Games recaps, updates on Kevin Bieksa and Nazem Kadri and the latest on the Canadiens and Oilers. 

Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson makes one of his 29 saves against the Blue Jackets.

Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson makes one of his 29 saves in a 4-0 shutout win against the Blue Jackets.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Michael Hutchinson made 29 saves for this 14th win of the season as the Jets blanked the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0. The Jets also welcomed back defenseman Jacob Trouba, who missed 16 games with an upper-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets enter the All-Star break with a record of 26-14-8, sitting firmly in fifth overall in the Western Conference and only two points behind the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks. 

OTTAWA SUN: Erik Karlsson scored twice as the Senators took a 3-0 lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs and hung on for a 4-3 victory.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators remain 10 points out of the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference, as are the Maple Leafs, who have now lost six straight games. 

CALGARY HERALD: Flames goalie Joni Ortio suffered his first NHL defeat this season as the Anaheim Ducks doubled up the Flames 6-3. It marked the 20th straight game the Flames have lost in Anaheim.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Definitely not the happiest place on earth for the Flames, though they retain hold of the final wild-card playoff berth in the Western Conference as the LA Kings also lost last night. 

THE VANCOUVER SUN: Bad news for the Canucks as veteran defenseman Kevin Bieksa is out indefinitely following surgery on his broken left hand. Bieksa suffered the injury during a recent game against the Tampa Bay Lightning when struck by a slapshot by Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks only recently welcomed back Dan Hamhuis from a groin injury. Losing Bieksa could be a serious blow. 

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs and Nazem Kadri are reportedly in talks on a new contract worth $22 million over five years.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s $4.4 million per season for a center on pace for 23 goals and nearly 50 points, numbers similar to what he posted up last season, but nowhere close to the nearly point-per-game pace he was on (44 points in 48 games) during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign. Is Kadri worth it, Leafs fan? Discuss!

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens enter the All-Star break in a light mood, having won seven of their last ten games and sitting fourth in the Eastern Conference, only three points out of first overall.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’ve also done it scoring fewer goals at this point in the season than they did at this time a year ago. The Habs offensive,  defensive and puck-possession numbers are among the league’s worst, yet thanks to superb goaltending and timely offense they’re among the best teams in the NHL. 

EDMONTON SUN: With a pair of comeback wins, the Oilers are showing signs of a turnaround.