Canucks trounce the Blue Jackets, Canadiens hang on to be the Capitals, Flames edge the Panthers, Mikhail Grabovski returns to Toronto, Bryan Little become a Jets leader, plus the latest on Senators and Oilers.
VANCOUVER SUN: The reunited Sedin Twins combined for three goals and five points to lead the Canucks to a 6-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the first time in six games the Canucks have scored more than two goals in a game.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens jumped to a 3-0 lead and hung on to down the Washington Capitals 3-2. Travis Moen, David Desharnais and Daniel Briere tallied for the Habs, while Alexander Ovechkin scored both Capitals goals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Is it me, or have we seen this movie too many times from the Canadiens over the past twenty years? Jump out to a big lead, only to either blow it or nearly do so. One of these years, they’ll shock me and actually play well consistently with a big lead.
CALGARY HERALD: Rookie Sean Monahan potted his second game-winning goal of the week as the Flames nipped the Florida Panthers 4-3 in a shootout. Earlier in the day, the Flames acquired winger Lane MacDermid from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a sixth round draft choice. MacDermid was sent to the Flames AHL affiliate in Abbotsford.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Monahan is proving deadly in shootouts for the Flames.
TORONTO SUN: All eyes will be on Washington Capitals forward Mikhail Grabovski, who is making his first trip to Toronto after he was bought out by the Maple Leafs this summer. The Leafs could also have center Tyler Bozak back in the lineup for tonight’s tilt against the Capitals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Following the buyout a very pissed-off Grabovski ripped the Leafs – particularly coach Randy Carlyle – during a radio interview, blaming Carlyle for his reduced playing time and production last season. His return against the Leafs could make for an interesting sub-plot to tonight’s game.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets forward Bryan Little has put last season’s disappointing numbers behind him with 12 goals and 23 points already this season, taking a leading role with the club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jets management caught some flak for re-signing Little to a lucrative five-year contract, but he’s thus far rewarded their faith in him. Little is on-pace for a 71-point season, which would eclipse his career-best of 51 points.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators make their second trip to Detroit to face the Red Wings and the decline in their performance since their previous game is noticeable.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers three-game winning streak has significantly improved their morale.