Jason Spezza urges calm for struggling Senators…Scott Gomez has a dubious anniversary…Leafs defense among league’s highest-scoring…Jets comes up short against Habs…Five subplots this week for the Flames…Oilers face “make-or-break” road trip…Canucks can’t keep winning ugly.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators center Jason Spezza is urging calm as his team struggles through a lengthy losing streak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, it’s been a difficult period for the Senators, but if they string together a few wins over the next couple of weeks, they’ll be ok.
SLAM! SPORTS: Montreal Canadiens forward Scott Gomez reached a dubious milestone yesterday, as it marked one year since he scored his last goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I feel sorry for Gomez, who’s become a subject of ridicule, but the hard reality is he’s just not playing up to his hefty salary, and if there’s an amnesty buyout period at the start of the next CBA, you can bet the Habs won’t hesitate to buy him out.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs defense are the third highest-scoring in the league, its 119 points putting them behind Vancouver and Ottawa.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That offensive improvement from the blueline is one reason the Maple Leafs could make the playoffs for the first time in eight years.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets slumping offense came up short again, shut out by the woeful Montreal Canadiens 3-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a game against a weak opponent the Jets should’ve won. Expect management this summer to shop for offensive depth.
CALGARY SUN: Five subplots facing the Flames this week, including backup Leland Irving getting a second chance, and the need for their first line of Olli Jokinen, Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla to continue cashing in.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers upcoming road trip will be a “make-or-break” one for their fading playoff hopes.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks have been “winning ugly” in recent games, but they need to improve their overall performance.