Updates on Dion Phaneuf, Sergei Gonchar, Jared Cowen, Ben Chiarot, Karri Ramo and Tyler Pitlick, plus the Canucks plans for replacing sidelined goaltender Ryan Miller.
TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf is hopeful of returning to action this week. He’s missed 12 games to a hand injury.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: With starting goaltender Ryan Miller sidelined by a possible right-knee injury, the Canucks will turn to backup Eddie Lack and call-up Jacob Markstrom to fill the void.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think the Canucks will be okay with Lack and Markstrom. Lack has shown more confidence and improvement this season, while Markstrom’s played well for the Canucks AHL team.
LA PRESSE: Canadiens defenseman Sergei Gonchar returned to practice after missing over a week to an upper-body injury when he was hit from behind by Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson. Gonchar was impressed by defense partner Nathan Beaulieu coming to his defense and fighting Clarkson immediately after the hit.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators defenseman Jared Cowen has been suspended three games for a late hit on Florida Panthers forward Jussi Jokinen.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot has been sidelined until early-April by a hand injury suffered during a fight with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Daniel Winnik.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames backup goalie Karri Ramo isn’t intimidated over the prospect of facing the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden. He also isn’t concerned about the upcoming trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Joni Ortio sidelined for several weeks by a high-ankle sprain, Ramo isn’t going anywhere. The Flames need him to back up Jonas Hiller.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Injured Oilers Tyler Pitlick and Nikita Nikitin have returned to practice.