In today’s roundup of notable NHL Canadian team news: No suspension for hit on Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson…Jarome Iginla eyeing another high-scoring November…Oilers defense a pleasant surprise…The reason for the Canadiens win on Saturday over the Bruins…Christopher Higgins and Maxime Lapierre teaming up well for the Canucks…Jets still a work in progress…Maple Leafs fall to Senators.
OTTAWA SUN: NY Rangers forward Wojtek Wolski won’t face suspension for his apparent blindside hit on Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson during Saturday’s game between the two clubs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve been supportive of NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan’s efforts so far, but this time, he got it wrong. Here’s hoping Alfredsson didn’t suffer a serious injury.
CALGARY SUN: Flames captain Jarome Iginla hopes he’ll have another high-scoring November. Iginla has been a slow starter through his career but always picks up his offensive pace every November.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla may be in his mid-thirties but so far he’s shown little indication of slowing down. I wouldn’t bet against him having another strong November performance.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: John MacKinnon points out the Oilers stingy defense has been a pleasant surprise so far this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite nagging injuries to Ryan Whitney, their best puck-moving defenseman, the Oilers defense has indeed been a surprise. I’m not sure how long they can keep this up, but so far they’ve proven the naysayers (like me) wrong.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Checking line forwards Christopher Higgins and Maxim Lapierre led by example in the Canucks 7-4 victory over the Washington Capitals, and have been one of the few constants in an otherwise forgettable start to the Canucks season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Higgins and Lapierre seem rejuvenated playing in Vancouver under head coach Alain Vigneault.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets continue to be a work in progress.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs blamed “mental mistakes” for their 3-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens credited playing a better disciplined game for their 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday.