Miikka Kiprusoff gets a win in his possible swan song at the Saddledome, plus the latest on Jordan Eberle, Erik Karlsson, Yannick Weber and more.
CALGARY SUN: In what may be his last home game with the Flames, goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves as the Flames downed the Anaheim Ducks 3-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Flames fans gave “Kipper” a nice sendoff with a standing ovation toward the end of the game and chanting his nickname. Fittingly, he was the game’s first star. Kiprusoff is expected to retire following this season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jordan Eberle had a goal and two assists as the Oilers snapped a six-game losing skid by beating the Colorado Avalanche 4-1.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson practiced with his teammates on Friday and is expected to return in time for the playoffs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karlsson’s recovery from what was supposed to be a season-ending Achilles tendon injury has been astounding.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle explains how the Toronto Maple Leafs could still miss the playoffs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Booga-booga, Leafs fans!
WINNIPEG SUN: Paul Friesen wonders if the Jets current winning streak comes a little too late to secure a playoff berth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the Rangers recent surge, the Jets must keep winning to keep those hopes alive.
VANCOUVER SUN: Elliott Pap examines five crucial issues facing the Canucks as they enter the playoffs.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Little-used defenseman Yannick Weber played a crucial role in the Canadiens win over Tampa Bay on Thursday.