Five things to watch in today’s Canada-USA semifinal, plus updates on the seven Canadian NHL teams as they return to practice.
CBC.CA: Mike Brophy lists five things to look for in today’s Canada-USA semifinal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The big question: Will Canada get more from their offense? Because if they don’t, they’ll be playing for bronze on Saturday while the Americans play for gold on Sunday.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs center Dave Bolland could be ready to return in the Leafs first post-Olympics game on February 26.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If so the Leafs might not have to go shopping for depth at forward by the trade deadline.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk (broken right hand) has returned to practice with the Canadiens and should be close to returning to the lineup.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks forward David Booth is hoping for a strong finish to this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks need Booth to regain his scoring touch if they’re to remain in playoff contention.
CALGARY SUN: Flames center Mikael Backlund hopes to pick up where he left off before the Olympic break, when he was among the club’s best players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe Backlund’s performance over the past couple of months ensures he still has a future in Calgary.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets coach Paul Maurice will wait until the end of this season before deciding if he’ll sign a new contract, as he wishes to consult his family.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering how much the Jets have improve since Maurice took over in mid-January, management is keen to retain him. I’ll be very surprised if Maurice doesn’t re-sign.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins hopes to keep practices interesting through the rest of the Olympic break.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators yesterday took their practice to an outdoor rink.