Canucks down the Coyotes, updates on Carey Price, Andrew Ference and Zach Sill, plus the latest on the Senators, Flames and Jets. 

Daniel Sedin leaps out of the way as teammate Alex Edler scores against the Coyotes.

Daniel Sedin leaps out of the way as teammate Alex Edler scores against the Coyotes.

THE VANCOUVER SUN: Jacob Markstrom made the most of a rare start, making 24 saves backstopping the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Alex Edler scored the game-winning goal for the Canucks, while Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored his 20th goal of the season for Arizona on an end-to-end rush.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens starter Carey Price is on the verge of breaking the club’s single-season wins record (42), currently held by Jacques Plante and Ken Dryden. Price currently has 40 wins on the season.

OTTAWA SUN: With the Boston Bruins loss yesterday to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Ottawa Senators have a chance to vault into a playoff berth with a win tonight against the San Jose Sharks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is the big moment for the surging Senators. The Bruins are in position to be overtaken in the standings. Every game is must-win for the Sens, but this could be their most important game of the season. 

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are oh-so-close to clinching a playoff berth. However, eight of their next 10 games are against playoff contenders, including Montreal, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Jets can win those games against four of the NHL top teams, it’ll provide a much-needed boost of confidence against their other opponents.

CALGARY SUN: Among the Flames’ burning questions this week: Can they hold off the surging Colorado Avalanche and Dallas Stars in the race for a playoff berth? And can they get more production from their second and third lines? 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers captain Andrew Ference recently played his 900th career NHL game.

TORONTO STAR: Recently-acquired Zach Sill is being praised by his Maple Leafs teammates for his toughness and standing up for his teammates.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sill’s playing for a job next season with the Leafs. Given his energetic play, he’s likely earned a spot on the rebuilding Leafs next season.