Notable game highlights plus updates on John Carlson, Chris Neil, Dennis Wideman, Jack Johnson & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Red Wings center Brad Richards celebrates his game-winning goal against the Avalanche.

Red Wings center Brad Richards celebrates his game-winning goal against the Avalanche.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Brad Richards scored the game-winning goal as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 in front of 50,095 fans at Coors Field in Denver.

CBS SPORTS:  Ottawa Senators center Mika Zibanejad scored three goals in under three minutes to lift his club to a 6-4 win over the Calgary Flames.

THE TENNESSEAN: Filip Forsberg scored his second hat trick in three games as the Nashville Predators blanked the St. Louis Blues 5-0.

PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux picked up his 500th career NHL point and defenseman Mark Streit netted his 400th as they led their club to a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.

For more highlights of Saturday’s game, head to NHL.com.

 

NOTABLE NHL HEADLINES

THE WASHINGTON POST:  Capitals defenseman John Carlson is expected to miss three-to-four weeks following a surgical procedure to address a lower-body injury. He’s been placed on long-term injured reserve, freeing up $4 million in salary-cap space that could be used to acquire a player before tomorrow’s NHL trade deadline. The club also placed forward Brooks Laich on waivers yesterday, but he’s expected to play in today’s game against Chicago.

ESPN.COM: A decision on Dennis Wideman’s appeal of his 20-game suspension isn’t expected until March 7. Last night marked the 13th game Wideman’s missed because of the suspension.

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson’s request to convert his from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 (thus protecting his future earnings from creditors) was denied on Friday.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators yesterday re-signed veteran forward Chris Neil to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. The Sens were also involved in a trade yesterday with the Buffalo Sabres involving seven minor-league players.

ESPN.COM: There’s some confusion over whether former NHL forward Ilya Kovalchuk will be allowed to return to the league if he follows through with his recent threat to leave the KHL. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly declined to say if Kovalchuk would have to wait a year to return in order to avoid receiving approval from all 30 NHL clubs. He pointed out Kovalchuk’s former team, the New Jersey Devils, have preferential rights. Because Kovalchuk began this season playing in Europe, he would also have to clear waivers before returning to the NHL.

NHL.COM: The Arizona Coyotes claimed winger Jiri Sekac off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks.

SPORT.PRAVDA.SK: Former NHL defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has officially retired as an active player. From Alexander Wirdzek: “With HC Slovan’s early exit from the KHL playoffs (lost to CSKA Moscow 0:4 in the series), Lubo Visnovsky officially retired from professional hockey due to long-standing health issues (back). He said goodbye to his career in front of the home sellout crowd.” In 14 NHL seasons with the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and New York Islanders, Visnovsky talled 128 goals and 495 points.