Canucks blank the Hurricanes, Senators finally win in a shootout, buzz builds in Calgary over Jarome Iginla’s return, an update on Ilya Bryzgalov, plus the latest on the Jets, Maple Leafs and Canadiens.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Eddie Lack picked up his first career shutout blanking the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0. The Canucks have won five straight and six of their last seven games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After struggling through most of November, the Canucks seem to be better adjusted to coach John Tortorella’s style of game. Scoring remains an issue but defensively they’re improving their play.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Ottawa Senators finally won in a shootout this season, downing the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4. Senators captain Jason Spezza scored the game-winning goal.
CALGARY HERALD: Buzz is building in Calgary among the Flames and their fans as former captain and franchise player Jarome Iginla returns to play his first game in the city since he was traded last season to the Penguins. Iginla is now playing for the Boston Bruins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It should be an emotional night for Iginla and the Flames in tonight’s game against the Bruins in the Saddledome.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov says his concussion/whiplash symptoms are all but gone but there’s no time frame for his return to the lineup.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The city of Winnipeg will host the 2016 Heritage Classic.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Which club would be a good opponent for the Jets? The Edmonton Oilers, in a nod to their days in the WHA? Or the Minnesota Wild, who would be their closest rival?
TORONTO STAR: Trying to understand what’s happened to the Maple Leafs penalty kill and how to fix it.
LA PRESSE: After taking a couple of days to recover from a seven games in 11 nights stretch, the Canadiens returned to a full practice yesterday.