In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Jets win big over the Capitals…Canucks acknowledge need to work harder this season…Senators defeat Oilers for third straight victory…Oilers lose Cam Barker for longer than expected…Flames top line not playing well defensively…Leafs lose two players to injury in loss to Predators…Canadiens give up four second period goals in loss to Islanders.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets had a strong all round effort as they cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks acknowledge their poor performance this season means they need to put their work boots back on.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Talk is cheap, actions count. The Canucks are a better team than their record indicates.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators won their third straight, downing the Edmonton Oilers 5-2, handing the Oilers their fourth straight loss.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The rebuilding Senators were expected to be among the league’s bottom feeders this season, but so far they’re playing better than .500 hockey and staying in playoff contention. It remains to be seen how long they’ll keep doing so well, but you’ve gotta admit, the Sens have been better than expected.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers defenseman Cam Barker could be out for three months following ankle surgery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers defense is getting whacked hard by injuries, which could push management into the trade market for help.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames top line of Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay and Mikael Backlund must improve their defensive play.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs lost defenseman Mike Komisarek and center Matt Lombardi to injuries in their 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs earlier this week found out they’ll be without center Mikhail Grabovski for at least two weeks. The injuries are starting to pile up in Toronto.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens gave up four goals in the second period en route to a 4-3 loss to the NY Islanders.