Canadiens thump the Jets, plus updates on Mark Stone, Cam Talbot, Jared McCann and more in your NHL Canadian Corner.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/WINNIPEG SUN: Filling in for a sidelined Carey Price, Mike Condon made 18 saves as the Montreal Canadiens downed the Winnipeg Jets 5-1. Tomas Fleischmann and David Desharnais each had three-point performances for the Habs, who learned earlier in the day Price will miss at least one week with a lower-body injury. Jets starter Michael Hutchinson got the hook after giving up two goals in the first three minutes of the second period. Jets center Andrew Copp was a late scratch due to an undisclosed injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lots of buzz following the news of Price’s injury, with some fans suggesting the Canadiens could struggle without their award-winning goalie. Condon’s looked sharp in his four games thus far, but he’ll face a big test this week against Ottawa, the Islanders and Boston later this week.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators winger Mark Stone faces a disciplinary telephone hearing today regarding his hit to the head of Detroit Red Wings forward Landon Ferraro on Saturday.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks have informed rookie forwards Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen they won’t be returned to their junior teams.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to both players, they certainly earned it with their solid play thus far.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers stating goalie Cam Talbot posted lukewarm stats (2.88 GAA, .898 SP) in October, though that can also be attributed to the club’s porous defense.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Talbot’s numbers aren’t great, but he has stabilized the Oilers goaltending. We could see improvement in both his numbers and those of his blueline in the coming weeks.
CALGARY SUN: Can the defense corps improve and what next for the goalie carousel are among the five burning questions facing the Calgary Flames this week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After such a horrible October, this month is critical for the Flames. They cannot afford to fall any deeper into the hole they’ve currently dug for themselves. If they don’t play at least. 500 hockey in November, their playoffs hopes for this season could be dashed.
TORONTO SUN: Tonight’s game between the Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars is a story of two teams going in different directions, as the rebuilding Leafs are mired near the bottom of the league standings, while the Stars are the top team in the Western Conference.