In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: The Leafs injury woes mount…No rest at home for Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec…Grading the Senators young players in the first quarter of the season…Oilers call up two blueliners…Flames whip the Blackhawks…Canucks assistant coach’s ability to tweak their special teams to keep opponents guessing…RIP Eddy Palchak, the Canadiens long-time trainer.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs injury woes continue to mount, with Mike Komisarek and Matthew Lombardi out for at least three weeks with upper body injuries.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: 30 percent of the Leafs lineup is currently sidelined, including Mikhail Grabovski, Colby Armstrong and Jame Reimer, though the latter could be 7-10 days away from returning to the roster.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec will see his 12th consecutive start when they face the Philadelphia Flyers today at the MTS Centre.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pavelec’s played better in recent games, so of course the Jets will stick with the hot hand in goal facing a strong club like the Flyers.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Wayne Scanlan grades the Senators seven young players and their performances thus far this season, with Jared Cowen and Colin Greening getting the best marks.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers have called up Colten Teubert and Taylor Chorney to fill the gaps in their blueline due to injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was rumored the Oilers were shopping for help in the trade market, but it’s apparent they’re not going to go that route at the present time.
CALGARY HERALD: Curtis Glencross had two goals and an assist, leading the Flames to a 5-2 upset of the Chicago Blackhawks.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks assistant coach Newell Brown’s ability to tweak his team’s special teams is a big reason his team’s PP is currently tops in the league.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Eddy Palchak, who was assistant trainer, trainer and equipment manager for the Canadiens from 1966-67 to 1999-2000, and had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup ten times, died Wednesday at the age of 71.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: RIP Eddy, you were a big part of the Habs family.