In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Cory Schneider gets third straight start for the Canucks…Erik Cole returns to Carolina with the Canadiens…Leafs top two lines light up the Lightning…Craig Anderson providing Senators with steady goaltending….Rookie Mark Flood hoping to stick with the Jets…Are Brent Sutter and Jarome Iginla on the same page? The Oilers spank the Predators.
VANCOUVER SUN: Roberto Luongo has returned from his recent ailment, but Cory Schneider will get his third straight start tonight as the Canucks face the Colorado Avalanche.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ramp up the “goaltending controversy” headlines! Crank up the “Schneider being showcased” trade rumors!! Yee-haww!!! Oh, sorry. To quote Andy Bernard, “That was an overreaction”.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens winger Erik Cole returns to Carolina as a member of a visiting team for only the second time in his career, as the Habs square off against Cole’s former team the Hurricanes tonight.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Buffery calls on the Maple Leafs not to split up their top two lines, especially the Phil Kessel-Tyler Bozak- Joffrey Lupul line, after they cruised to a 7-1 beatdown of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An injury to center Mikhail Grabovski forced the Leafs to try Bozak centering the first line and oft-injured Tim C0nnolly on the second. They looked good against the Lightning last night, but let’s see how they perform for a few more games before assuming these are the lines the Leafs need for the remainder of the season.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Wayne Scanlan on the timely saves and chutzpah Craig Anderson has brought between the pipes this season for the Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Forget those couple of early season blowouts that grossly inflated Anderson’s stats, overall he’s been a solid presence in goal for Ottawa this season.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Rookie Mark Flood is more concerned about sticking with the Jets than his ineligibility for the Calder trophy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Charlottetown, PEI native’s story has recently been the talk of the Island. Here’s hoping he plays his way into a regular spot on the Jets.
CALGARY HERALD: Concern Flames head coach Brent Sutter and team captain Jarome Iginla aren’t on the same page.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla has always been a team player, so I have my doubts this is the issue. What’s really hurting the Flames is their core forwards are ageing, they lack offensive depth, and still don’t have many promising young players in their lineup.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers rebounded from losing to the Dallas Stars the night prior by thumping the Nashville Predators 6-2.