Kings’ Milan Lucic suspended, plus updates on Connor McDavid, Sergei Bobrovsky and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
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LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings left wing Milan Lucic received a one-game suspension for sucker-punching Arizona Coyotes defenseman Kevin Connauton during Saturday’s game between the two clubs.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky’s latest groin injury (his third of the season) is a growing concern for Blue Jackets management.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As it should be. Bobrovsky’s their franchise goaltender. The former Vezina Trophy winner has been plagued by nagging groin injuries since 2013.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers rookie center Connor McDavid (broken clavicle) has received clearance to return to the roster on Feb. 2. He’s also agreed to participate in practices with the club’s AHL affiliate in Bakersfield during the NHL All-Star break.
CBS SPORTS: Ottawa Senators winger Bobby Ryan’s goal in his club’s 3-0 shutout of the New York Rangers also helped a couple of young Senators fans get a puppy from their father.
THE DENVER POST: Offseason acquisition Carl Soderberg has proven to be a valuable addition to the Colorado Avalanche.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Soderberg trade was among last summer’s most underrated deals. He’s currently third in Avs scoring.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Wrist surger will sidelined Devils forward Jiri Tlusty for three-to-four months.
ESPN.COM: cited a New York Post report claiming several Madison Square Garden employees were recently suspended for allegedly scalping Rangers and Knicks tickets.