Recaps of the Wild-Canucks and Stars-Flames games, plus the latest on Mikhail Grabovski, Jakob Silfverberg, Justin Schultz, Alexander Galchenyuk & more.
STARTRIBUNE.COM/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: In what could be the last divisional game between the Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks, the Wild downed the Canucks 3-1. Charlie Coyle potted the game-winning goal for the Wild early in the third period.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Divisional realignment kicks in next season, which sees the Wild moving into a more central division, while the Canucks will be groupted with teams closer to the Pacific coast.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski is in the dog house of coach Randy Carlyle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Leafs fans are blaming Carlyle for Grabovski’s struggles this season, believing he’s being used in the wrong role.Whatever the reason, Grabovski’s decline this season isn’t helping the Leafs’ efforts to clinch a playoff berth.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers are taking steps to ensure they don’t burn out rookie blueliner Justin Schultz.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators rookie Jakob Silfverberg is turning heads with his lethal shot and solid two-way player.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Silfverberg has really stepped up his play over the past couple of weeks, and his wrister is nearly as wicked as that of Colorado Avalanche great Joe Sakic. He’s among several reasons the injury-ravaged Senators remain in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff chase.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Don’t expect Canadiens rookie Alexander Galchenyuk to suffer the same fate as Buffalo Sabres forward Mikhail Grigorenko, who was recently demoted back to his Junior A team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Galchenyuk’s been a valuable addition to the Habs this season. He’s earned his roster spot.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff wasn’t impressed by speculation he worried over the development of prospect Mark Scheifele, who failed to stick with the club for the second straight season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t blame Cheveldayoff for being pissed about those rumors. Scheifele only just turned 20, and some players take a little longer than others to develop. Worry about him in a couple of years if he hasn’t earned a regular roster spot by that point.