The Maple Leafs down the New Jersey Devils, plus the latest on Jordan Eberle, Max Pacioretty, Ondrej Pavelec, Brian McGratton and more.
TORONTO STAR/NJ.COM: Nazem Kadri and Clarke MacArthur had two-point performances to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-2 win over the struggling New Jersey Devils, handing the latter their fifth straight loss. Kadri and MacArthur each have points in five straight games. Marek Zidlicky scored both Devils goals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s obvious the Devils miss goaltender Martin Brodeur, who remains sidelined with a back injury.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall will be game-day decisions for Tuesday’s tilt against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Max Pacioretty has been on fire offensively of late, with eight goals and four assists in his last eight games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pacioretty’s hot streak coincides with the Habs going 8-0-3 in their last 11 games.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec would like to play every one of the club’s remaining games, but coach Claude Noel plans to get backup Al Montoya into some games later this month.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks GM Mike Gillis is concerned over his club’s recent lack of consistency.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That isn’t going to prompt Gillis into trading Roberto Luongo. He’ll continue to await the right offer.
CALGARY SUN: New Flames enforcer Brian McGrattan has been providing a helping hand to NHL players seeking help in overcoming substance abuse. McGrattan, an alcoholic, has been clean for four years now.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good on McGrattan, who’s turned his life around, helping others do the same.
OTTAWA SUN: Defenseman Andre Benoit won’t be returned to the Senators farm team.