Canucks down Coyotes in OT, Avalanche rally to snuff out the Flames, a critique of the Jets “clique”, plus the latest on Carey Price, John-Michael Liles, Patrick Wiercioch and Luke Gazdic.
VANCOUVER SUN: Chris Higgins overtime goal lifted the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
CALGARY HERALD: Defensive breakdowns proved costly to the Flames as they fell 3-2 to the Colorado Avalanche.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless singled out the Jets “clique” of Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Toby Enstrom and Dustin Byfuglien – who moved with the club from Atlanta – for not being more accountable over their inconsistent performance.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lawless believes there’s a lack of veterans in the Jets room who command respect and can push for change. There may be something to his criticism, as a team carrying that much talent shouldn’t be as inconsistent as they’ve been this season.
LA PRESSE: Josh Gorges believes teammate Carey Price is playing the best hockey of his career.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Credit goes to new goalie coach Stephane Waite, who has Price staying on his feet rather than flopping around like a dying seal.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs recall of veteran blueliner John-Michael Liles could have an effect upon their defensive pairings, as well as raises questions about frequent healthy scratch Morgan Rielly.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Liles won’t resolve all the Leafs defensive woes, but he’s a skilled puck-moving defenseman who could provide a lift to their struggling offense, and he’s not as bad in his own zone as his critics believe. At this stage, with the Leafs having lost five of their last six, bringing back Liles can’t hurt.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch hopes for a lift in his performance after scoring his first goal of the season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers tough guy Luke Gazdic was rewarded with power-play time after rushing to the defense of teammate Ryan Jones during the Oilers 8-2 beatdown of the Colorado Avalanche.