Game recaps, updates on Evander Kane, P.K. Subban, Chris Phillips and Derek Dorsett, and the Maple Leafs getting in on the Connor McDavid sweepstakes.
CALGARY SUN: Kris Russell, Jiri Hudler and Mason Raymond scored and goalie Jonas Hiller made 28 saves to lead the Calgary Flames to a 3-1 win over the San Jose Sharks. The Flames have won three in a row, eight of their last ten and are tied with the Sharks for second in the Pacific Division.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Marc-Andre Fleury picked up his league-leading seventh shutout of the season as the ittsburgh Penguins blanked the Edmonton Oilers 2-0. . Evgeni Malkin and former Oiler David Perron scored the game’s only goals.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets made Evander Kane a healthy scratch during their recent game in Vancouver for violation of the team’s dress code, as he showed up for a team meeting in sweats rather than a suit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This will almost surely send the Kane trade rumor mill into overdrive. It remains to be seen how Kane and the Jets handle this situation going forward. As the report notes, Kane is apparently playing hurt and could decide to shut it down for the season if he’s miffed over the punishment. If he is nursing an injury it could affect his trade value. GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has shown tremendous patience with Kane. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming days.
LA PRESSE: The NHL has fined Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban $2,000.00 for diving.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m a Subban fan, but even I can admit he needs to stop embellishing to draw penalties.
OTTAWA SUN: Long-time Senators defenseman Chris Phillips will set a franchise record for most games played (1,179) when he takes to the ice tonight against the Washington Capitals.
THE PROVINCE: Canucks enforcer Derek Dorsett leads the NHL this season in fighting majors, but he’s more than just a goon.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs free fall could improve their chances of getting into the Connor McDavid sweepstakes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I recently told one of my friends (who’s a Leafs fan) who noted this possibility, “When wishful thinking is all you’ve got to cling to….”