NHL Canadian Corner – January 29, 2013.

Recaps of the Vancouver Canucks-LA Kings & Edmonton Oilers-Colorado Avalanche games, plus the latest on Mike Cammalleri, James van Riemsdyk, Mika Zibanejad and more.

LOS ANGELES TIMES/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jeff Carter’s shootout goal lifted the LA Kings to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Carter also scored the Kings’ first goal, which commenced their rally back from a 2-0 deficit. Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo made 26 saves in a losing cause.

EDMONTON JOURNAL/DENVER POST: The Edmonton Oilers scored four times on the power-play and netminder Devan Dubnyk made 37 saves to down the Colorado Avalanche 4-1. Ales Hemsky, Jordan Eberle, Shawn Horcoff and Nail Yakupov tallied for the Oilers, while P.A. Parenteau scored the Avs only goal.

Mike Cammalleri has yet to score for the Flames this season.

Mike Cammalleri has yet to score for the Flames this season.

CALGARY SUN: Flames head coach Bob Hartley claims he’s unconcerned over sniper Mike Cammalleri’s slow start. Cammalleri has no goals and two assists in the Flames opening four games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like captain Jarome Iginla, Cammalleri must find the back of the net more frequently if the Flames hope to reach the playoffs this season.

TORONTO SUN: Injuries to Joffrey Lupul and Clarke MacArthur have forced Leafs coach Randy Carlyle to move James van Riemsdyk on Phil Kessel’s line.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The move could also be to jump-start Kessel’s scoring, as he’s yet to tally a goal this season.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets are anxious for the NHL to go through with their divisional realignment plan. Despite their relocation from Atlanta to Winnipeg in 2011, they’ve remained in the Southeast Division, giving them an arduous travel schedule.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed divisional realignment will take place prior to next season.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens won’t be returning rookies Alexander Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher to their junior clubs. “They’re here because they deserve it”, said head coach Michel Therrien.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Hopefully for the Habs, Galchenyuk and Gallagher continue to develop and improve over the course of this shortened season.

OTTAWA SUN: Mika Zibanejad could finally make his season debut tonight against the Florida Panthers Washington Capitals.


  1. Ottawa is playing Washington tonight FYI

  2. That third line if gally, Chuckie, and Prust has looked better every game. You can see that Galchenyuk has excellent agility and vision despite being 18, plus he’s huge on the ice. Gallagher likes to bang and crash and is always trying to move to the net when the others have the puck. And prust grinds the corners to move the puck to one of the other two, and he punches ppl in the face lol. Those two kids do deserve to be there and their teammates have been signing their praises with regards to work ethic, attitude, and maturity. Plus they have a great example for leadership in that room with Markov, Gorges, and Gio. Good time to keep them up and here’s hoping they continue to progress.

    • Prust is becoming a good signing for the Habs.The Rangers will miss his toughness in the long run.