Daniel Alfredsson shines again in overtime…Oilers lose Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in win over Blackhawks…Canadiens need best players to step up…Injuries taking a toll on Flames…Mike Komisarek and Mike Brown close to returning to Leafs lineup…Eric Fehr struggling with Jets…Sharks down Canucks in a shootout.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson potted another overtime winner, as the Sens rallied to down the New Jersey Devils 3-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Alfredsson has played very well since returning from a concussion earlier in the season, netting 21 points in his last 24 games.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks proved costly, as rookie sensation Ryan Nugent-Hopkins suffered what appears to be a shoulder injury after falling awkwardly into the boards.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There should be further clarification today as to the status of Nugent-Hopkins’ injury. Hopefully,the injury isn’t serious.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The main reason the Canadiens have struggled is their best players haven’t played well.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And unless they reverse that trend, the Habs won’t make the playoffs this season.
CALGARY HERALD: Injuries are taking a toll upon the Flames, who’ve suffered more man-games lost to injury (155) than any other Western Conference team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If that trend continues it could doom their post-season hopes.
TORONTO SUN: Injured Maple Leafs Mike Komisarek and Mike Brown could return to the lineup later this week.
WINNIPEG SUN: Efforts by the Jets to “protect” struggling Eric Fehr may have backfired, as head coach Claude Noel isn’t impressed with Fehr’s play so far, while the club isn’t impressed with Fehr’s unwillingness to speak for himself.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks fell to the San Jose Sharks in a 3-2 shootout.