The Canucks blank the Oilers, updates on David Clarkson, Alexei Emelin, Mark Scheifele and Codi Ceci, and possible GM candidates for the Flames.
TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs winger David Clarkson faces a disciplinary hearing for a blow to the head of St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I realize Clarkson’s only two months into his tenure with the Leafs (on one of the most ridiculous contracts in the league), but I’m wondering if Leafs GM Dave Nonis is having buyers remorse? Clarkson’s been a big disappointment so far this season.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: James Mirtle explains why the Maple Leafs are in free-fall.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not picking on the Leafs here, just wanted to note (as Mirtle does) how proponents of hockey analytics were spot-on earlier this season when they predicted the Leafs drop-off in performance. They were mocked back then, but their critics have grown silent in recent weeks.
CALGARY SUN: Wes Gilbertson with a list of possible GM candidates for the Flames.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Breathe easy, Flames fans, Darcy Regier isn’t among them.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin will not face supplemental discipline for elbowing Philadelphia’s Steve Downie. Emelin received a match penalty for the incident.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets young forward Mark Scheifele is starting to show the glimpses of greatness which prompted the Jets to select him with their first round pick in 2011.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators defenseman Cody Ceci is getting used to finally playing with his hometown team.