The latest on Miikka Kiprusoff, Cory Schneider, Tomas Plekanec, James van Riemsdyk, Nail Yakupov, Colin Greening and Mark Scheifele.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames will rely heavily upon goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff as they hope to bring their playoff drought to an end.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kiprusoff can’t do it alone. If the Flames can’t get more scoring, Kipper’s heroics won’t be enough.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks goalie Cory Schneider understands this is his time to shine.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Schneider has considerable potential but this is the first NHL season he enters as the Canucks starter, which will bring its own pressures. Most expect him to rise to the challenge.
CANOE.CA: Tomas Plekanec skated with his Canadiens teammates for the first time in training camp since returning from the Czech Extraliga, where he suffered a rib injury.
TORONTO SUN: Despite a recent foot injury, Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk hopes to play in the club’s season opener on Saturday.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin is lending a helping hand to rookie Nail Yakupov as he adjusts to life in Edmonton.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward Colin Greening has been bumped from” a spot alongside top scorers Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek to a line with Condra and Zack Smith, a couple of checkers.”
WINNIPEG SUN: Will 19-year-old Mark Scheifele be ready for his NHL debut?