Players of the week, injury updates, contract info and more in today’s collection of notable NHL headlines.
NHL Playoff Race.
TSN: Ryan Johansen had a goal and two assists as the Nashville Predators downed the Los Angeles Kings 5-2.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Rick Nash tallied his first goal since returning to action to help the Rangers double up the Florida Panthers 4-2.
PHILLY.COM: Brandon Manning’s first career NHL goal also proved the game winner as the Philadelphia Flyers downed the slumping New York Islanders 4-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers move to within one point of the Detroit Red Wings for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers regained second place in the Metropolitan Division, opening a two-point lead over the Penguins. The Predators, meanwhile, move to within four points of the third-place Blackhawks in the Central Division.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks winger David Perron is listed as week-to-week with a shoulder injury.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Mathieu Perreault is sidelined indefinitely with a concussion.
THE PROVINCE: With 11 games remaining in the season, the Canucks have shut down Radim Vrbata, Alex Edler and Brandon Sutter.
Notable NHL Headlines.
NBC SPORTS: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan are NHL stars of the week.
TSN: Bob McKenzie reminds us Calgary Flames left wing and pending RFA Johnny Gaudreau is ineligible to receive an offer sheet this summer.
MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed forward Eric Tangradi to a two-year, two-way contract worth $650K at the NHL level.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres have fired director of player performance Oliver Finlay.
TSN: The league and the former players involved in a concussion lawsuit are awaiting a key ruling over pre-emption.