Canucks fall behind 2-0 in series against Kings, Senators hope to open up more room for Erik Karlsson, Brent Sutter’s gig as Team Canada coach at Worlds could be seen as audition for Oilers coaching job, Flames must find more stability behind the bench, Andrei Markov not participating at the Worlds, and Ondrej Pavelec hoping to avoid playing in the tournament.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks may have played better in their Game Two loss to the LA Kings than they did in Game One, but they’re still losing, due in part to their shoddy special team play. At least Vancouver pundits and fans can’t make Roberto Luongo their scapegoat, as he was among the few bright spots in both games.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators hope to open up more room for high-scoring defenseman Erik Karlsson in Game Two against the NY Rangers tonight. The Blueshirts kept Karlsson contained in Game One.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis suggests Brent Sutter’s coaching gig for Team Canada at the upcoming World Hockey Championships could be seen as an audition for the head coaching job with the Edmonton Oilers. Earlier this week, Sutter stepped down as coach of the Calgary Flames. Tom Renney is currently head coach of the Oilers, but there’s been no indication from Oilers management he’ll return next season.
CALGARY SUN: Steve MacFarlane believes the Flames have been going through too many head coaches too quickly and need more stability behind the bench.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov hasn’t been invited to play for Russia at the upcoming World Hockey Championships.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec faces an awkward situation with the Czech Republic team, as he was hoping the Jets would forbid him from playing in the upcoming Worlds, but the club has left the decision up to himself. Pavelec is hoping to beg off, citing fatigue from a long NHL season.