Canadiens drop another in extra time, updates on Ryan Miller, Dustin Byfuglien, Patrick Wiercioch and Sam Bennett, plus the latest on the Oilers and Maple Leafs.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The slumping Canadiens dropped a 3-2 decision in a shootout to the New Jersey Devils. The Habs are two points ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning for first in the Atlantic Division. Both clubs have three games left in the season.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller (MCL tear, right knee) has returned to practice but it remains to be seen when he’ll return to action.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets coach Paul Maurice has accepted the league’s decision to suspend Dustin Byfuglien for four games for a crosscheck to the neck of New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller. Maurice also feels Byfuglien doesn’t owe his teammates an apology, but expects the blueliner to be at his best when he returns from suspension, which will be the club’s final game of the season.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators decision not to trade defenseman Patrick Wiercioch could be one of the best moves they’ve made this season.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames have called up promising forward Sam Bennett for the remainder of the regular season.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers are hoping to spoil the Flames playoff hopes when the two clubs face off tonight in Edmonton.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs should embrace the role of playoff spoiler as they face the Boston Bruins tonight and the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.