In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Scott Gomez on his scoring woes…Flames inconsistency threatening their season…Jets average first quarter…Oilers on the road following big win over Chicago…Christopher Higgins pots OTs winner for Canucks over Senators…Hurricanes edge Leafs.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens center Scott Gomez find his current goalless drought “surreal”. His last goal came 47 games ago.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gomez was always a playmaker more than a goal-scorer, but his current drought is troubling.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames inconsistency threatens to sink their season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This really shouldn’t be surprising, since this is pretty much the same Flames team which struggled throughout last season.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets rate a “C” after their first 20 games, but are showing recent signs of improvement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I noted yesterday, the Jets appear to be finally adjusting to their new coaching staff as well as their new city. The next twenty games should determine what type of season the Jets will have.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers begin their road trip on a high note, having thumped the Chicago Blackhawks at home on Saturday by a score of 9-2.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Christopher Higgins OT goal lifted the Canucks to a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. Canucks goalie Cory Schneider had 28 saves in the
loss win and bailed out his teammates more than once.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tough loss for the Senators, but they should still be encouraged by their effort.
TORONTO SUN: Phil Kessel’s two goals weren’t enough for his Maple Leafs, who were edge 3-2 by the Carolina Hurricanes.