Jets down the Devils, Leafs blown out by Blue Jackets, Canucks fall to the Kings, Oilers thumped by the Blackhawks, analysis of the Senators woes, the latest on Max Pacioretty and Joe Colborne, plus the NHL announces a 12-year broadcasting deal with Sportsnet and CBC.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Mark Scheifele and Evander Kane snapped their recent scoring droughts as the Winnipeg Jets ended their four-game losing skid with a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: The Toronto Maple Leafs scoring woes continued as they were humiliated 6-0 by the Columbus Blue Jackets. The only high point for the Leafs was Dion Phaneuf leveling Artem Anisimov with a clean hit for which he inexplicably received a penalty.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The game was out of reach at the time of the hit, but Phaneuf still shouldn’t have been penalized for that hit, which knocked Anisimov out of the game with an apparent shoulder injury. It was a clean shoulder-to-shoulder hit.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks suffered another loss, this time falling 3-2 to the Los Angeles Kings on an overtime goal by Anze Kopitar.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Four goals on fourteen shots saw Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk pulled in favor of Ilya Bryzgalov, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Oilers falling 5-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks. It was Byrzgalov’s first action with the Oilers this season, giving up one goal on 12 shots.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps it’s time for Bryzgalov to get his first start with the Oilers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The biggest reason is their poor defensive play, ranking among the league leaders in shots-against this season. They’ve been living dangerously the past couple of seasons and it’s catching up to them this season.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty was named the NHL’s second star of the week, scoring a hat trick and two game winners last week.
CALGARY SUN: Young Flames center Joe Colborne is showing signs of recent improvement.
NHL.COM: The NHL has formally announced a 12-year, $5 billion broadcasting deal with Rogers Communications for all national games in Canada. CBC will still broadcast Hockey Night in Canada for Saturday night games, but that network is now more of a sub-contractor to Rogers Sportsnet. CBC reports there will be job losses as a result, adding this wasn’t the result they were hoping for.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sportsnet will take over creative control of HNiC, with CBC only in a consultant role. HNiC will broadcast the next four Stanley Cup Finals, but after that it’ll be covered by Sportsnet. Ultimately, while CBC gets to keep HNiC, most of the coverage will be on Sportsnet over the next 12 years.