Game recaps, plus updates on Radim Vrbata, Jeff Petry, Connor McDavid, Kyle Turris and more in your NHL Canadian Corner.
TORONTO SUN/MLIVE.COM: Justin Abdelkader tallied a hat trick and Dylan Larkin collected his first NHL goal and assist as the Detroit Red Wings blanked the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0. Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier got the hook after giving up three goals on nine shots.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hunker down, Leafs fans, it’s going to be a long, painful season. Ultimately, it’s necessary if they’re to rebuild properly.
WINNIPEG SUN: Second period goals by Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd gave the Winnipeg Jets a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Veteran winger Radim Vrbata likes skating alongside swift young linemates Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If they can mesh well over the course of the season, they’ll provide the Canucks with much-needed second-line scoring depth.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Among the main reasons defenseman Jeff Petry opted to sign with the Canadiens is his wife loves Montreal.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators center Kyle Turris is hoping to be a consistent performer for the club this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Turris has made steady improvement since joining the Senators. If he stays healthy, he could reach career-highs in goals and points this season.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers rookie Connor McDavid’s faceoff skills need work.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames wasted little time reuniting the checking line of Micheal Ferland, Matt Stajan and David Jones which worked so effectively in last spring’s playoffs.