It’s a confusing time for Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn…Jets winger Blake Wheeler has a big night against his former team…Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais carry Canadiens to rare shoot-out win… Flames Mike Cammalleri fitting in at center…Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard sidelined beyond the trade deadline…Devan Dubnyk shaky in goal as Oilers fall to Avalanche…Senators learning to be more scrappy.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn was a surprise scratch against the Edmonton Oilers, fueling rumors he could be dealt, while coach Ron Wilson said he wants Schenn to be more physical, adding Schenn was merely scratched to allow other blueliners a chance to play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Meanwhile, the trade watch on Schenn persists, linking him to Philadelphia (James van Riemsdyk) and Columbus (Rick Nash and/or Jeff Carter).
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets winger Blake Wheeler had a three-point night against his former team, as Winnipeg downed the Boston Bruins 4-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Jets hope to make the playoffs, they’ll need more performances like this from Wheeler in the coming weeks.
LA PRESSE: Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais carried the Canadiens to a rare shoot-out win, edging the Buffalo Sabres 4-3.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pacioretty and Desharnais have been among the few bright spots in an otherwise crappy season for the Habs, providing a measure of optimism for Canadiens fans looking ahead to next season.
CALGARY HERALD: Mike Cammalleri is settling in comfortably at center for the Flames. Cammalleri last played center in his early NHL days with the LA Kings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Remains to be seen how long and how well he’ll perform there, but as the piece noted, he could fill that much need second line center role for the Flames.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Defenseman Keith Ballard will be out of the Canucks lineup with a suspected neck injury until March 1st at the earliest.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Devan Dubnyk was shaky between the pipes as the Oilers fell 3-1 to the Colorado Avalanche.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators employ a “fight coach” to help some of their players learn how to handle themselves if they have to engage in a hockey fight.