Updates on Max Pacioretty and Jonas Hiller plus the latst on the Canucks, Senators and Oilers.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty claims he’s feeling better about his performance, which was hampered by a concussion suffered in a late regular-season game. Pacioretty claims he felt improvement over the course of the Canadiens opening-round series against the Ottawa Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s good news for Pacioretty and the Habs, who missed his usually strong two-way play in the Senators series. He’s their best forward and they’ll need him healthy for their upcoming second-round series against either the Tampa Bay Lightning or Detroit Red Wings.
CALGARY SUN/ORANGE COUNTRY REGISTER: The Flames have announced Jonas Hiller will be their starting goaltender against the Anaheim Ducks, who are waiting to find out when their second-round series will open. Hiller is the Ducks’ former starting goalie and he’s keen to face off against them.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hiller’s goaltending was among the reasons the Flames reached the playoffs and eliminated the Vancouver Canucks from the opening round of the 2015 playoffs. No surprise Flames coach Bob Hartley will give him a shot at upsetting his former club.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Alex Burrows sufffered “a fractured rib and dislocated rib cartilage in the aftermath of his Game 3 fight with Calgary Flame defenceman Kris Russell.” Canucks center Brad Richardson will require surgery for a nagging left-ankle injury. Winger Zach Kassian said he won’t require surgery for a season-ending back injury suffered in mid-March.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators coach Dave Cameron proved himself to be NHL material by guiding his club into the playoffs and pushing the Montreal Canadiens to six games in their opening-round series. Senators forward Clarke MacArthur and defenseman Marc Methot played through hip flexor injuries in their series against the Canadiens.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Erie Otters coach Kris Knoblauch claims Edmonton Oilers fans are in for a treat with Connor McDavid, who is expected to be selected by the Oilers with the first-overall pick in this year’s NHL draft.