Canadian Corner – December 8, 2011.

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.

 

Neil fuming over Ovechkin spear.

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.

9 Comments

  1. Great to see Armstrong returning to health, he seems to add some upmh to the Leafs line up.

  2. For a tough guy Chris Neil folded fasted then Semin in the playoffs, it was a a good diving call but they also should have called the mild spear from Ovie.

  3. Neil is washed up anyways, who cares what he says, Ovie I dont care for either, cant play two way hockey as its a requirement these days in the NHL.

  4. Byfuglien plays defense???!! I just assumed they invented a new position for him – The Roamer

  5. Did you watch ovi last night? he doesn’t need to play two way hockey. He needs to be fired up and shoot 8 pucks to the net. Last night was a glimmer of how he use to play it was awesome to watch. As a fan of hockey I want to watch ovi in the opposition zone all night long, it’s like watching a tiger in a rabbit pen.

  6. No, Joe Jets! They’ve reinvented the “rover” position for Byfuglien…;)

  7. Glad to have Armstrong back tomorrow, will make for an even more solid 3rd line! Also Armstrong has scored a goal almost everytime he comes back from injury!!

  8. Montreal losing….Yawn!

  9. Of Campoli and Spacek, Spacek will likely have the most impact. He will repalce a young rookie with his experince. That is what happeden earlier in the season and should continue. That said, I do not think Campoli will be a magic cure for the PP, but he certainly won’t hurt.