Flames snap their home losing skid, Canadiens thumped by the Penguins, five reasons not to get overly excited over the Maple Leafs winning streak, Oilers coach Dallas Eakins hopes not to be fired, Paul Maurice key to the Jets improvement, plus updates on Roberto Luongo and Marc Methot.
CALGARY HERALD: Sean Monahan, Lance Bouma and Matt Stajan scored as the Flames downed the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 for their first home win since December 23.
LA PRESSE: The good news for the Canadiens was Rene Bourque finally scored a goal. The bad news is it was the only goal against the Penguins in a 5-1 loss. Carey Price was yanked from the crease after giving up five goals on 21 shots.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens have been mediocre for a month now, and if Price has a bad game, their weaknesses really come to the fore. At this rate, the Habs could fall out of playoff contention before the Olympic break.
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby lists five reasons why Leafs fans shouldn’t get overly excited over their club’s six-game win streak. Among the reasons is they’re still giving up too many shots-against, relying on their goalies to bail them out. They also lead the league in giveaways.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hornby isn’t trying to be a buzzkill, but rather pointing out the obvious weaknesses plaguing the Leafs this season, which could still threaten their playoff hopes if left unaddressed.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: With the drama which dogged him in recent years now behind him, Roberto Luongo is quietly having one of his best seasons.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’d take Luongo over Price right now as Team Canada’s starting goalie. Luongo is among the reasons the Canucks are in playoff contention this season.
EDMONTON SUN: Dallas Eakins hopes he can avoid becoming the latest Oilers coaching casualty.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One reason why the Oilers suck is they’ve been through five coaches in six years. It’s tough for young players to develop when the coach keeps changing every year.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets star Evander Kane credits new coach Paul Maurice for the club’s recent turnaround in their fortunes.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Marc Methot was unhappy over being a healthy scratch against the Washington Capitals earlier this week.