Oilers fall to the Blue Jackets in a shootout, updates on Ryan Miller, Nazem Kadri and Paul Maurice, and the latest on the Canadiens, Senators and Flames.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: For the second time in a week, rookie Alex Wennberg scored in a shootout as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeat the Oilers, this time by a score of 4-3. Nail Yakupov, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Derek Roy scored for the Oilers.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators will face the Boston Bruins tonight in a must-win game. Win, and the Senators move to within two points of the Bruins for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. Lose, and they’ll fall six points behind Boston. Senators goalie Andrew Hammond has a chance to make history in this game, as he could set the record for consecutive games giving up two goals or less.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators’ rise and Hammond’s performance have become a genuine late-season feel-good story. I’m not a Senators fan, but I’m enjoying this underdog story so far.
TSN.CA: It will be at least another three weeks before Vancouver Canucks starting goalie Ryan Miller (lower-body injury) can begin skating. That means the earliest he’ll return is during the playoffs, provided the Canucks clinch a berth.
NATIONAL POST: Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri earned another suspension, this time a four-game one from the league for an illegal hit to the head of Oilers forward Matt Fraser.
CALGARY SUN: Winning four of the next seven games might not be enough for the Calgary Flames to keep pace in the increasingly competitive Western Conference playoff race.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Every game matters now for the Flames as they jockey with the LA Kings, Winnipeg Jets, Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild for a playoff berth.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets coach Paul Maurice is blocking out the public debate over whether Ondrej Pavelec or Michael Hutchinson should be the starter down the stretch.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For a while it appeared Hutchinson would be the Jets main man between the pipes, but his recent slump has provided an opportunity for Pavelec, who’s been sharp in the Jets’ last two victories.
LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens hope to continue their recent domination of the Carolina Hurricanes when the two clubs face off tonight in Montreal. The Habs will be going for their fifth straight home victory over the Hurricanes.