Blackhawks set a franchise wins record, Canadiens free fall continues, John Scott going to the All-Star game and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist as the Blackhawks won their franchise-record 12th straight win. The Lightning dropped the Oilers for their sixth win in a row.

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Can anything halt the Canadiens free-fall in the Eastern Conference standings?

Can anything halt the Canadiens free-fall in the Eastern Conference standings?

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The floundering Canadiens fell out of a playoff berth with a 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins.”The Canadiens are 4-16-1 in their last 21 games and have averaged 1.86 goals per game during that span.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the lack of offense that’s killing the Canadiens season. Fans are screaming for a trade or a coaching change. Neither seems imminent. To land a top-line scorer will cost the Habs a top player like P.K. Subban or a promising one like Alex Galchenyuk. Replacing Michel Therrien as head coach seems the only viable option, but the punditry seems split on that one. Some believe Therrien must go, some think his job is still safe, while others doubt a coaching change will do any good. At this rate, the only thing the Habs will qualify for by season’s end is a shot at winning the Auston Matthews draft lottery.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars remains winless on the road in their last eight games, dropping a 3-2 decision to the surging Los Angeles Kings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A month ago, the Stars were perched atop the Western Conference standings. They’re now second overall, but the Kings and St. Louis Blues are right behind them. The Stars aren’t in danger of falling out of playoff contention, but they must improve their road record if they hope to stay ahead of the Kings and Blues.

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (broken hand) is out six-to-eight weeks.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (arthroscopic surgery) is out two-to-four weeks, while forward Drew Miller “will be out 4-to-6 months after major reconstructive knee surgery on his ACL along with having a torn meniscus repaired.”

OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward Mike Hoffman (upper-body injury) is listed as day-to-day

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Former Coyotes enforcer John Scott will be attending the NHL All-Star game as Pacific Division captain. However, the Coyotes will now be without a representative at the game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Proving once again what a complete and utter farce the NHL All-Star Game has become. 

CSN BAY AREA: San Jose Sharks owner Hasso Plattner is concerned over the recent decline in his club’s attendance, but expressed his support of GM Doug Wilson.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Former Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason is acting as an unpaid mentor for the club’s blueliners.

NHL.COM: Auston Matthews and Matthew Tkachuk top the 2016 NHL Central Scouting mid-term rankings.

USA TODAY: Former NHL enforcer Brian McGrattan was knocked unconscious during an AHL game. He was taken to hospital, where he was conscious and had full range of movement.