Playoff previews and news, fallout from the Leafs front-office housecleaning and five takeaways from another lost season for the Oilers.
Playoff previews and news.
LA PRESSE/OTTAWA SUN: The Montreal Canadiens acknowledge they must play better in front of superstar goalie Carey Price. TSN’s Ray Ferraro helps Bruce Garrioch preview the Canadiens-Senators series, predicting the Canadiens will win in six games.
THE VANCOUVER SUN/CALGARY SUN: The Vancouver Canucks are looking forward to their upcoming series against the Calgary Flames. Wes Gilbertson has five burning questions for the Flames as they prepare for their first playoff series since 2009, which includes the Flames’ top line continuing to roll and the need to shut down the Sedin twins.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec must prove his strong late-season performance was no fluke in the upcoming series against the Anaheim Ducks.
TORONTO SUN/TORONTO STAR: In the wake of the Maple Leafs’ front office and coaching staff housecleaning yesterday, Steve Buffery reports team president Brendan Shanahan has career-defining decisions to make. Mark Zwolinski lists the possible candidates for head coach, of which Detroit’s Mike Babcock tops the list, followed by San Jose’s Todd McLellan, former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma and Boston’s Claude Julien.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That list could become clearer in the coming days once McLellan’s and Julien’s statuses are clarified with their current teams. I still have my doubts over Babcock’s availability.
SPORTSNET: Mark Spector breaks down another lost season for the Edmonton Oilers.