Canucks, Senators and Jets suffer losses in Sunday’s matchups, plus the latest on the Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Flames and Oilers.
VANCOUVER SUN: For the fourth straight game the Canucks scored only once, and for the fourth straight game they lost, falling 2-1 to the Dallas Stars.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks have out-played their opponents in those losses but they just can’t seem to find the back of the net. GM Mike Gillis is believed shopping around for a forward but at this time of year he can only make dollar-for-dollar swaps.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The lethargic-looking Senators fell 4-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets, giving up three power-play goals in the process.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators fired 30 shots against the Jackets while giving up 22, but they weren’t a serious threat to the Jackets for most of this game.
WINNIPEG SUN: Mikko Koivu’s two goals sunk the Jets, who fell to the Minnesota Wild 2-1.
TORONTO SUN: Mike Zeisberger reviews the Maple Leafs performance in the first quarter of this season.
LA PRESSE: The Canadiens are disappointed over their performance – especially their offensive play, through their first 20 games of this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I recently noted, the Canadiens have fallen from fourth overall in goals-per-game last season to 21st this season.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak has five burning questions for the Flames this week, which includes speculation over other moves for the club since bringing in defenseman Ladislav Smid.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect the Flames will shop Mike Cammalleri, Lee Stempniak and Matt Stajan, but those move likely won’t occur until close to the March trade deadline, as it’s difficult to move high-salaries players at this point in the season.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers are hoping their come-from-behind win over the Flames on Saturday will spark improvement in their performance.