Game recaps, plus updates on Cody Franson, Jacob Trouba, Joni Ortio and more.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Carey Price returned from injury to make 36 saves while P.K. Subban scored an overtime power-play goal to carry the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Nashville Predators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: “Keep calm and Carey on.”
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Teddy Purcell scored in regulation and again in a shootout to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-4 comeback win over the Washington Capitals, marking the Oilers second-straight road win.
THE PROVINCE: The speedy Tampa Bay Lightning proved too much for the Vancouver Canucks, as the Lightning rolled to a 4-1 victory.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks have trouble against swift opponents this season. That’s going to be an issue for them down the stretch.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Carl Hagelin’s overtime goal gave the New York Rangers a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators, snapping the Sens’ seven-game regular-season winning streak at Madison Square Garden.
NATIONAL POST: Believe it or not, defenseman Cody Franson wants to re-sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
TORONTO STAR: Three Maple Leafs fans face charges and and a one-year ban from the Air Canada Centre for tossing jerseys on the ice during the Leafs recent home loss against the lowly Carolina Hurricanes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: CBC News reports the trio were each fined $60.00. So, tossing jerseys on the ice results in fines and a ban from building. Tossing waffles, however, apparently remains okay.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames rookie goalie Joni Ortio has become the headline-grabber of the club’s current road trip and four-game winning streak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thanks in part to Ortio’s goaltending, the Flames have climbed back into the Western Conference playoff picture.
WINNIPEG SUN: Good news for the Jets, as defenseman Jacob Trouba (wrist injury) could return to the lineup tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trouba was originally believes sidelined until early-February so this is very good news for the Jets.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Heritage Classic game slated for Winnipeg has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts to 2016-17.