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MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was named the NHL’s first star of the week, going 3-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .963 save percentage and one shutout. Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin was second star and St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko was third.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators winger Bobby Ryan is unconcerned over his early scoring drought, expressing confidence he’ll soon return to form.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Compared to earlier in his career, Ryan’s production has been down since joining the Senators via trade from Anaheim in 2013. His last 30-goal season was 2011-12. Given his big contract, there’s justifiable concern about this among Sens followers.
TORONTO SUN (VIA SLAM HOCKEY): Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock recently spoke with goaltender Jonathan Bernier about improving his game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs have shown improvement in their team play under Babcock, with some players (notably Jake Gardiner) appearing to flourish. Bernier, however, has yet to show he’s about to elevate his game.
THE PROVINCE: Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Prust is still finding his game after undergoing surgery in August to remove a cyst from one of his ankles.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: With veteran forward Matt Hendricks sidelined, the Oilers have called up Andrew Miller from their AHL affiliate.
CALGARY HERALD: Sidelined forwards Sam Bennett and Joe Colborne could return to the lineup tonight against the Washington Capitals.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets have their work cut out for them this season in the very tough Central Division.