Game recaps, an update on Johnny Gaudreau and a call for the Oilers to properly develop their prospects.
THE VANCOUVER SUN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Luca Sbisa’s overtime goal snapped his 24-game goalless drought and lifted the Vancouver Canucks over the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 3-2. Jets coach Paul Maurice was mum over his decision to make Vancouver native Evander Kane a healthy scratch in this game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could rev up the Evander Kane trade rumors which had gone dormant over the past couple of months.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens lost to the lowly Buffalo Sabres 3-2, giving the latter a 3-0-1 record in the season series.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For whatever reason the Sabres have the Habs number this season. I think it could be the Canadiens don’t get “up” for games against bottom feeders. They also gave a listless effort over the weekend against the woeful Arizona Coyotes.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators continue to struggle to win consecutive games, falling 2-1 to the New Jersey Devils.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This loss is another blow to the Senators fading playoff hopes. They’re 12 points out of contention.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs suffered their franchise-tying 10th consecutive loss, falling 4-3 to the Nashville Predators. Coach Peter Horachek made the curious decision of putting Jonathan Bernier back in the game after he was treated for a cut to his leg, even though backup James Reimer was playing well filling in for Bernier.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was a stupid decision by Horachek and it cost the Leafs a chance to end their agonizing skid.
CALGARY SUN: Flames rookie Johnny Gaudreau avoided what could have been a serious wrist injury on Monday’s game against the Jets. Gaudreau’s wrist was cut by a skate but fortunately it wasn’t serious and didn’t require stitches.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jason Gregor calls upon Oilers management not to rush prospects like Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse, believing they’ll develop better in the minors rather than being thrust too soon into NHL action.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At least they had the sense to return Draisaitl to junior this season. Seeing how the “old boy’s network” runs the show in Edmonton, I’m not optimistic they’ll follow Gregor’s advice.