The Oilers down the Blue Jackets, the Canucks third line showing offensive potential, the Senators must take the initiative to clinch a playoff berth, the Flames could need a miracle to make the playoffs, several factors contributing to Jets stumbles down the stretch, the Maple Leafs are on the verge of elimination from the playoff race, and big changes could be coming this summer for the Canadiens.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers scored four goals in a nine-minute span, downing the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks third line, particularly Samuel Pahlsson and Chris Higgins, are showing offensive potential.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators 8-4 win on Saturday over Pittsburgh provided a much-needed boost of confidence for the Senators, who’d been struggling leading up to that game.
CALGARY HERALD: It could take a miracle for the Flames to clinch a playoff berth. Though the Flames are only three points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with six games remaining, they have to leapfrog Colorado, San Jose and Los Angeles, and would have to win every one of their remaining games to have a realistic shot.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Poor play on the road, a lousy record (1-11) in back-to-back games, fatigue among key players like Ondrej Pavelec, Dustin Byfuglien and Toby Enstrom, plus a lack of mental toughness and top-end talent are contributing to the Jets recent slide in the standings. Like the Flames, the Jets will have to run the table if they hope to secure a playoff berth.
TORONTO SUN: A regulation loss on Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes will eliminate the Maple Leafs from the playoff race.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Expect management and coaching changes in the off-season for the Canadiens.