NHL Canadian Corner – November 5, 2013

Jets down the Red Wings, the Maple Leafs to try James van Riemsdyk at center, Senators to lean on Robin Lehner, Sam Gagner trying to find his game, David Desharnais demoted to the Habs fourth line, Canucks send David Booth to the AHL on a conditioning stint, and more on Flames rookie Reto Berra.

Jets' Bryan Little scores against the Red Wings.

Jets’ Bryan Little scores against the Red Wings.

WINNIPEG SUN: Backup goalie Al Montoya made 26 saves while five teammates (Andrew Ladd, Bryan Little, Devin Setoguchi, Mark Scheifele and Michael Frolik) had two-point performances as the Jets doubled up the Detroit Red Wings 4-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Montoya’s performance could result in a bit of a goaltending controversy for the Jets, as he provided his team with clutch goaltending starter Ondrej Pavelec has lately struggled to give them.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: With Dave Bolland and Tyler Bozak sidelined indefinitely, the Toronto Maple Leafs will try winger James van Riemsdyk at center.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leafs GM Dave Nonis is now reportedly shopping for a center. Details later this morning in the “Rumors” section.

OTTAWA SUN: With Craig Anderson currently sidelined with a stiff neck, the Senators will turn to backup Robin Lehner.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fortunately for the Sens, Lehner is a terrific goalie and Anderson isn’t expected out for long.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers center Sam Gagner is struggling to regain his form after returning from a broken jaw.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Getting his strength and conditioning back will take some time.

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien has demoted struggling forward David Desharnais to the fourth line.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks have sent winger David Booth to their AHL affiliate in Utica on a conditioning stint.

CALGARY HERALD: Starting the season in the AHL was an important part of Flames rookie Reto Berra adjusting to the North American pro game. Berra shone in his Flames debut over the weekend, backstopping them to a 3-2 upset of the Chicago Blackhawks.