For the first time in years, the Battle of Ontario means something…Jets scorers slumping…Canucks fall to Ducks…Canadiens down Rangers…Devan Dubnyk shines in overtime for Oilers…New Flame Blair Jones settling in.
TORONTO SUN: For the first time since 2007, the “Battle of Ontario” between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators means something, as it has playoff implications for both clubs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It would be terrific if both teams should meet in this year’s playoffs, as it would rekindle an intense playoff rivalry that had its heyday nearly ten years ago.
WINNIPEG SUN: With Blake Wheeler sidelined and several scorers slumping, the Jets forwards have been struggling of late.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If this keeps up, it could force management into the trade market for help. Ignore the “Shane Doan to Winnipeg” rumors, that’s not happening. As for Teemu Selanne to Winnipeg, it’s a slim possibility, but if I were a Jets fan, I wouldn’t get my hopes up.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks fell 4-2 to the Anaheim Ducks in one of their worse performances since their early season slump.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Max Pacioretty scored twice as the Canadiens downed the Conference-leading NY Rangers 4-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A big win for the Habs following two disappointing losses to Boston and Ottawa, but they failed to gain any ground in the standings, sitting 8 points out of the last playoff spot in the Conference.
EDMONTON SUN: Devan Dubnyk made 21 saves as the Oilers edged the LA Kings 2-1.
CALGARY HERALD: New Flame Blair Jones is finally settling in with the club after joining the club a little over a week ago in a trade with Tampa Bay.