Flames lose Mark Giordano for at least a week…Mason Raymond set to return for Canucks…Sam Gagner struggling to score…The return of Shane Doan to Winnipeg for the first time since 1996…Finding some good in another Leafs loss to the Bruins…The Senators numbers in the first quarter of the season…Canadiens fall to Ducks.


Flames lose Giordano for 7 days.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames have lost reliable blueliner Mark Giordano for at least seven days to a hamstring injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’ll be hoping he’s only out a week. Giordano is the Flames best all-round defenseman, so losing him for any amount of time could be a serious blow to this struggling team.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Mason Raymond is set to return to action after recovering from a serious back injury suffered during this past spring’s Stanley Cup Final. He’ll provide speed, but not toughness, an element the club appears to be lacking.

EDMONTON SUN: Sam Gagner continues to struggle offensively this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers are hoping he’ll regain that touch if he can stay healthy over the remainder of the season, but his slump will ensure his name remains in the Oilers trade rumor mill.

WINNIPEG SUN: Shane Doan will step on Winnipeg ice for the first time since he was with the original Jets back in 1996, as the Phoenix Coyotes meet the new version of the Jets tonight.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’ll hopefully be well received by the Winnipeg fans.

TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons tries to find the good in yet another Maple Leafs loss to the Boston Bruins, pointing out that, at least this time, the Leafs were in it for much of the game, despite falling 6-3.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, the Leafs played better, but they still lost. The Bruins have their number so far.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: A look at the Senators numbers through the first quarter of this season.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens fell to the floundering Anaheim Ducks 4-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I only saw the highlights of this game, but judging from what I saw, and of the opinion of the Montreal sportswriters who followed this game, it was perhaps the Canadiens worst showing of the season. Looks like they took the woeful Ducks for granted.