Canadian Corner – October 20, 2011

In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Roberto Luongo acknowledges fan discontent…Olli Jokinen off to a good start for Flames…Max Pacioretty picks up where he left off last season…Ryan Whitney sore but otherwise fine…Leafs lose two to injury…Jets rookie Mark Scheifele nets his first career NHL goal…Ten reasons to enjoy the Senators rebuilding process.

VANCOUVER SUN: Roberto Luongo acknowledged the Canucks fans razzing of his performance during the Canucks 3-0 loss to the NY Rangers, but he continues to have the support of the coaching staff and his teammates.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luongo’s probably going to keep hearing the razzing throughout this season. Hopefully, he’ll shrug it off and silence his critics, most of whom, while within their rights to be disappointed in Luongo’s meltdown in the Cup Final and to voice their disapproval, are unfairly making him the scapegoat for every Canucks loss now.

CALGARY SUN: Olli Jokinen is off to a good start with the Flames this season, with a five-game point streak heading into tonight’s matchup against the Rangers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jokinen also stopped shaving his head and let his hair grow this season. Maybe he should’ve done that years ago! Whatever the reason, he’s so far playing perhaps his best hockey as a Flame.

Pacioretty's health no longer an issue.

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty has shown no after-effects from the season-ending injuries he suffered last March, as he’s leading the Habs in goals and points to start this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pacioretty’s performance was singled out as a potential area of concern for the Habs entering this season, but after five games, it’s apparent it’s no longer an issue.

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney confessed to being a little sore but otherwise fine following his first game back from an ankle injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers are hopefuly Whitney’s ankle injury problems are behind him, as they’ll need his offensive production from the blueline if they harbor hopes of significant improvement this season.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs lost forwards Colby Armstrong and Clarke MacArthur to injury in last night’s 4-3 shootout victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs have been able so far to adjust to injuries, but losing those two could be significant, especially if they should miss any significant time.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets rookie Mark Scheifele potted his first career NHL goal in his club’s 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’ll have to start scoring more often if he hopes to stick with the club beyond ten games this season.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Wayne Scanlan offers up a tongue-in-cheek list of ten reasons to rejoice over the Senators rebuilding process.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s obvious this season is going to be a painful one for Senators fans as their club attempts to rebuild with youth. Best to look for the positives where they can, because a playoff berth is out of the question this season.

2 Comments

  1. Luongo is going to have to prove himself worthy for the fans to get behind him again. His numbers so far this year have been terrible. Which is not helping his cause.

  2. Luongo is horrible in October and has a stinker or two to prove it. Last year he was perforated by the Wild, 6 goals on something like 18 shots in 15 minutes. Then a game or two later the Hawks put 7 by him. Those two games bloated his GAA for months.
    Let him play, but keep him on a short leash, and if he still sucks it up, the Aqulini (sp?) group should lobby for a buyout period after the next CBA!