Reasons Jason Spezza could win the Hart Trophy…Daniel Sedin hopes to improve Canucks shootout performance…Evander Kane leads Jets to victory over Wild…Andrei Markov could shut it down for this season…Jake Gardiner hoping Leafs won’t trade him…Flames fall in OT to Stars…No fretting over Paajarvi’s pass for Oilers.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan lists five reasons why Senators center Jason Spezza could win the Hart Trophy this season, or at least earn a nomination.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I have my doubts Spezza could win the Hart, but if he finishes in the top five in scoring, helping the Senators make the playoffs, he could very well earn himself a nomination.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Daniel Sedin is determined to improve the Canucks shootout record (6-6) this season.
WINNIPEG SUN: Evander Kane scored twice in regulation, then netted the game-winner in a shoot-out, as the Jets edged the Minnesota Wild 4-3.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kane haters will undoubtedly try to find some way to criticize him anyway. Dream up something original, ok? Your baseless “Kane skips out on restaurant bills and gets concussions in bar fights” rumors have run their course.
RDS.CA: Injured Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov might not return to action this season, though his agent declined to say for certain.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Markov and the Habs are smart, they’ll shut him down for this season. No sense rushing back to try and help the Habs in a losing cause. Focus on rehabbing that knee properly, and come back strong next season. This one’s a write-off, for him, and the Canadiens.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs rookie defenseman Jake Gardiner hopes he won’t be traded.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames fell 3-2 in overtime to the Dallas Stars.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The loss drops the Flames two points behind the Coyotes and Kings, who are seventh and eighth respectively in the Western Conference standings.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers coaching staff isn’t holding a pass by Magnus Paajarvi, which led to a game-winning OT goal by the Toronto Maple Leafs, against him.