By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports
We're almost at the mid-point of the NHL season as we approach the All-Star break, and the Stanley Cup contenders have started to separate themselves from the pack. The Washington Capitals are atop the Eastern Conference, while the Chicago Blackhawks, who had their 12-game win streak snapped by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, lead the West.
Check out the latest NHL news and rumors below.
• The Lightning are “actively and aggressively” trying to trade forward Jonathan Drouin, reports the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson. Drouin requested a trade three weeks ago, and Tampa Bay suspended him two days ago for failing to report to an AHL game.
• The Columbus Blue Jackets announced that goalie Sergei Bobrovsky suffered a lower-body injury in their 4–2 loss to the Calgary Flames. He will be re-evaluated Friday to find out the full extent of the injury.