Blake Wheeler coming into his own with Jets…Tomas Plekanec unhappy over Canadiens performance….Senators fall to Bruins…Leafs look bad in loss to Capitals….Flames blow lead, lose to Flyers….Coyotes beat Oilers…Little has changed since Canucks last faced Stars.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Blake Wheeler scored twice in a losing cause as the Jets fell in a shootout to the St. Louis Blues. Wheeler has been hot of late, with 13 points in his last six games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets will need him to remain hot as they jockey for a playoff berth in the East.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec voiced his unhappiness over his, and the team’s, performance this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Plekanec’s offensive numbers are way down, largely because he’s been forced to play musical linemates this season.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators fell 5-3 to the Boston Bruins, fueling rumors GM Bryan Murray might seek a short-term replacement goalie for injured Craig Anderson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as he doesn’t overpay, it might not be a bad move. Otherwise, stick with Alex Auld and Robin Lehner, and hope Anderson returns to action within a week.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs looked bad in their 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Remind me again how Rick Nash or Dustin Brown addresses the Leafs sloppy defense and poor goaltending?
CALGARY SUN: The Calgary Flames blew a 3-0 lead, losing 5-4 to the Philadelphia Flyers in a shootout, dropping them to 11th overall in the Western Conference.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word if GM Jay Feaster is taking back the threat he took back about shaking things up at the trade deadline.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored in his first game back in action since February 6, but it wasn’t enough as the Oilers fell 3-1 to the Phoenix Coyotes.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks prepared to face the Dallas Stars for the first time since February 19, 2011.