Oilers edge the Wild, Leafs come undone against the Sharks, plus updates on Jason Spezza, Carey Price, Dustin Byfuglien and more.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Viktor Fasth got his first victory with the Oilers backstopping his new club to a 4-3 comeback victory in a shootout against the Minnesota Wild.
TORONTO STAR: Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski enjoyed three-point performances while Tommy Wingels had a Gordie Howe hat trick as the San Jose Sharks thumped the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2. Jake Gardiner scored both Leaf goals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was such a bad game for the Leafs that their biggest hit of the night was Dion Phaneuf missing a hit on Sharks forward Patrick Marleau and plastering instead teammate James van Riemsdyk. It was that kind of game for the Leafs.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Jason Spezza has stepped up his play recently, with 14 points in his last nine games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sens need Spezza at his best if they’re to play their way into a playoff berth.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goalie Carey Price (lower body injury) is improving but won’t be in the lineup tonight when the Habs face the Boston Bruins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best not to rush him back and risk re-aggravating the injury. They need a healthy Price for the upcoming playoffs.
WINNIPEG SUN: Dustin Byfuglien has been a force since being moved from defense to forward.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Byfuglien in my opinion is a better forward than defenseman. Use him on the point on the power-play but otherwise keep him on the wing at even strength.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Has Canucks coach John Tortorella lost his players?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since their 7-4 meltdown against the Islanders there’s speculation the Canucks could fire Tortorella and perhaps even GM Mike Gillis.
CALGARY SUN: Curtis Glencross (high ankle sprain) will make his return to the lineup tonight against the Anaheim Ducks.