NHL Canadian Corner – November 16, 2013.

Recaps of games involving Canadian NHL teams, the Canucks re-sign backup goalie Eddie Lack and the Flames try to recover from an ugly loss to the Dallas Stars.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Overcoming a slow start and a 2-0 deficit, the Senators roared back to down the Boston Bruins 4-2. Chris Neil, Jason Spezza, Jared Cowen and Bobby Ryan were the Senators goalscorers, but they lost Ryan in the third period after taking an elbow in the head from Dennis Seidenberg.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Seidenberg could face suspension for that elbow. The seriousness of Ryan’s injury remains unknown.

Dustin Byfuglien scores one of his two goals against the Flyers.

Dustin Byfuglien scores one of his two goals against the Flyers.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets rallied from a 2-1 deficit to down the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2, marking their third straight shootout win. Dustin Byfuglien led the way with two power-play goals.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: David Desharnais finally scored a goal this season, as his shootout tally lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a  3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

TORONTO STAR: Minus their three top centers, the Maple Leafs fell to the Buffalo Sabres 3-1, providing Pat LaFontaine and Ted Nolan with their first victory with the Sabres.

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers lost again, falling to the San Jose Sharks 3-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  I’m getting weary of describing each Oilers loss.  Barring a comeback of historic proportions, the Oilers are already out of playoff contention. The hole they’ve dug themselves is too deep to climb out of.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks yesterday re-signed backup goalie Eddie Lack to a two-year contract worth $2.3 million, with an average cap hit of $1.15 million.

CALGARY SUN:  The Flames will try to move past their recent lopsided loss to the Dallas Stars.


  1. Ive been posting here for weeks now about Edmontons size problems in there top 9 and yesterday JJB commented that they don’t have problems upfront in size Ive alos posted the top 6 weight and height and they average around 185 – 190 but thats actually a stretch ….RNH is only around 175 in mid season as is Eberle and Hall .

    Here is Coach Eakins explaining or hinting to this problem at 1 minute 40 seconds in this post game interview .


    This is on Edmonton Oilers web site.

    Arobello ..Acton… Eberle …Hall…. RNH.. …Hemsky …Yaupov are the yop line players and dont have any size to use … you cant finesse teams with smaller players through 3 lines

    A team like the Blues or Ducks have size in the top 2 lines and use it to impose the style of play they need to do to win ….Oilers cant impose any style of play and loose puck battels in the corners and in front and have only opportunities to score off shots or on the rush …thats a hard thing to do and win !!!

    You have to out muscle players every game to win ! Oilers just aren’t able to do that …they need better size down the middle and why… IMO …..R N H should be the player traded first to try and address that !

    • Very nice analysis BC……size is playing a huge role in Edmonton’s demise.

      Seeing the speculation here about Shea Weber, I think trading Taylor Hall, Hemsky and RNH even for Weber would be a good one. That way, Edmonton could hold onto Klef and Nurse, both players they will need, and make more room for Gagner to play.

    • Ouch this hurts you are absolutely right BC the oilers need size up. More depth at center. RNH will eventually fill out and be a very good centerman. A Sean Monohan would have been a good fit here .

      • LEAF TRADE ….as per TSN .

        TORONTO — Forwards Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz were sent to Toronto on Saturday as the Maple Leafs traded defenceman Jesse Blacker and draft picks to the Anaheim Ducks.

        Holland, a centre, will report to the Maple Leafs and Staubitz has been assigned to the American Hockey League’s Marlies.

        The Ducks receive a 2014 third round pick — it could become a second round pick if certain conditions are met — and Anaheim’s 2014 seventh round pick, which was originally acquired by Toronto in a trade for David Steckel.

        The Maple Leafs need help at centre with the loss of Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland to injury and the three-game suspension of Nazem Kadri.

        Holland, a 22-year-old native of Caledon, Ont., was originally Anaheim’s first choice, 15th overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft. The six-foot-two, 194-pound centre played four games for Anaheim this season, scoring one goal and adding two penalty minutes.

        In 10 games with the AHL’s Norfork Admirals he registered a team leading nine points (five goals, four assists) along with 22 penalty minutes. In 29 career NHL games he has earned five goals, two assists and eight minutes in penalties.

        The 29-year-old Staubitz played six games for Norfolk this season with 10 minutes in penalties. In 230 career NHL games with San Jose, Minnesota, Montreal and Anaheim, the six-foot-one, 207-pound native of Bright’s Grove, Ont., has 10 goals, 11 assists and 520 penalty minutes.

        Blacker played five games for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies this season, collecting one goal and four penalty minutes. He was selected 58th overall by the Leafs in the 2009 Entry Draft.

        • And if you read all of it I said that the problem up front will be worked out with time as they fill out. At their size if they were working out properly, they should all be around 190-210 at their smallest, clearly they don’t have strong strength and conditioning coaches. Further more you would have read that they do still need to add a top 6 forward with size, however their are more pressing needs that need to be addressed first aka defense and goaltening.

          Small people can play with size they just have to have the drive to do it. Conacher, Marchand, Pageau so many small guys in the NHL that play an effective gritty style. It is a myth that you need size to be effective, it is about teaching people to play to their body type and then a little beyond it.

          • I totally agree but you cant have a whole team of all the same type players …they need role players and size upfront not in 5 years …now !

  2. I meant no disrespect. How about Gallagher and St Louis as other good examples. Edmonton has Arcobello and he is leading the team with hits. All we are saying about is height has its advantages as well (leverage and reach ) Mario, Jagr, Chara, and Larry Robinson . What we are saying looking for, is, balance. Simple science /physics.