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