Game recaps, plus updates on Mark Giordano and Matt Fraser.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Carey Price collected his 10th consecutive road win and Max Pacioretty potted his 30th goal for the second straight season as the Montreal Canadiens downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2. New Habs winger Devante Smith-Pelly led the club in hits (4) with two shots on goal plus a blocked shot.
OTTAWA SUN: Call-up goalie Andrew Hammond collected his fourth straight win and second straight shutout, lifting the Senators to a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t look now, but the Senators are within five points of the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. Hammond has given the Sens life whilst stoking a possible goalie controversy in Ottawa.
TORONTO STAR: After trading David Clarkson to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Maple Leafs downed the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2. Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier made 47 saves for the win.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Is it me, or did the Leafs suddenly improve after their recent trades? I know, it’s only coincidence. Or is it? Just kidding…or am I?…
THE VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks suffered a “careless, uninspired” 6-3 loss to the league-worst Buffalo Sabres.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tough loss, but not the end of the world for the Canucks, who remain in second place in the Pacific Division, three points up on the LA Kings.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets fell 4-3 in a shootout to the St. Louis Blues courtesy of an Alex Steen goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The point earned in that shootout loss has the Jets still holding the first wild-card berth in the Western Conference, three points up on the Minnesota Wild and four ahead of the Calgary Flames.
Latest on the Flames and Oilers.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames are vague as to the extent of captain Mark Giordano’s injury status. Giordano appeared to suffer an injury during the Flames recent win over the New Jersey Devils.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing Giordano could be a serious blow to the Flames playoff hopes. It’s expected more information will be revealed in the next day or two. Cross your fingers it’s nothing serious, Flames fans.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers forward Matt Fraser is struggling to find a spot in the lineup.