NHL Canadian Corner – February 25, 2014

Check out the latest on Carey Price, Ryan Kesler, Ben Scrivens and Reto Berra, plus updates on the Maple Leafs, Senators and Jets.

Canadiens goalie Carey Price shows off his Olympic gold medal.

Canadiens goalie Carey Price shows off his Olympic gold medal.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is taking some time to unwind after backstopping Team Canada to Olympic gold.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Price silenced his critics with his solid performance for Canada in the Olympic tournament. He must now gear up to carry the Canadiens into the playoffs.

THE GLOBE & MAIL: James Mirtle believes the Toronto Maple Leafs must take advantage of having a healthy and fully rested roster following the Olympic break.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks center Ryan Kesler will have an MRI done on his injured hand after blocking an Ilya Kovalchuk shot during Team USA’s victory over Russia in the Olympic preliminary. Kesler continued to play through the tournament.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Kesler’s out for any length of time, or if he can still play but his injury hampers his performance, it could sound the death knell for the Canucks playoff hopes.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators believe they need 31 more points to clinch a playoff spot.

WINNIPEG SUN: Kirk Penton with an interesting breakdown of Jets players who step up down the stretch and those who step back. Among those who step up are Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler, while Dustin Byfuglien and Evander Kane are among those who step back.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Jets are to make the playoffs they need the former to maintain that trend while those in the latter must improve.

EDMONTON SUN: Ben Scrivens could be part of the Oilers long-term future.

CALGARY HERALD: Goaltender Reto Berra’s performance down the stretch could determine if he gets a contract extension.