Recaps of the Senators and Flames games, plus the latest on Ales Hemsky, Mikhail Grabovski, Zach Redmond and more.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored his first NHL goal and Milan Michalek tallied in his return from injury as the Ottawa Senators blanked the New Jersey Devils 2-0, handing the latter their ninth consecutive loss. The win opens a two point cushion for the Senators above the seventh overall NY Islanders, and moves them within one point of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
CALGARY HERALD: Marc Giordano scored in overtime as the Calgary Flames edged the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2. The Coyotes, however, gained a valuable point to move within two points of the eighth overall Detroit Red Wings.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers winger Ales Hemsky is out of the lineup for the next three games with a nagging foot injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That injury would explain the drop-off in Hemsky’s production over that period.
TORONTO SUN: Gastrointestinal issues have plagued Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski, which could explain the decline in his production this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those self-proclaimed “experts” who blamed Grabovski’s decline on laziness or his new contract must be feeling like a bunch of nitwits this morning. Just goes to show whenever a player struggles, there’s more to it than meets the eye.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Zach Redmond, whose season was thought to be over after suffering a badly cut leg in practice earlier this season, has been cleared to resume practice.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Continued best wishes to Redmond on his recovery. Hope he gets back into action soon.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks will face off against the Colorado Avalanche for the last time as Northwest Division rivals tonight. The two clubs will be changing divisions under the league’s realignment plan next season.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs could face off in this year’s playoffs. The last time was in 1979.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That would be probably the highest rated series of this year’s playoffs, unless of course the Leafs or Habs go on to win the Stanley Cup this season.