Kings down the Oilers, George Stroumboulopoulos reportedly taking over as HNiC host next season, plus updates on your favorite Canadian NHL teams.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Ben Scrivens 46-save performance couldn’t prevent the Oilers from falling 4-2 to the Los Angeles Kings. Jeff Carter scored twice for the Kings, while Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner tallied for the Oilers.
THE CANADIAN PRESS (VIA FACEOFF.COM): TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports CBC talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos will reportedly take over as the new host of Hockey Night in Canada next season. Long-time host Ron MacLean will remain with the show but in a reduced role.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not sure how well that’s gonna fly with fans of the show. MacLean’s annoying love of puns aside, he’s been a reliable and much-loved host of HNiC since 1987. I daresay he’ll remain as Don Cherry’s long-time foil on “Coach’s Corner”. “Strombo”, as he’s known by his fans, is a very good chat show host and a die-hard hockey fan, but he’ll likely face criticism for lacking the necessary experience to host HNiC.
CALGARY SUN: Flames center Matt Stajan has taken a leave of absence following the recent death of his newborn son.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Stajan and his family.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs are still waiting for Jake Gardiner to blossom into a star like Anaheim’s Cam Fowler.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not every player develops at the same pace. Pushing Gardiner could do more harm than good.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens limp home from their 1-3 western road trip with several key players (Carey Price, Josh Gorges, Brandon Prust) sidelined by injuries.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: So far, so good for Ales Hemsky, who’s fitting in well with the Senators. Hemsky joined the Sens in a deadline day deal with the Edmonton Oilers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Hemsky maintains his new-found chemistry with Senators captain Jason Spezza it could be what they need to clinch a playoff spot. The Senators are currently four points out of playoff contention.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets rookie defenseman Jacob Trouba is earning raves for his poise and skills.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’s definitely among this season’s top rookies.
VANCOUVER SUN: There are no easy games for the struggling Canucks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’re now four points out of playoff contention. If they don’t string some wins together soon, they’ll miss the playoffs.