Leafs scoring duo attracting attention…Senators need to do more to help Craig Anderson…Jets coach unhappy over 1-0 loss to Capitals…Canadiens PP woes continue…Flames fall to Lightning in OT…Taylor Hall scores twice in Oilers loss to Coyotes…Mark Messier still looking for money from Canucks.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs offensive tandem of Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul are finding scoring chances more difficult to come by as teams start to key in on them as the season progresses.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s the down side of being scoring stars, especially two of the leading scorers in the league. Teams pay more attention on shutting you down. This’ll be a good test for Kessel and Lupul if they hope to remain among the league’s leading scorers this season.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators head coach Paul MacLean wants his team to play better in front of goalie Craig Anderson. The Senators have lost six of their last eight games.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets coach Claude Noel was furious over his team’s performance in a 1-0 loss to the Washington Capitals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In the past, the Jets/Thrashers might’ve been happy to lose a close game to a divisional rival like the Capitals. Noel, on the other hand, doesn’t appear willing to let his players off the hook.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens power-play still needs work.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’ve improved a little in recent games, but they’re not capitalizing nearly enough.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames fell in overtime 5-4 to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The good news for the Oilers is Taylor Hall scored twice against the Phoenix Coyotes. The bad news is they lost 4-2, and have gone 2-6-1 since November 26.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Failure to improve on that record could push management into the trade market after the holiday trade freeze.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: One-time Canucks captain Mark Messier is pursuing the team over money they allegedly still owe him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s not going to endear Messier to Canucks fans, whose memories of his time in Vancouver are sour.