The Maple Leafs free fall continues…Having dealt away Cody Hodgson, the Canucks still need a second line…Could it be Robin Lehner’s time in Ottawa?…Ondrej Pavelec carrying the Jets playoff hopes…Flames need more intensity…Oilers fall to Blues…Blake Geoffrion continues family tradition in Montreal.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs lost their sixth in a row, their 10th in their last 11 games, falling to the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Incredibly, the Leafs are only four points out of a playoff berth, but if they don’t snap out of this funk soon, the Capitals and Jets will pull away from them.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Having dealt away their fourth-leading scorer in Cody Hodgson on deadline day, the Canucks must find a way to replace him.
OTTAWA SUN: Robin Lehner is making a strong case to stick with the Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A few more performances like his last two, and it’ll be Alex Auld, not Lehner, who gets demoted when Craig Anderson returns from his hand injury.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec has been a workhorse this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’s been the sole measure of consistency for the Jets, and his performance could determine if they make the playoffs this season.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames coach Brent Sutter is calling on his team to play with more intensity if they hope to make the playoffs.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers fell to the St. Louis Blues by a score of 5-2.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Fourth generation Canadien Blake Geoffrion will make his home debut with the Habs tonight against the Minnesota Wild. Geoffrion was acquired from the Nashville Predators in the Hal Gill trade. His great-grandfather was the Habs first superstar, Howie Morenz, and his grandfather was the legendary Bernie “Boom-Boom” Geoffrion.