Senators may have lost Milan Michalek to injury, Jets beat Wild, Blue Jackets down Canucks, Flames offense sputters against Predators,Leafs Kulemin struggles to score, Canadiens checker comes through, Ladislav Smid’s dental work.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators lost leading scorer Milan Michalek to what appears either a shoulder or head injury after he collided with teammate Erik Karlsson during the Senators 3-2 overtime win over Buffalo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could be a serious blow for the Senators offense if Michalek, who has an injury history, is out for a significant period of time.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets bounced back from a one-sided loss to Detroit with a 2-1 win over the league-leading Minnesota Wild.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A solid effort by the Jets, who’ve been steadily improving in recent weeks.
VANCOUVER SUN: The hapless Columbus Blue Jackets were able to slip past the Vancouver Canucks with a 2-1 shoot-out win.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames offense failed to come through in a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, spoiling a strong effort by goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Starting to become a recurring theme for the Flames.
TORONTO SUN: Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin’s scoring drought reaches 53-days, his last one coming back on October 22.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kulemin potted 30 goals last season so his drought this time around is a troubling one for the Leafs offense, though fortunately other players have stepped up offensively to cover off. Perhaps he could become trade bait later in the season?
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens grinder Petteri Nokelainen was the hero for the Canadiens, who blew a 3-1 lead against the Islanders until Nokelainen scored what would be the winning goal for the Habs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Habs have had a troubling habit this season of blowing leads.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid needed stitches and some teeth were chipped and knocked crooked after taking a stick to the mouth in a recent game against the Calgary Flames.