In today’s collection of notable headlines involving Canadian NHL teams, recaps of last night’s games plus updates on the Oilers and Jets.
Ottawa Senators a 3-1 victory over the slumping Detroit Red Wings, who’ve dropped six of their last seven games (1-5-1) after opening the season with three straight wins. Henrik Zetterberg scored the only goal for the Wings.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/CALGARY SUN: Dale Weise tallied a hat trick while backup goalie Mike Condon made 30 saves as the Montreal Canadiens snapped a two-game losing skid with a 6-2 thumping of the hapless Calgary Flames. It’s the worst opening month for the Flames (2-8-1) since 1995-96.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames are a mess right now. Their goaltending is porous, their supposedly deep defense looks confused, they lack secondary scoring punch and they’re among the worst puck-possession teams in the league. If they don’t turn things around soon, they can forget about reaching the playoffs this season.
THE VANCOUVER SUN/THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Backup Richard Bachman made 29 saves while rookie center Jared McCann scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season as the Vancouver Canucks edged the Arizona Coyotes 4-3. A poor start doomed the Coyotes, as goalie Mike Smith got the hook after giving up two goals on the Canucks’ first three shots. Coyotes winger Max Domi scored to collect his 11th point in as many games, putting him second in the NHL rookie scoring race. Earlier in the day, the Canucks learned winger Brandon Prust (ankle injury) will miss four-to-six weeks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: McCann’s performance has almost certainly ensured he won’t be returned to junior before his 10th game of the season on Monday. Quite frankly, the Canucks can’t afford to drop him from their lineup.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/TORONTO STAR: Mats Zuccarello’s hat trick carried the New York Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Rick Nash and Derick Brassard each collected three assists for the Rangers. Joffrey Lupul scored for the Leafs, who welcomed back Tyler Bozak and Jake Gardiner from injuries.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are about to embark on a four-game road trip, which includes two back-to-back games. They’ll then return home for one game, followed by another road trip where they’ll play four games in seven days.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers are finding it challenging to outwork their opponents on a consistent basis.