Jets suffer letdown loss against Hurricanes…Flames fall to Blue Jackets in shootout…Coyotes edge Oilers…Canucks must improve their defensive game…Senators must work on their power-play…Maple Leafs getting a new attitude…Canadiens future half-empty or half-full?
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets let a golden opportunity to move into a tie with Washington for eighth overall in the East slip through their fingers, falling 4-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes. Jets forward Nik Antropov left the game with an injury, while defenseman Zach Bogosian could face suspension for a hit on Andreas Nodl.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames playoff hopes took a hit as they fell in a shootout to the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1. Quite frankly, the Flames shouldn’t have lost this game, which once again highlight their lack of offensive depth.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers blew a 2-0 lead and lost in a shootout to a desperate Phoenix Coyotes team which is battling for a playoff berth.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks need to get their defensive game in order.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators need to improve their power-play, which has recently slipped from seventh to 11th overall.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs are adopting a “one-for-all” attitude. They’re going to need it, if for nothing else, to protect themselves from the barbs of the media who’ll be criticizing them over their remaining games.
LA PRESSE; Pierre Ladouceur points out to those feeling optimistic over the Habs future that this club still has underachieving players like Tomas Kaberle, Scott Gomez and Rene Bourque eating up valuable cap space.