Canucks down the Sabres, updates on Paul Byron and Nikita Nikitin, and the latest on the Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Senators and Jets.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Power-play goals by Yannick Weber and Nick Bonino helped the Vancouver Canucks down the Buffalo Sabres 5-2. Chris Stewart tallied both Sabres goals, while Ryan Miller made 20 saves for the win over his former team.
NATIONAL POST: Michael Traikos breaks down the Toronto Maple Leafs horrible, awful, no-good performance in January, featuring an ice-cold Phil Kessel, inconsistency, blown leads and injuries.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Entering this month the Leafs were seventh in the Eastern Conference. They’re now 11th and 10 points out of playoff contention. The players look beaten and hollow-eyed in interviews. A coaching change didn’t help. They’re in free fall with no signs of arresting the decline. Sorry, Leafs fans, but this team is whipped. They need a miracle to make the playoffs and I don’t see one on the horizon.
LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens will try to contain a red-hot Alexander Ovechkin when they face off tonight against the Washington Capitals.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets recent back-to-back losses could be due to overthinking things too much.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames speedster Paul Byron is in the midst of a scoring drought.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators GM Bryan Murray is still holding out a slim hope his club can reach the playoffs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators are 12th in the Eastern Conference and 11 points out of playoff contention. I don’t believe they can climb back into the playoff chase.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers defenseman Nikita Nikitin’s season is probably over due to a shoulder injury.