Canucks down the Bruins, updates on Tyler Myers, Marc Methot and Dale Weise, plus the latest on the Maple Leafs, Flames and Oilers.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Shawn Matthias collected a hat trick to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a convincing 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: The Toronto Maple Leafs are trying to ignore the growing trade rumors as they prepare for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.
LA PRESSE: Canadiens forward Dale Weise acknowledged his team has had some recent difficulties against bottom-feeding teams, but doesn’t feel it’s worrisome. “Look where we are in the standings,” said Weise, pointing out the Habs are in a tie with Tampa Bay for first overall in the Eastern Conference with three games in hand.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I chided the Habs yesterday following their overtime loss to the Oilers for giving away points to beatable opponents this season. However, I have to acknowledge Weise’s point. Hard to complain about the occasional loss to lousy teams when they’re atop the Conference standings and winners of seven of their last 10 games. Puts those losses into the right perspective.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: New Jets defenseman Tyler Myers sat out practice yesterday because of the effects of blocking a Shea Weber slapshot during a recent game against Nashville. He will be in the Jets lineup tonight against the Detroit Red Wings.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames face an important homestand against playoff clubs Vancouver, Boston, Minnesota and Anaheim.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Wild gaining ground on the Flames in the standings, these upcoming games take on considerable significance.
OTTAWA SUN: Marc Methot’s teammates are hoping the veteran Senators blueliner isn’t dealt at the NHL trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s up to Methot and Senators management. If they can’t work out a new contract by deadline day, Methot’s a goner.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers have improved their teamwork under new head coach Todd Nelson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Make no mistake, the Oilers are still a lousy team with too many roster holes, but their play has improved since Nelson took over as head coach. In a season full of so much negativity, their recent improvement under Nelson is a positive sign.