Updates on Max Pacioretty, Eddie Lack, Jonas Hiller, Mathieu Perreault, Phil Kessel and more in your NHL Canadian Corner. 

 MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty (upper-body injury) participated in practice but isn’t expected to be in the lineup when the Canadiens open their series against the Ottawa Senators.

OTTAWA SUN: The recent passing of Ottawa Senators assistant coach Mark Reeds has provided the Senators with another rallying point. Reeds, 55, succumbed to cancer earlier this week.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Reeds’ family and to the Senators organization. 

Eddie Lack could get the start for the Canucks in Game One of their series against the Flames.

Eddie Lack could get the start for the Canucks in Game One of their series against the Flames.

TSN.CA: It appears backup Eddie Lack will get the start in Game One of the Vancouver Canucks’ opening-round playoff series against the Calgary Flames. Starter Ryan Miller is still trying to regain his form after returning from a knee injury. This will be Lack’s first taste of NHL playoff action.

CALGARY HERALD: Jonas Hiller is expected to be the Flames’ starting goalie for Game One of their upcoming series against the Canucks.

WINNIPEG SUN: The status of center Mathieu Perreault (lower-body injury) remains uncertain as the Jets prepare for their first-round series against the Anaheim Ducks.

TORONTO STAR: Dave Feschuk believes the Maple Leafs need to push Phil Kessel, not push him out the door. Feschuk thinks the time to cash in on Kessel’s cachet as a goalscoring star has come and gone, and it’s in the club’s best interest to retain him and push him to improve his play.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree with much of Feschuk’s points, but I think team president Brendan Shanahan has made up his mind that Kessel must go.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Drafting and developing quality defensemen is the only way the Edmonton Oilers can improve their blueline corps.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Agreed. Trying to acquire a proven top-two defenseman via trade will only cost them young assets. It’s very difficult to lure top free-agent talent to Edmonton, and doing so will cost a boatload of money. Of course, it would help if the Oilers could properly develop young talent. 

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