NHL Canadian Corner – April 20, 2013.

Miikka Kiprusoff gets a win in his possible swan song at the Saddledome, plus the latest on Jordan Eberle, Erik Karlsson, Yannick Weber and more.

CALGARY SUN: In what may be his last home game with the Flames, goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves as the Flames downed the Anaheim Ducks 3-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Flames fans gave “Kipper” a nice sendoff with a standing ovation toward the end of the game and chanting his nickname. Fittingly, he was the game’s first star. Kiprusoff is expected to retire following this season.

Jordan Eberle scores against the Avalanche on Friday.

Jordan Eberle scores against the Avalanche on Friday.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jordan Eberle had a goal and two assists as the Oilers snapped a six-game losing skid by beating the Colorado Avalanche 4-1.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson practiced with his teammates on Friday and is expected to return in time for the playoffs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karlsson’s recovery from what was supposed to be a season-ending Achilles tendon injury has been astounding.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle explains how the Toronto Maple Leafs could still miss the playoffs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Booga-booga, Leafs fans!

WINNIPEG SUN: Paul Friesen wonders if the Jets current winning streak comes a little too late to secure a playoff berth.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the Rangers recent surge, the Jets must keep winning to keep those hopes alive.

VANCOUVER SUN: Elliott Pap examines five crucial issues facing the Canucks as they enter the playoffs.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Little-used defenseman Yannick Weber played a crucial role in the Canadiens win over Tampa Bay on Thursday.


  1. Mirtle is the troll of the mainstream Toronto media. He always claims to be just saying what “the stats are”, but for some reason doesnt seem to notice that hes picking which stats to rely on. If the Leafs dont make the playoffs, they suck. If the Leafs do make the playoffs, well they shouldnt have, because they suck.

  2. Agreed on mirtle aka Debbie downer.

  3. Well James Mirtie, the Leafs won tonight in Ottawa and thereby clinched a playoff spot so I have 2 words for you and your pessimism.One starts with F and the other ends with F and I’ll let you use your imagination to figure out the missing letters. Congratulations Maple Leafs and they’re long suffering fans as the post season does await you for the first time in a very long time. Hopefully the stay will be greater than 4 games

  4. Mirtle not that bad. I think his words are backed up by the stats he presents, not to say his stats are a perfect picture but he is a lot closer than most writers and yes like all writers, you have to write for page views, even if it means going out on a limb and pick unpopular stances. Lets face it, I would rather read Mirtle than almost anyone else…he’s no Freiman but he’s definitely no Cox, Burger or Simmonds.