Senators clinch playoff berth, Oilers defeat Ducks, Canucks poised to take first overall in the Western Conference, the Maple Leafs are squandering Phil Kessel’s offense, Flames coach pained by team’s failure, Jets stick to the blueprint and Lars Eller continues his improvement.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators capped their surprising performance this season by clinching an unexpected berth in the playoffs with a 5-1 win over the NY Islanders, doing so without Daniel Alfredsson (flu) and Jason Spezza (birth of child).
EDMONTON SUN: In what may have been Teemu Selanne’s final game on Anaheim home ice, the Oilers downed the Ducks 2-1.
VANCOUVER SUN: First overall in the Western Conference is there for the taking for the Vancouver Canucks.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle makes a convincing case on how the Maple Leafs have squander Phil Kessel’s offense. They need not to try to turn him into more of a two-way player, but build their offensive game around him.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames inability to clinch a playoff spot pains head coach Brent Sutter.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Despite missing the playoffs, the Jets front office won’t deviate from their blueprint of building their roster for the long term, with the focus on the draft and player development. Doesn’t sound as though they’re going to be among the bidders for this summer’s top free agents.
LA PRESSE: Canadiens sophomore forward Lars Eller intends to build upon the lessons he’s learned this season, which includes maintaining a high level of competitiveness in every game. Eller recently stated he was sick of the club’s recent losing skid, so he’ll likely use that as motivation for next season to improve.