In today’s roundup of notable NHL Canadian team news: Miikka Kiprusoff sets a Flames record…An update on Maple Leafs center Tim Connolly…The Canadiens come out flat for their home opener…Jets still have work to do…Cody Hodgson proving himself…Nikita Filatov demoted…Oilers Lennart Petrell makes his NHL debut.
CALGARY HERALD: Miikka Kiprusoff broke Mike Vernon’s record for most victories by a Flames goaltender (263) in the Flames 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kiprusoff is now to be considered the greatest goaltender in Flames history, but Vernon does have one accomplishment which still eludes “Kipper”: he backstopped the Flames to a Stanley Cup.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs center Tim Connolly has no timetable as to when he’ll return from an upper body injury. He’s yet to make his regular season debut with the Leafs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far the Leafs haven’t missed Connolly, whose injury history made him a questionable acquisition by the Leafs this past summer.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens came out flat in their home opener, a 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames. Part of the reason is key players like Andrei Markov and Mike Cammalleri are sidelined.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s little the Habs can do except adjust as best they can and await their return. Cammalleri should return in about a week, but there’s no deadline for Markov’s return.
WINNIPEG SUN: Defensive breakdowns, soft goaltending, lack of execution and spotty physical play have resulted in the Jets dropping their first two regular season games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The glow of the preseason is going to quickly wear off if the Jets continue to play this poorly. They had a 2-0 lead over the Chicago Blackhawks last night but blew it, losing 4-3 due to the ‘Hawks netting four consecutive goals.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Cody Hodgson is proving to be one of the few bright spots in the Canucks slow start to this season.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: As expected, the Senators have demoted Nikita Filatov to the minors.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers rookie Lennart Petrell made his long-awaited NHL debut last night in the Oilers 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild.