Game recaps, injury updates and the latest on Matt Duchene, Charlie Coyle & more in today’s collection of NHL morning headlines.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Despite losing Valtteri Filppula (upper body) and Nikita Kucherov to injury, the Tampa Bay Lightning blanked the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop made 37 saves while captain Steven Stamkos enjoyed a two-goal, three-point performance.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Conor Sheary scored twice and Matt Cullen potted the game winner to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 5-3 win over the New York Rangers.
TORONTO SUN: Michael Grabner netted the only goal and Jonathan Bernier made 38 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Detroit Red Wings 1-0.
NBC SPORTS: Speaking of the Red Wings, defenseman Niklas Kronwall will miss 1-3 weeks to a sprained knee.
DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene is poised for his first 30-
game goal season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yep, initially wrote “30-game” season instead of 30-goal. Damn you, daylight savings time!
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Working with a “shot doctor” has helped Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle to a career-best 21 goals this season.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (fractured wrist) hopes to return to action by the end of this month.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Coach’s challenge and expansion are among the topics to be discussed at this week’s NHL general managers meetings.