Game recaps, an update on Jordan Eberle and the latest on the Maple Leafs, Canadiens and Flames.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: The Vancouver Canucks and their fans welcomed back former Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, who backstopped his Florida Panthers to a 3-1 victory.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks got some welcome news yesterday, as defenseman Dan Hamhuis (groin injury) is reportedly ahead of schedule in his rehab and could return to action much sooner than expected.
OTTAWA SUN: Jarome Iginla scored twice to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-2 drubbing of the Ottawa Senators. Bobby Ryan and Mark Stone were the Senators’ goal scorers.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Winnipeg Jets fell 4-1 to the Arizona Coyotes, marking their fourth loss in their last five games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though defenseman Zach Bogosian returned to the lineup for this game, the Jets were still missing defensemen Tobias Enstrom, Jacob Trouba, Mark Stuart and Grant Clitsome, as well as winger Evander Kane. Those injuries are starting to catch up to the Jets.
TORONTO STAR: Dave Feschuk believes the slumping Maple Leafs need peer pressure in the form of an “in-house policeman-in-charge” to hold players accountable.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not a bad idea, though there’s nobody on the roster right now who can fill that role. It has to be a player who everyone in the room respects, maybe even fears a little.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers winger Jordan Eberle has seen an uptick in his goal production, with four in as many games.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The recent drubbing received by the Montreal Canadiens at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning was the latest round in what could be a growing rivalry between the two clubs.
CALGARY SUN: With Flames backup goalie Karri Ramo currently sidelined, goalie Joni Ortio has been called up.