Chris Neil upset over spear from Alexander Ovechkin…Canucks lose David Booth for 4-6 weeks…Dustin Byfuglien simplifying his defensive game…Colby Armstrong’s return to the Leafs imminent…Flames lose Henrik Karlsson six-to-eight weeks…Oilers playing uninspired hockey…Canadiens seeks solutions for sluggish power-play.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward Chris Neil was fuming over getting “pitchforked” by Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin, but adding insult to injury was Neil was called for diving on the play!
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whether or not Ovechkin’s spear was intentional or accidental, it was a penalty the officials missed, but calling Neil for diving just compounded the error. It’s been suggested Neil got screwed by the officials because of his pesky reputation, but I believe it was just a case of poor officiating.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks winger David Booth will miss four-six weeks to a knee injury following a knee-on-knee hit by Colorado Avalanche forward Kevin Porter.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Porter will have a hearing today with league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, and could face a suspension as a result.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien has simplified and improved his defensive play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Credit goes to defense coach Charlie Huddy.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Colby Armstrong is expected to make his return this Friday against the Washington Capitals. Armstrong’s been sidelined since October 19th to a high ankle sprain.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames backup goalie Henrik Karlsson will miss six-to-eight weeks to an MCL tear in his right knee.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been a tough season for Karlsson so far, as prior to his injury he’d yet to win any of the few starts he’d received.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers are playing listless, uninspired hockey, going 1-4-1 in their last six games.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens are trying to find solutions to bolster their once-potent power-play, which is currently 26th overall.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Habs miss Andrei Markov’s skills, and they let hard-shooting James Wisniewski walk to free agency last summer. Perhaps the imminent return of Jaroslav Spacek and Chris Campoli might provide an additional spark from the blueline.