Game recaps, updates on Carey Price, Erik Karlsson, Benoit Pouliot and Joni Ortio and the latest on the Maple Leafs.
WINNIPEG SUN: Third-period goals by Bryan Little and Christ Thornburn 28 seconds apart helped the Jets down the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Big win for the Jets, who remain in fifth overall in the Western Conference but are only two points behind the Blackhawks and Blues.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Ryan Miller made 28 saves for his second straight shutout backstopping the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Goaltender Carey Price is listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury as the Canadiens called up Joey MacDonald to backup Dustin Tokarski for tonight’s game against the New York Islanders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This appears more a precautionary measure for the Habs, who don’t want to take a chance on worsening Price’s injury. Tokarski is a very capable backup.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Erik Karlsson’s ice time has been reduced under coach Dave Cameron.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best not to overwork your top defenseman.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers forward Benoit Pouliot is on an offensive tear since returning from injury, scoring seven goals in as many games.
CALGARY HERALD: Goaltender Joni Ortio will get his third straight start when the Flames face the San Jose Sharks tonight.
TORONTO STAR: Rosie DiManno acknowledges the Maple Leafs have lost their mojo and identity but believes blowing up the roster would be a big mistake.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We don’t know what Leafs president Brendan Shanahan has in mind for his moribund roster, but for what it’s worth, I believe they’ll make only minor moves leading up to the trade deadline (trading UFAs they won’t re-sign, like perhaps Daniel Winnik, Mike Santorelli and possibly Cody Franson), hire a new head coach before the NHL Draft and free agency, and make their decisions on other player moves based on input from their new coach. Any major player moves will take place in late-June through mid-July, when rival clubs have more cap space and willingness to make deals.