NHL Canadian Corner – January 27, 2014

Canucks overcome the Coyotes, Jets beat the Blackhawks, Oilers down the Predators, James van Riemsdyk poised to break a personal milestone, plus the latest on the Canadiens, Senators and Flames.

Kevin Bieksa (left) celebrates his winning goal against the Coyotes.

Kevin Bieksa (left) celebrates his winning goal against the Coyotes.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Kevin Bieksa scored twice, including in overtime, as the Canucks (after blowing two 2-goal leads) edged the Phoenix Coyotes 5-4.

WINNIPEG SUN: Blake Wheeler scored twice and Al Montoya made 34 saves as the Jets overcame a 1-0 deficit to upset the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1. Since their coaching change, the Jets have won six of their last seven games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Two of those wins came against two of the best teams in the league in the Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks. That has to build up their confidence going forward.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Ben Scrivens got his first win as the Oilers trounced the Nashville Predators 5-1. Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins enjoyed two-point performances.

TORONTO SUN: With 40 points this season, Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk is poised to break his personal single-season high for points.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Dave Stubbs reports the heat is on the Canadiens after their 5-0 drubbing at the hands of the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators are preparing for a big upcoming game against the surging Columbus Blue Jackets.

CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak examines the strides the Flames have made in the first 100 games under coach Bob Hartley.


  1. Good for the Jets, everyone said a coaching change wouldn’t help but hard to argue their success right now. Hope they keep the momentum going as to be honest I thought they would falter even more under Maurice.

    • Give Maurice time. He will screw it up eventually. It’s still the honeymoon stage

  2. Just a note but as hard as it to believe JVRs approach his seasons best points total, 41, I think it’s worth noting that the past 100 games, he’s scored 70pts.

  3. Question … With the 2 or so weeks off for the Olympics do teams still get to practice with coaches or is this considered kinda like the lock out where they can’t … Could be an advantage for teams with not a lot of guys going to adjust or reimplement systems