NHL Canadian Corner – December 16, 2013.

Canadiens, Flames and Oilers lose, updates on Ryan Kesler, Robin Lehner and Anthony Peluso, plus the latest on the Maple Leafs.

Jesse Winchester celebrates his goal against the Canadiens.

Jesse Winchester celebrates his goal against the Canadiens.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens offensive struggles continues, falling 2-1 to the Florida Panthers. Habs enforcer George Parros has been sidelined by a concussion suffered in Saturday’s game against the Islanders.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Habs have not dropped three of their last four while their offensive has inexplicably dried up over that period, managing only three goals over this stretch.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames once again failed to hang onto a lead, falling 4-3 in a shootout to the New York Rangers.

EDMONTON SUN:  A solid effort from the Oilers came up short as they fell 3-2 to the Anaheim Ducks.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ryan Kesler is looking like a Selke Trophy candidate this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kesler’s been a key factor in the Canucks recent success. If he can stay healthy, he could indeed be a Selke candidate this season.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators backup Robin Lehner stuck up for starter Craig Anderson, who was yanked from Saturday’s game against the Kings after giving up two goals on only four shots.

WINNIPEG SUN: The NHL has suspended Jets winger Anthony Peluso three games for hitting Dallas Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski from behind.

TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs hope the momentum from their upset win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday  carries over into their upcoming game against the injury-depleted Pittsburgh Penguins.


  1. That HBO special 24/7 road to the winter classic all access was a let down. I thought they were going to get down and dirty. Nope, it was pretty boring watching games I’ve already seen and watching Dion Phaneuf put on a suit.

  2. Another lead blown by the flames, Burkie should get a hair cut and see if their luck changes.

    • You have to wonder if Eakins wasn’t hired by the Oil if Burke would have eventually brought him in?

      • I doubt it, Hartley is doing a very good job imo. Honestly besides some of the young guys that will take some time to grow and Cami thats not a very good team, with mediocre goalies. I didnt think they would be as good as they are, here they are leading games and blowing them, I figured they would be getting blown out of games with the way the west is and thats not really the case at all. I think if this team was in the east they would be fighting for a playoff spot.

        • God Calgary would be right in there fighting in the East. 5 of 8 teams in the East wouldn’t even be in a playoff spot right now in the West. I wish they went back to the old playoff system of having the top 16 teams make it but I guess it wouldn’t be fair when teams from the east don’t play the teams in the west anywhere near the amount they play in their own conference,

          • BTW the Leafs would be in 16th spot in that old playoff system. lol

  3. Anderson stock has to be plummeting, at the beginning of the year I could see the Sens, trading a goalie around the deadline to gear up for a playoff run. Doesn’t look like either of those things will be happening.

  4. Briere should retire.