merely a minor setback?
THE VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks have loaned forward Jake Virtanen to Canada’s roster for the upcoming World Junior Hockey championships.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs have recalled goaltender Jonathan Bernier from their AHL affiliate, where he posted three consecutive shutouts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bernier will reportedly be the starter on Tuesday night against Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
TSN.CA: Speaking of the Leafs, they’re reportedly going to unveil a new logo and new uniforms for next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I don’t believe the Original Six franchises should mess with their logos or uniforms. I’d like to hear what Leafs fans think about this.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators goalie Andrew Hammond (concussion) returns to the lineup today.