Canucks down the Sabres, updates on Paul Byron and Nikita Nikitin, and the latest on the Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Senators and Jets.

Canucks celebrate one of their goals against the Sabres

Canucks celebrate one of their goals against the Sabres

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.