Canucks shut out the Islanders, updates on Jonathan Bernier, Johnny Gaudreau, Jared Cowen, Nathan Beaulieu and Jordan Oesterle, plus the latest on the Jets.
THE PROVINCE: Backup goalie Eddie Lack stepped in for the injured Ryan Miller to backstop the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-0 win over the New York Islanders. Zack Kassian played with the Sedins for the second straight game and scored one of the Canucks goals. Radim Vrbata and Henrik Sedin enjoyed two-point performances. Miller was injured after a collision in his crease with teammate Jannik Hansen and suffered an apparent leg injury. No word on his status.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A big win for the Canucks over a powerful club, but their playoff hopes could be in jeopardy if Miller remains sidelined for a significant period. It will then be up to Lack and probably call-up Jacob Markstrom to hold the fort.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs will be weighing their options with goaltender Jonathan Bernier down the stretch. He’s a restricted free agent this summer and his play will affect what contract he gets from the Leafs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s been some whispers the Leafs could trade away Bernier at the trade deadline. Given the lack of quality goalies available via trade or free agency this year, they’d be wise to re-sign Bernier, though I expect it’ll be another short-term deal.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames upcoming road trip through the Eastern US is bound to shed a spotlight upon their young American star Johnny Gaudreau.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Jared Cowen could face a suspension for his late hit Saturday on Florida Panthers forward Jussi Jokinen.
LA PRESSE: Canadiens rookie defenseman Nathan Beaulieu continues to play with confidence this season, which in turn is improving his play.
EDMONTON SUN: Rookie defenseman Jordan Oesterle made a good impression in his recent NHL debut.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Tim Campbell examines the final 21 games of the Jets schedule, which will determine their chances of clinching a playoff berth.