Stars of the week, plus the latest on Henrik Sedin, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jamie Benn, Pekka Rinne and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Paul Stastny had a goal and three assists to power the Blues past the Penguins, 5-2. The Oilers ended the Panthers seven-game home winning streak.
Notable NHL Headlines.
NHL.COM: Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, Calgary Flames center Sam Bennett and Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar are your NHL stars of the week.
THE PROVINCE: Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin (upper-body injury) is sidelined until after the All-Star break.
TSN: Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins suffered a hand injury during the Oilers 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers and is sidelined long term.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: For the Stars to get out of their current funk, perhaps captain Jamie Benn shouldn’t try so hard.”The Catch-22 of this scenario is that when Benn senses the team is struggling, he tries even harder. When he tries even harder, his game seems to suffer.”
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne is struggling through a difficult season. “His .902 save percentage is the worst among 23 NHL goaltenders with at least 25 starts this season. He’s allowed at least four goals in three of his past six starts and 10 times overall, second-most in the league behind San Jose’s Martin Jones.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s why eyebrows were raised when Rinne was named as the goaltender for the Central Division All-Star team. Speaking of the All-Star Game…
NBC SPORTS: John Scott says he doesn’t know if he’s going to the All-Star game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If his trade to the Montreal Canadiens and subsequent demotion to their AHL farm team, a deal many suspect was orchestrated by the league, is any indication, the answer is no.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks has written off the Rangers chances of making a run to the Stanley Cup Final or the President’s Trophy this season.
SPORTSNET: Commissioner Gary Bettman, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, deputy commissioner Bill Daly, NHLPA assistant Mathieu Schneider and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr sit atop John Shannon’s list of this year’s top 25 NHL power brokers. Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock was the top bench boss (9), Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid was the top player (12), Detroit Red Wings’ Ken Holland was the top GM (19) and Bobby Orr the top player agent (21).