Ryan Kesler unhappy with Canucks coach comments over his performance…Jets shut out Senators, but are they too thin to secure a playoff berth?…Shawn Horcoff struggling to score…Blake Comeau promoted…Tyler Bozak reunited with Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul…Canadiens face long odds to make playoffs.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks forward Ryan Kesler wasn’t pleased with head coach Alain Vigneault’s critique of his recent performance.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We’ll find out soon enough if this spurs Kesler to improve his play to Vigneault’s satisfaction.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Chris Mason got the shutout as the Winnipeg Jets downed a listless Ottawa Senators team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps the Senators were looking ahead to tonight’s tilt against Toronto?
WINNIPEG SUN: Paul Friesen doubts the Jets have the depth in talent to match up well against the Eastern Conference’s top teams, acknowledging it’ll take a complete team effort (like the one displayed in the 2-0 victory over Ottawa) if they’re to make the playoffs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Friesen has a point about their talent depth, as they clearly lack a superstar, but if they play well as a team down the stretch, they stand a good chance of clinching a berth. I don’t believe this will push the Jets into the trade market to acquire a superstar player at the trade deadline, simply because the return would devastate their depth.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff has been struggling to score, potting only eight thus far this season, and scoring only once since November 25th.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s yet another reason why the Oilers has declined dramatically since their hot start to the season.
CALGARY HERALD: To match Jarome Iginla with Mike Cammalleri, the Flames have moved Blake Comeau into Iginla’s spot with Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencross.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’re also hoping this will spark Comeau’s scoring touch, which has remained largely dormant this season.
TORONTO SUN: Tyler Bozak will be reunited with Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul for tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens face long odds of making the playoffs this season.