Alex Ovechkin to miss the NHL All-Star game, Blackhawks rise in attendance, latest expansion news and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Steven Stamkos scored a power-play goal as the Lightning silenced the Maple Leafs, 1-0. Jakub Voracek’s second goal of the night lifted the Flyers past the Capitals in overtime.
Notable NHL Headlines.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will miss the upcoming NHL All-Star game because of a nagging lower-body injury. As a result, Ovechkin won’t be allowed to play in the Caps’ first game following the All-Star break on Feb. 2 against the Florida Panthers.
TSN: The court date for Capitals center Mike Richards on a charge of possession of a controlled substance was adjourned to Feb. 25.
TSN: Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman claims his hit on a linesman in last night’s game against the Nashville Predators was accidental. Though he apologized at the first stoppage of play, the NHL could review the incident.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson said his club must grind out its wins because they’re a budget team and lack the high-skilled talent of other clubs. Meanwhile, long-time Sens defenseman Chris Phillips might not play a single game this season because of a nagging back injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some could interpret Karlsson’s comments as a subtle slam of management and ownership, but he’s simply stating a fact. The Senators are a budget team and cannot afford to load up on top-flight talent compared to deeper-pocketed clubs. As for Phillips, it’s an unfortunate end to his long NHL career. As he nears 38, his chances of getting back into the game seem slim.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils will unveil a statue honoring goaltender Martin Brodeur on the evening of Feb. 8 and will retire his No. 30 on Feb. 9.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks attendance gains over the past decade rank third in all of sports.
ESPN.COM: The Florida Panthers’ “Spacey in Space” hoodies are becoming a hot topic, and a hot sell, among their fans.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Could this replace the tradition of tossing plastic rats on the ice?
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins goaltender Jonas Gustavsson was released from hospital yesterday after being admitted for an elevated heart rate.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers claimed defenseman Adam Clendening off waivers yesterday from the Anaheim Ducks. The Oilers are his third NHL team this season and his fourth in two years.
CBC.CA: Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner was fined $10,000 by a British Columbia court for hunting a grizzly bear without a proper license.
CBS SPORTS: Long-time Los Angeles Kings broadcaster Bob Miller is taking an indefinite medical leave of absence for heart-bypass surgery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes for a successful procedure and a swift recovery.
SPORTSNET: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman remains intrigued by the possibility of Seattle as a potential new market for the league. Construction of a new arena is seen as the main obstacle.