Notable game recaps, injury updates and more in today’s collection of NHL morning headlines.
NHL Playoff Race
THE DENVER POST: Gabe Landeskog scored a goal and set up another while Calvin Pickard made 27 saves to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. The win kept the Avalanche one point up on the Minnesota Wild for the final wild-card berth in the Western Conference.
TWINCITIES.COM: Charlie Coyle’s shootout goal gave the Minnesota Wild gave the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, keeping the Wild within a point of the final Western Conference playoff spot.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Winger Tom Kuhnhackl had a three-point performance as the Pittsburgh Penguins thumped the league-leading Washington Capitals 6-2. It was the Penguins sixth straight win, putting them into a tie with the struggling New York Rangers for second in the Metropolitan Division.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Jakub Silfverberg’s overtime goal lifted the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. The win could be a costly one, as Ducks winger David Perron left the game with an apparent right-shoulder injury. Jets forward Mathieu Perreault also left the game with a possible head injury.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: James Reimer made 25 saves for his second shutout with the San Jose Sharks as they blanked the Arizona Coyotes 3-0. Sharks winger Joel Ward tallied his 20th of the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The victories by the Ducks and Sharks means the former still holds a one-point lead over the latter for second in the Pacific Division, with the Ducks moving to within four points of the division-leading Los Angeles Kings. The Blackhawks managed to move to within two points of the St. Louis Blues for second in the Central Division. We should find out today the severity of the respective injuries to Perron and Perreault.
Notable NHL Headlines.
NBC SPORTS: Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (knee injury) will meet with team doctors later this week to determine how long he could be sidelined. MacKinnon hasn’t played since suffering the injury on Friday against the Calgary Flames.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth is sidelined three weeks with a lower-body injury.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist isn’t saying it, but he appears concerned over his club’s recent struggles. Lundqvist is winless in his last five starts.
MIAMI HERALD: The new line of Jiri Hudler, Teddy Purcell and Nick Bjugstad is paying dividends for the Florida Panthers.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The recent addition of defenseman Kris Russell has led to a significant improvement in the Dallas Stars’ shot-blocking numbers.