In today’s roundup of notable NHL Canadian team news: Scott Gomez will move to the wing on the fourth line…Jets head coach unhappy with his team’s performance…Ben Scrivens could become Leafs go-to goalie…Flames call-ups fail to bolster scoring…Canucks fall to Ducks…Oilers shut out by Red Wings…Anderson pulled as Senators fall to Sabres.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Scott Gomez is expected to make his return on left wing of the Canadiens fourth line.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Remains to be seen how long he’ll be playing there.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets head coach Claude Noel wasn’t pleased with his club’s 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers. He feels this team needs to rid itself of the losing culture that surrounded it during their twelve years in Atlanta.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Part of the problem is the numerous coaching changes this team has been through over the past three years, of which the Jets organization in part brought upon themselves by replacing the entire coaching staff when the franchise moved to Winnipeg last summer. Noel is a good coach, but it’s going to take time for the players to adjust.
TORONTO SUN: Terry Koshan suggests the Leafs should make callup goalie Ben Scrivens their go-to guy in goal while starter James Reimer remains sidelined, as regular backup Jonas Gustavsson has been struggling.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At this point the Leafs have little choice. This is now Scrivens’ moment to shine.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames recent additions of young players Mikael Backlund, Paul Byron and TJ Brodie failed to improve their offensive production, as the Flames dropped a 4-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s only one game, but the Flames woes aren’t going to be resolved overnight by the return of Backlund from injury and the additions of call-ups
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks were unable to fully rally from a four-goal deficit, losing to the Anaheim Ducks 4-3.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers dropped their second straight, and their third of their last five games, losing to the Detroit Red Wings 3-0.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators goalie Craig Anderson was yanked after giving up two bad goals in sixteen seconds early in the game, as the Senators lost 5-1 to the Buffalo Sabres.