Taylor Hall’s gruesome head injury sparks rumors…Jarome Iginla to wear helmet in warmups…Blake Wheeler lucky to escape serious injury…Canadiens fans growing apathetic over team’s performance…Leafs cruise to victory over Wild…Chris Tanev thrust into top four defense role with Canucks….Senators costly win over the Sharks.
EDMONTON SUN: Taylor Hall’s recent pre-game warm-up mishap resulting in a 30-stitch gash to his forehead sparked rumors his season was over, which Hall has denied.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hall was fortunate not to have suffered worse damage. He’ll be able to play again this season, but first the swelling in his forehead has to go down so that he can wear his helmet again without discomfort.
CALGARY SUN: Jarome Iginla said he will wear a helmet in warm-ups from now on following Hall’s gruesome accident, as well as spurred by his own close calls and seeing a couple of teammates get hit in the head by pucks.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Blake Wheeler feels fortunate he escaped serious injury after being struck in the throat with a puck during a game last weekend.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens fans have grown apathetic over their struggling team’s plight.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t say I blame ’em. Perhaps that’ll provide additional incentive for the front office to improve the club down the road. Or not. Whatever…
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs had little problems dispatching the injury-ravaged, woeful Minnesota Wild.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Call-up defenseman Chris Tanev finds himself thrust into a top-four defenseman role as Sami Salo continues to recover from a shoulder injury.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators lost Kaspars Daugavins and Zack Smith to injury as they defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-1.