Canadiens prepare for Game Two against the Lightning, plus the latest news on the non-playoff Canadian clubs.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens look to tighten up their defense for Game Two against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Habs hold a 1-0 series lead over the Lightning on the basis of a wild 5-4 overtime victory in Game One.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks player salaries for next season from first to worst.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle are still determining if they’ll join Team Canada at the upcoming World Championships.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless they’re recovering from nagging injuries or beset by personal issues, this trio should follow the example of now-retired teammate and “Captain Canada” himself, Ryan Smyth. Besides, they might enjoy the feeling of playing with talented teammates for a change.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators coach Paul MacLean has gone from being feted as NHL coach of the year to being passed over to coach Team Canada at the Worlds.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s what happens when your team is among the worst defensively in the NHL this season.
CALGARY SUN: Mikael Backlund, Joe Colborne, Sean Monahan, Mark Giordano, TJ Brodie and Joni Ortio provide reason for optimism for the Flames and their fans.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of this six, I’m most impressed with Giordano, Monahan and Backlund. Giordano’s come into his own as an elite NHL defenseman, Monahan made a big splash in his rookie season while Backlund went from expendable to invaluable within the span of this season.
TORONTO SUN: The reasons why the Maple Leafs didn’t call up defenseman T.J. Brennan this season.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets ownership is considering the addition of extra seating at the MTS Centre.