NHL Canadian Corner – April 27, 2014

Canadiens to face the Bruins in the second round, a critique of the Canucks scouting, an update on Oilers forward Mark Arcobello, plus the latest on the Senators and Jets.

For an historic 34th time, the Bruins and Canadiens square off in the NHL playoffs.

For an historic 34th time, the Bruins and Canadiens square off in the NHL playoffs.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens are preparing to meet their second round opponent Boston Bruins, who eliminated the Detroit Red Wings yesterday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the 34 time these two teams have met in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Should be another classic.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Six years after now-former Canucks GM Mike Gillis promised to overhaul the club’s scouting system, nothing of substance has taken place.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That partially explains the Canucks steady decline since advancing to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis examines if Oilers forward Mark Arcobello is close to becoming a full-time NHL player.

OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan suggests Binghamton Senators coach Luke Richardson would be a logical choice to replace Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean if the latter fails to improve the club’s defensive game next season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shows how quiet things are for Ottawa hockey writers when one of them turns to musing about possible replacements for the Senators current head coach.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: As long as hockey fans keep contributing WHA memorabilia (like Jets fans) to the Hockey Hall of Fame, the renegade league will never die.