In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Dustin Byfuglien slow start…Jordan Eberle is Oilers PP point man…Maxim Lapierre prepares to meet Blackhawks pest Dan Carcillo…Canadiens dig early hole in loss to Rangers…Bruins crush Maple Leafs…Sabres beat Senators in shootout.
WINNIPEG SUN: Dustin Byfuglien’s performance thus far this season has been sub-par for the Jets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Byfuglien’s on pace for a 37-point performance. Not bad, but nowhere near the 53-point effort of a year ago. “Big Buff” hasn’t been the force he was last season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jordan Eberle is earning praise from Oilers head coach Tom Renney for his performance on the point during Oilers power-plays.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eberle has been somewhat overlooked because of the play of Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Nikolai Khabibulin, as well as the return of Ryan Smyth, the drama over Linus Omark, the concern over the struggling Magnus Paajarvi, and the injuries plaguing Ryan Whitney, but he’s second in points and is one of the Oilers clutch performers.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Maxim Lapierre looks forward to facing off against the Chicago Blackhawks today, particularly since new Blackhawk Dan Carcillo made comments this summer about wanting a piece of Lapierre.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Could be another exciting chapter between these two clubs, who have built up an intense rivalry over the past three seasons.
CALGARY SUN: Flames goalie coach Clint Malarchuk felt terrible for backup Henrik Karlsson, who was magnificent with a 42-save effort in a recent 2-1 loss to Buffalo, because he played well enough to win. Malarchuk has high praise for Karlsson and his willingness to learn and improve.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’re grooming Karlsson to one day take over for Miikka Kiprusoff. A few more efforts like that one in Buffalo, and he could put the Flames in a position to seriously consider moving Kiprusoff.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: An early 3-0 deficit was too deep a hole for the Canadiens to climb out of, dropping a 5-3 decision to the NY Rangers on Saturday.
TORONTO SUN: Tyler Seguin had his first career hat trick as the Boston Bruins crushed the Maple Leafs 7-0.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Buffalo Sabres extended the Senators losing streak to three games, defeating the Sens 3-2 in a shootout.