NHL Canadian Corner – February 4, 2012.

Olli Jokinen credits Big Mac for snapping out of scoring slump…Popgun offense costing Jets…Leafs to start James Reimer against Senators…Senators drop fifth in a row…Canucks call up replacement for ailing Chris Higgins…Struggling Canadiens call on sports psychologist…Oilers getting healthy.


Jokinen credits "Big Mac" for snapping scoring slump.

CALGARY HERALD: Flames center Olli Jokinen took the advice of Wayne Gretzky for snapping out of a slump – eat a burger; in this case, a Big Mac – as he netted the opening goal in the Flames 3-1 win over Chicago.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That doesn’t mean going on a burger diet if you’re a hockey player, but it was merely to divert for one meal away from the usual diet as a means of shaking up the daily routine. Also, Miikka Kiprusoff set the team record for most games played by a goaltender.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: A lack of offense has been killing the Jets, as they fell 2-1 to the Florida Panthers on Friday. The Jets have scored two goals or less in 30 of their 53 games so far this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Jets don’t find a way to improve their offensive game, they can forget about making the playoffs this season.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs will start James Reimer in goal for today’s game against the Ottawa Senators, who come into town having dropped their last five games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A win tonight would put the Leafs only one point behind the Senators in the playoff race.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks have called up Byron Bitz to replace the ailing Chris Higgins for today’s game against Colorado.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The struggling Canadiens are trying to maintain their confidence as their season slips away, including a pre-arranged visit by a sports psychologist.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll take more than a sports psychologist to improve the Canadiens confidence this season.At this point, perhaps Habs fans should start hoping their team loses more games, as that could put them in line for the first overall pick in the 2012 Entry Draft.

EDMONTON SUN: With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins back in the lineup and Tom Gilbert due to return soon, the Oilers will be among the healthiest teams in the league.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers have been wracked by injuries this season, so now we’ll hopefully get to see just how good this team can be with a healthy lineup.


  1. Hey Lyle, since you mentioned the 1st pick next year I was curious as to who you think would be the top three prospects for the upcoming draft?

  2. A sports shrink at this point in the season is only admitting that the team is screwed. Having such a person come in to set the tone for the season is one thing, having this when your clinging to the edge of the toilet ball trying not to get flushed down is akin to stepping on those poor fingers … how much more mismanagement can this team handle? I’d suggest none and that the only positive message they can send to the players is to trade the UFAs that don’t figure into next year, relieve RC of his duties now, and fire PG.

  3. Olli is not the first to discover the magical powers of the burger, Tim Thomas’ routine includes a cheeseburger the day before a start. Hopefully they stay away from Mickey D’s and hit up a local diner where the quality of the meat has to be better.

    Will the sports psych convince Moulson that he has the wrong GM?

  4. Habs need big scoring forwards. Grigorenko or Gaunce fit that bill. Yakupov is smaller but has barrels of talent, though I’d be concerned over his knee injury. Forsberg is another with potential.

  5. @ SmielmaN I was at the top prospects game and skills comp, and daniil zharkov looked fantastic, big guy nice hands and a good skater. Griffin Reinhart (d) also looked great. If I was the oilers I’d go for him.

  6. Lyle ,do you think there will be a reporter out there brazen enough to find out what Ollie next pregame meal might be?