In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: The Maple Leafs will honor Mats Sundin’s number…Oilers getting stellar goaltending…Senators captain sidelined…Canadiens win their third straight game…Flames Mikael Backlund hopes to return soon…Alex Edler plays major role in Canucks victory over Capitals…Jets shut out against Tampa Bay.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs will honor former captain Mats Sundin’s number 13 on February 11, 2012.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And rightly so! He’s the franchise leader in goals and points, plus assists for a forward.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers have received stellar goaltending from Nikolai Khabibulin and Devan Dubnyk as the club has rolled to its best October performance in ten years.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I still have concerns over the Oilers defensive play and blueline depth, but quality goaltending from Khabibulin and Dubnyk could overcome those deficiencies.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators lost team captain Daniel Alfredsson following an illegal hit to his head by NY Rangers winger Wojtek Wolski during the Senators 5-4 come-from-behind, shootout victory over the Rangers yesterday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully, Alfredsson didn’t suffer a serious head injury. He was forced from the game yesterday, and it remains to be seen how serious this injury could be.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: The Canadiens have seen a significant improvement in their fortunes this past week, winning three straight games, including back-to-back games against the Boston Bruins, to improve their record to 4-5-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’ll quiet the critics for the time being, but they’re not out of the woods yet.
CALGARY SUN: Flames injured center Mikael Backlund is eyeing a mid-November return from pre-season surgery on his left pinkie finger.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Defenseman Alex Edler was the star of the Canucks 7-4 romp last night over the visiting Washington Capitals, potting two goals and an assist.
WINNIPEG SUN: After beating the Philadephia Flyers two nights ago in a wild 9-8 game, the Jets fell 1-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning.