NHL Canadian Corner – February 15, 2012.

Jason Spezza leads Senators over Lightning…Oilers GM not concerned over Ryan Nugent-Hopkins shoulder injuries…Cody Hodgson still seeing limited ice time…Flames top scorers come through against Maple Leafs, who drop their fourth straight game…Jets lacking offensive punch…Scott Gomez gets in spat with assistant coach.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators center Jason Spezza factored in all four Senators goals (3 goals, one assist) carrying his club to a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Oilers GM unconcerned over Nugent-Hopkins shoulder injuries.

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers GM Steve Tambellini believes injuries this season to rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were due more to bad luck than to the youngster being brittle.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, he’s suffered two shoulder injuries, but it’s too early to start panicking that he’s going to have “shoulder problems” for the rest of his career.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks rookie Cody Hodgson continues to see inconsistent ice time.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This shouldn’t be surprising, as Canucks coach Alain Vigneault has a reputation for bringing along rookies slowly into his lineup.Expect Hodgson to eventually see more ice time in the near future.

CALGARY HERALD/TORONTO SUN: The Flames handed the Maple Leafs their fourth straight loss, as Calgary’s top trio of Olli Jokinen, Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla carried their club to a 5-1 victory.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win has the Flames within one point of eighth overall, while the Leafs cling to eighth in the East by one point over the Capitals. It also keeps the Montreal Canadiens slim playoff hopes alive, as they remain 7 points behind the Leafs.

WINNIPEG SUN: A lack of offensive punch resulted in another Jets loss, this time 3-1 to the NY Islanders.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jets management are expected to address the issue, but not until the off-season, as they don’t want to part with assets for a rental player.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Struggling Canadiens center Scott Gomez got into a shouting match with assistant coach Randy Ladouceur during practice drills yesterday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This isn’t the first time Ladouceur has chewed out a player this season. He recently tore defenseman PK Subban a new one for repeatedly screwing up in practice.

6 Comments

  1. For the Leafs, the slide is on…as the song goes..HERE COMES THE SLIDE..THERE GOES THE PRIDE

  2. Gomez just needs to hang em’ up, he’s not an effective scorer anymore, and I’m not sure if he can be a shut down forward either. Retirement or europe?

  3. The Leafs have been blessed with the good fortune that most of the chasing teams teams in the east are playing .500 hockey. They might get in this year by sheer luck rather than rising to the occasion.

  4. Will Colbey Armstrong play tonight

  5. There’s 7.3 million reasons to yell at Gomez.

  6. Gomez might consider hanging them up once his contract is up. Until then he is not walking away from his Millions