Wild thump the Blackhawks in Stadium Series, Leafs trade Shawn Matthias to the Avalanche, injury update & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

The Wild celebrated the first outdoor game in franchise history with a 6-1 victory over the Blackhawks. The Ducks cruised to their fifth straight win, and more in your NHL Hat Trick.

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The Wild thumped the Blackhawks 6-1 in front of over 50,000 fans at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Wild thumped the Blackhawks 6-1 in front of over 50,000 fans at TCF Bank Stadium.

 TRIBLIVE.COM: Kris Letang’s three assists helped the Pittsburgh Penguins edge the Buffalo Sabres 4-3.

THE WASHINGTON POST: Despite having the NHL’s top power play this season, the Washington Capitals have struggled of late with the man advantage.

TORONTO STAR:  The Maple Leafs shipped forward Shawn Matthias to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a fourth-round pick and minor-league winger Colin Smith.

TSN.CA: This morning, the Leafs shipped defenceman Roman Polak and forward Nick Spaling to the San Jose Sharks for two second-round draft picks and forward Raffi Torres.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The purge of pending UFAs by the Leafs before the Feb. 29 trade deadline has begun. Matthias provides forward depth for an Avalanche team battling for a playoff berth in the Western Conference. Polak and Spaling do the same for the Sharks. The rebuilding Leafs add to their stockpile of picks(12) in this year’s draft, add two more for future drafts and bring in depth on the wing for their AHL club. 

NHL Injury Report.

THE BUFFALO NEWS:  Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly will be sidelined 3-4 weeks with a broken foot.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS:  Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh didn’t suffer a concussion or a broken jaw after he was elbowed in the head by Toronto Maple Leafs winger Leo Komarov last week.

STLTODAY.COM:  On the same day goaltender Jake Allen came off injured reserve, the Blues placed forward Alex Steen (upper-body injury) on IR. He’s expected to miss a month.

TAMPA BAY TIMES:  Lighting winger Nikita Kucherov is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

PHILLY.COM: While Flyers forwards Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier could return to action on Tuesday, defenseman Michael Del Zotto will undergo season-ending wrist surgery on Friday.

OTTAWA SUN: Sidelined since Oct. 14 by a concussion, Senators forward Clarke MacArthur still hasn’t received medical clearance to return to action.