Maple Leafs and Wings to meet in “The Big House” for 2013 Winter Classic…Henrik Sedin’s ironman streak in jeopardy…Olli Jokinen and Miikka Kiprusoff lead Flames over Sharks…Chris Phillips prepares for 1,000th career NHL game…Kyle Wellwood among league’s least penalized players…Magnus Paajarvi rejoins the Oilers…Louis Leblanc making most of his time with the Canadiens.
TORONTO SUN: It will be officially announced by the NHL today the Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings will square off in the 2013 Winter Classic at the University of Michigan’s “Big House”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the “Big House” proximity to “Leafs Nation” and hockey’s popularity in Michigan, the NHL should have no problem filling that venue.
VANCOUVER SUN: Henrik Sedin’s 552-game ironman streak is in jeopardy as he injured his right foot in Tuesday’s game against Nashville, and may not play in tonight’s game against Minnesota.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The results of the CT scan have yet to be announced, so the Canucks and their fans will wait with bated breath in hopes Sedin’s injury isn’t serious.
CALGARY SUN: Olli Jokinen had a hat trick and Miikka Kiprusoff picked up his 300th career victory as the Flames downed the San Jose Sharks 4-3.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win moved the Flames to within one point of a playoff berth in the tight Western Conference playoff race.
OTTAWA SUN: Veteran Senators defenseman Chris Phillips shared his favorite NHL memories as he prepares for his 1, 000th career NHL game tonight against the Nashville Predators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He also joins a small group of players who have played that many games for one NHL team in their careers.
WINNIPEG SUN: Center Kyle Wellwood has turned into a good investment for the Jets, in part because he rarely take penalties.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wellwood’s a UFA this summer and could be shopped at the trade deadline, but his play this season could result in a contract extension with the Jets.
EDMONTON SUN: Winger Magnus Paajarvi is back with the Oilers after a stint in the minors.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Young Canadiens forward Louis Leblanc is enjoying every moment he spends with the club this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leblanc could spend the rest of the season with the Habs if they end up shipping out Travis Moen and Andrei Kostitsyn at the trade deadline.