New Canucks dealing with expectations…Dustin Byfuglien a fan favorite in Winnipeg…Senators possible Cup contenders?…Flames rookie Sven Baertschi living the dream…Five reasons the Maple Leafs imploded…Canadiens gain a point in loss to Sabres…Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry continues to improve.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: As the Canucks currently struggle, new Canucks Zach Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani cope with heightened expectations.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien may be camera-shy with the media, but he’s become a fan favourite in Winnipeg.
OTTAWA SUN: Could the Senators become Cup contenders this spring?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whoa! One step at a time. Barring a late collapse, the Senators should clinch a playoff berth, perhaps one in the top four in the Eastern Conference, and appear capable of perhaps winning a round or two, but let’s not start talking about Cup contention right now. Make the playoffs and see who the first round opponents will be, then take it from there.
CALGARY SUN: Rookie Sven Baertschi is living day by day in his call-up with the Flames but is clearly enjoying the ride so far.
TORONTO SUN: Five reasons the Maple Leafs imploded this season. “Because they suck!” is not on the list, Leafs haters.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens earned a point in their 3-2 OT loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
EDMONTON SUN: Defenseman Jeff Petry has been among the few bright spots for the Oilers, showing improvement in nearly every game.