Canadian Corner – November 6, 2011.

In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Dustin Byfuglien slow start…Jordan Eberle is Oilers PP point man…Maxim Lapierre prepares to meet Blackhawks pest Dan Carcillo…Canadiens dig early hole in loss to Rangers…Bruins crush Maple Leafs…Sabres beat Senators in shootout.

WINNIPEG SUN: Dustin Byfuglien’s performance thus far this season has been sub-par for the Jets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Byfuglien’s on pace for a 37-point performance. Not bad, but nowhere near the 53-point effort of a year ago. “Big Buff” hasn’t been the force he was last season.

Eberle making his point.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jordan Eberle is earning praise from Oilers head coach Tom Renney for his performance on the point during Oilers power-plays.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eberle has been somewhat overlooked because of the play of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Nikolai Khabibulin, as well as the return of Ryan Smyth, the drama over Linus Omark, the concern over the struggling Magnus Paajarvi, and the injuries plaguing Ryan Whitney, but he’s  second in points and is one of the Oilers clutch performers.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Maxim Lapierre looks forward to facing off against the Chicago Blackhawks today, particularly since new Blackhawk Dan Carcillo made comments this summer about wanting a piece of Lapierre.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Could be another exciting chapter between these two clubs, who have built up an intense rivalry over the past three seasons.

CALGARY SUN: Flames goalie coach Clint Malarchuk felt terrible for backup Henrik Karlsson, who was magnificent with a 42-save effort in a recent 2-1 loss to Buffalo, because he played well enough to win. Malarchuk has high praise for Karlsson and his willingness to learn and improve.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’re grooming Karlsson to one day take over for Miikka Kiprusoff. A few more efforts like that one in Buffalo, and he could put the Flames in a position to seriously consider moving Kiprusoff.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: An early 3-0 deficit was too deep a hole for the Canadiens to climb out of, dropping a 5-3 decision to the NY Rangers on Saturday.

TORONTO SUN: Tyler Seguin had his first career hat trick as the Boston Bruins crushed the Maple Leafs 7-0.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Buffalo Sabres extended the Senators losing streak to three games, defeating the Sens 3-2 in a shootout.


  1. I think when a team lays an egg like the Leafs did last night, I think management owes the crowd their money back and its just too bad that the CBA doesn’t allow management to take that fine, if you will,out the the players pockets as that might help cut down on the occurrences of dogf..k..g on national TV .

  2. @Joey – funny enough that was actually done in a recent English Premier League soccer game. The president of the home team that got thrashed refunded the ticket sales to all ticket holders. If owners wanted to, they could. In this day and age, there seems to be a money back guarantee on virtually everything. Why not in sports?

  3. about that..that’s awesome..well, like you said Alex, MLSE could do that should they choose to, but unfortunately, unless the players themselves were paying the freight, no lesson would be learned.

  4. The Leafs, past practice and all, tend to lose 5 of 6 games against both Boston and Buffalo, while winning 4 of 6 from Ottawa, Montreal etc…that alone is 28 points they won’t get this season…still think they’re going to make the playoffs? I don’t think so