Game recaps plus updates on Karri Ramo, Ryan Miller, Blake Wheeler, Chris Neil and Carey Price.
EDMONTON JOURNAL/THE DETROIT NEWS: Mark Letestu, Connor McDavid and Teddy Purcell scored to give the Edmonton Oilers a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, marking the Oilers’ first win over the Wings since Dec. 2009. Tomas Tatar scored for the Wings. McDavid’s goal was his first NHL game winner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After dropping their first four games, the Oilers now have three straight wins. McDavid, who had only one point in those four games, now has five in his last three and is moving up in the rookie scoring race.
THE BUFFALO NEWS/TORONTO STAR: Shootout goals by Tyler Ennis and Matt Moulson gave the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, who were playing without Jake Gardiner (undisclosed injury) and Tyler Bozak (upper-body injury).
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames yesterday placed goaltender Karri Ramo on waivers. If he clears, it’s expected he’ll be demoted to their AHL affiliate. Jonas Hiller and Joni Ortio will become the Flames goalie tandem. Ramo went 0-3 with a 4.37 goals-against average and .879 save percentage.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: As the Canucks struggle to score, they’re leaning heavily on goaltender Ryan Miller to bail them out. With a .935 save percentage thus far, Miller has proven up to the task.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They can’t keep relying on Miller to bail them out all season long. At some point, the offense must get going or the Canucks will eventually suffer the consequences.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets winger Blake Wheeler is off to his best start yet in his career, with eight points in six games and sitting among the league’s top-ten scorers.
OTTAWA SUN: Long-time Senators forward Chris Neil will play in his 900th career NHL game tonight against the New Jersey Devils. Only Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Phillips have played more games for the Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Neil, 36, is likely in his final NHL season, as age and the effects of his physical style are catching up with him. Reaching this milestone is a significant achievement. He’s logged a lot of miles and was among the Senators’ key players for years.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and his wife Angela officially announced they’re expecting their first child next spring.