Oilers thump the Wild, Flames fall to Blackhawks, plus the latest on Jason Spezza, Kevin Bieksa and more.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Nail Yakupov and Corey Potter each scored twice to power the Oilers to a 6-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.
CALGARY HERALD: In their final game of this season, the Flames fell 3-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester dealt away and Miikka Kiprusoff pondering retirement, it’s going to be an interesting off-season in Calgary.
SPORTSNET: Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean said Jason Spezza (back) isn’t close to returning to action.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe if the Senators reach the second round Spezza could be available, but don’t hold your breath.
VANCOUVER SUN: Defenseman Kevin Bieksa said he’s ready to go if coach Alain Vigneault wants him to play in their season finale against the Oilers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: On the one hand, it would be good for Bieksa to get in a game before the playoffs. On the other, why risk re-injury on a meaningless season-ending game before the playoffs?
MONTREAL GAZETTE: For the Canadiens to have a chance of clinching second overall in the Conference (and avoid a first round match-up against the Toronto Maple Leafs, who’ve owned them in the season series), they must defeat the Leafs tonight.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Habs also need the Boston Bruins to drop their last two games. Don’t see it happening. Get ready for Habs-Leafs in the first round.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Injuries were a factor in the Jets performance this season.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment have named former LA Kings president Tim Leiweke as its new president.