Joffrey Lupul on a mission…Milan Michalek looks to regain his scoring touch…Ryan Nugent-Hopkins out with shoulder injury…Rene Bourque in trouble…A call for the Habs ownership to clean house…Jets fill-ins getting the job done…Canucks sputtering power-play.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul is finally putting four years of struggles and injuries behind him, crediting the trade to Toronto as a career-changer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lupul has been amongst the league’s leading scorers for most of this season and isn’t showing signs of slowing down, justifying the faith Brian Burke had in Lupul when he acquired him from Anaheim last season.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward Milan Michalek is trying to regain the scoring form he displayed prior to his concussion injury last month.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Michalek was leading the league in goals when he got hurt. If the Senators hope to remain in the playoff chase, they’ll need him to regain that scoring touch.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers rookie star Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has a shoulder injury, the nature of which has yet to be revealed by the team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully it’s not serious, as this could be a serious blow to their hopes of getting back into the playoff race.
CALGARY HERALD: Winger Rene Bourque undisciplined play against Washington on Tuesday not only has him in the doghouse of head coach Brent Sutter, but could also have him in hot water with the league for his elbow to the head of Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bourque seems to be playing his way off the Flames, or at least he would be if they could find any takers for his $3.33 million per season contract, which has three more seasons after this one left on it.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Jack Todd calls on Canadiens owner Geoff Molson to clean house, including replacing Pierre Gauthier as GM and finding takers for expensive Habs like Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta and Tomas Kaberle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gauthier is probably a goner at season’s end if the Habs miss the playoffs. Good luck moving out those expensive contracts. Seems only the Habs are willing to take on other teams expensive mistakes.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets call-ups have given the club surprising depth without upsetting team chemistry.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks need help to bolster their struggling power-play.