Canadian Corner – November 18, 2011.

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.

Komisarek sidelined.

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.


  1. Bozak minus 3 last night along with the rest of the top line. How long is it going to take Wilson to realize his pet Bozak is a defensive liability and Connelly isn’t. Let Kessel and Lupul be the offensive threat and Connelly can worry about being a two way center that Bozak has proved he is not. This is just basic hockey folks. Time for a coaching change.

  2. Gotta think the Leafs will make a trade soon with Reimer, Grabovski, MacArthur, Lombardi, Komisarek and Brown all injured. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Burke ends up trading his 1st and 2nd round picks in this years draft for a short term fix up front.

    It’s amazing to me that Ron Wilson continues to dress Dupuis. The guy is completely useless. Scratch him and dress Rosehil and/or Orr. At least they are both great at hitting and fighting and provide the team with some energy. Dupuis just floats around the ice like a fairy and contributes nothing.

  3. The Maple Leafs on the whole are a mess. While it’s true you got 6-7 guys out including Colby Armstrong, its the way the team plays that concerns me. It all just looks dysfunctional and I wish these guys would just shoot the puck at the net instead of all this fancy passing that nobody ever seems to be able to finish off anyways. The annual slide to the bottom is apparently on and if we could only find a way to put Wilson on waivers !

  4. Leafs need to fire Wilson so bad it hurts. On the bright side, Colbourne returns from IR this weekend, which could mean he will be up with TO very soon for a quick look.

  5. Coach Flanders has the Sens playing with confidence, its obvious Clouston couldn’t get through to the vets…

  6. You mean hoddie doodle couldn’t get through to the vets.

  7. Sorry howdie doodie