Leafs crowned by the Kings, updates on Dan Hamhuis, Alex Chiasson and Paul Maurice, plus the latest on the Canadiens, Flames and Oilers.
TORONTO SUN/TORONTO STAR: Despite holding the Los Angeles Kings to under 20 shots, the Maple Leafs were blanked 2-0. The Leafs also assigned promising prospect William Nylander to their AHL affiliate for the remainder of the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs have no intention of calling up Nylander, as they don’t want to rush his development plus they also don’t want to burn off a year of his entry-level contract. This move is simply the next step in Nylander’s development, which could set the stage for his joining the Leafs full time next season.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens coach Michel Therrien is juggling his lineup again in hopes of bolstering his flagging power play. Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban will be split up in power-play scenarios, while Tomas Plekanec replaces Alex Galchenyk at center in even strength on the first line.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis (groin tear) could return to the lineup by the end of this week, perhaps better and stronger than before his injury thanks to physiotherapy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hamhuis was sorely missed by the Canucks, who struggled in his absence.
WINNIPEG SUN: Paul Friesen examines how coach Paul Maurice has transformed the Jets, particularly their defensive play and the improvement of Dustin Byfuglien into an All Star.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maurice’s efforts are a big reason why the Jets remain in playoff contention despite an injury-ravaged defense corps.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Winger Alex Chiasson hopes to regain his scoring touch when the Senators face off against the Dallas Stars tonight. Chiasson was part of the return the Senators received when they traded Jason Spezza to Dallas last summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tonight’s game is the first time the two clubs have faced each other since the trade.
CALGARY SUN: Joni Ortio’s performance filling in for the injured Karri Ramo leaves the Flames wondering what to do when Ramo returns to action.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My guess is Ortio returns to the minors when Ramo recovers.
EDMONTON SUN: After showing some improvement in recent games, the Oilers appear to be sliding back into bad habits.