Roberto Luongo adjusting to backup role…Jason Spezza reaches a notable milestone…Max Pacioretty awaits his fate over Letang hit…Magnus Paajarvi could replace Hall…Leafs easily beat Ducks… Shuffled Flames lineup beats Wild…Jets facing a critical homestand.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks starting goalie Roberto Luongo is adjusting to the backup role while his team rides the strong performance of Cory Schneider in goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’ll ride the hot hand for as long as possible, but at some point, Luongo will once again take over the reins. Riding the pine could motivate him to play even better when he returns to action.
OTTAWA SUN: Jason Spezza’s scored twice, one of them his 200th career goal, as the Senators downed the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty will have a telephone conference today with league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan regarding his blindside hit on Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang on Saturday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The automatic assumption is he’ll be suspended, and it’s quite possible he could, but Letang appeared to see Pacioretty coming on the play, Pacioretty apologized to Letang before the end of the game for the hit, and while Letang suffered a broken nose on the play, he returned to action and scored the game-winning goal. Those factors could result in lesser punishment for Pacioretty. We’ll find out later today.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Swedish forward Magnus Paajarvi could get a chance to get his game back on track if he’s tapped to replace injured Taylor Hall on the Oilers top line.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Paajarvi showed considerable promise last season, but has only one point in 19 games this season. If he replaced Hall, this could be his best opportunity to prove his worth.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs dispatched the struggling Anaheim Ducks by a score of 5-2. Former Duck Joffrey Lupul had two assists in the Leafs victory.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames head coach Brent Sutter decision to shake up his forward lines worked, as they downed the Minnesota Wild 5-2.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets commence an important homestand which could have significant bearing on the outcome of this season.