Canadian Corner – October 26, 2011

In today’s roundup of notable news from Canadian based NHL teams: Roberto Luongo the goat again in another Canucks loss…Canadiens lose Max Pacioretty to injury…How will Tim Connolly’s return affect the Leafs roster?…Craig Anderson shines in Senators win over Hurricanes…Anton Babchuk still waiting to play…Magnus Paajarvi could be struggling in his sophomore season…Jets to face tougher opposition.

VANCOUVER SUN: Roberto Luongo was pulled after giving up three goals on fourteen shots, as the Canucks fell to the Edmonton Oilers by a score of 3-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another bad outing for the usually slow-starting Luongo, who soon will round into his usually strong mid-season form, but it won’t silence the boo-birds in Vancouver.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Montreal Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty didn’t suffer a broken wrist against the Florida Panthers Monday night, but did suffer ligament damage, which won’t require surgery, but has the potential to sideline him for a lengthy period.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another serious blow for the floundering Habs, as Pacioretty was their leading scorer and best forward thus far this season.

Connolly debut with Leafs coming soon.

TORONTO SUN: Looks at how the Leafs might shuffle up their forward lines once Tim Connolly finally returns to action.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m more interested in how long it takes Connolly to round into game shape, and the impact he’ll have upon the Leafs top line.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators goalie Craig Anderson was the difference for his team, backstopping them to a 3-2 shootout victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, improving the Senators record to 4-5.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It wasn’t that long ago a 4-5 start would’ve elicited considerable grumbling among Ottawa fans and media. Given the Senators are in the midst of a serious rebuild, this is a better than anticipated record.

CALGARY HERALD: Defenseman Anton Babchuk has been a healthy scratch in five games this season, and continues to wait for his opportunity to return full time to the Flames blueline.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With some teams currently searching for blueline help, Babchuk might become trade bait if he doesn’t see more action with the Flames.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Young Oilers forward Magnus Paajarvi is struggling early in his sophomore campaign.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets will face tougher competition over their next seven games, as their opponents all have records over .500.

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  1. Pacioretty will be a game time decision, according to HockeyInsideOut.