Recaps of the Red Wings-Oilers and Flames-Predators games, updates on Keith Ballard, Jared Tinordi, and the latest on the Senators, Jets and Maple Leafs.
DETROIT NEWS/EDMONTON JOURNAL: Pavel Datsyuk potted the overtime winner to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. The win was costly, however, as Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey suffered a cheek injury after being struck in the face by the puck.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It could be a fractured cheekbone, which could sideline him to the end of the season or longer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win keeps the Flames within striking distance (four points) of a playoff berth. If they should gain ground by month’s end, it could put the kibosh on a possible trade of Jarome Iginla or other roster shakeups by the Flames.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Will defenseman Keith Ballard be in the Canucks lineup when they face the Detroit Red Wings tonight?
LA PRESSE: Jared Tinordi will make his NHL debut today when the Montreal Canadiens face the New Jersey Devils. Michael Ryder has not accompanied the Habs as he’s currently sidelined by an undisclosed lower-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can we now safely say Tomas Kaberle will be bought out of the remaining year of his contract this summer? Rather than putting Kaberle in the lineup, the Habs are resorting to call-ups.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators are closing upon the NHL’s single-season record for most one-goal games.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets will face a critical test when they face the Maple Leafs in Toronto tonight. With a regulation win tonight, the Jets could move ahead of the Leafs in the standings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets have won seven of their last ten, while the Leafs have lost four straight and have slid down the standings. Should be a good game tonight on Hockey Night in Canada!
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment confirmed they’re raising Maple Leafs ticket prices next season by 2.5 percent. The average Leafs ticket price is $124.69, while the average NHL ticket price is $61.01.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can see where the Maple Leafs current stand as per fan cost index at Team Marketing Report. The Leafs already charge the highest average ticket price (by a wide margin) in the NHL. Their fan cost index is a mind-boggling $631.15, well over the league average of $354.82. So, think you’re getting your money’s worth, Leafs fan?