In today’s roundup on notable Canadian NHL team news: Daniel Alfredsson to skip a game with a sore hip…Nothing new on Ryan Nugent-Hopkin’s future…Habs lose again…Canucks hope David Booth will boost second line scoring…David Moss a versatile forward for Flames…Maple Leafs fall to Flyers…Jets shut out by Rangers.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will skip tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday with a sore hip flexor.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The injury isn’t serious, but enough for Alfredsson to avoid aggravating it further. Hopefully for the Senators, he’ll only need to miss a game or two.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Still no word on whether Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will stick with the Oilers this season or be returned to his Junior team before playing his tenth NHL game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I still say he’s earned his spurs with the Oilers and should stay. Hopefully, in the next few days, we’ll find out something more definitive. Perhaps the Oilers management are stringing this out to see how well the kid handles the pressure?
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens began a grueling week of four games in seven days by losing their sixth straight, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Florida Panthers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Habs win two of the next three, I suspect either Jacques Martin will be replaced as head coach, or a significant trade might take place to shake things up.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks are hoping an all-American line of Ryan Kesler, Christopher Higgins and recently acquired David Booth will provide more secondary scoring.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If this line clicks, the Canucks offensive attack will become considerably more lethal, and will take pressure off the Sedin line, who carry the bulk of the offensive load.
CALGARY SUN: Forward David Moss has turned into a versatile player for the Flames, capable of playing center as well as on the wing. He’s now been moved back to right wing and reunited with his linemates from last season, Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencross.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs backup Jonas Gustavsson gave up two goals on three breakaway chances by Jaromir Jagr as the Leafs fell to the Flyers 4-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: “The Monster” did make a sweet pad save on Jagr, but couldn’t stop the future Hall of Famer on two other breakaways. No thanks to Gustavsson’s defense, who definitely let him down in this game.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets continue to struggle offensively, falling on Monday to the NY Rangers by a score of 2-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s not as though the Jets didn’t have their chances, outshooting and outchancing the Rangers, but they could only put one past Blueshirts backup Martin Biron.