Recaps of the Vancouver Canucks-LA Kings & Edmonton Oilers-Colorado Avalanche games, plus the latest on Mike Cammalleri, James van Riemsdyk, Mika Zibanejad and more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jeff Carter’s shootout goal lifted the LA Kings to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Carter also scored the Kings’ first goal, which commenced their rally back from a 2-0 deficit. Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo made 26 saves in a losing cause.
EDMONTON JOURNAL/DENVER POST: The Edmonton Oilers scored four times on the power-play and netminder Devan Dubnyk made 37 saves to down the Colorado Avalanche 4-1. Ales Hemsky, Jordan Eberle, Shawn Horcoff and Nail Yakupov tallied for the Oilers, while P.A. Parenteau scored the Avs only goal.
CALGARY SUN: Flames head coach Bob Hartley claims he’s unconcerned over sniper Mike Cammalleri’s slow start. Cammalleri has no goals and two assists in the Flames opening four games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like captain Jarome Iginla, Cammalleri must find the back of the net more frequently if the Flames hope to reach the playoffs this season.
TORONTO SUN: Injuries to Joffrey Lupul and Clarke MacArthur have forced Leafs coach Randy Carlyle to move James van Riemsdyk on Phil Kessel’s line.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The move could also be to jump-start Kessel’s scoring, as he’s yet to tally a goal this season.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets are anxious for the NHL to go through with their divisional realignment plan. Despite their relocation from Atlanta to Winnipeg in 2011, they’ve remained in the Southeast Division, giving them an arduous travel schedule.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed divisional realignment will take place prior to next season.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens won’t be returning rookies Alexander Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher to their junior clubs. “They’re here because they deserve it”, said head coach Michel Therrien.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully for the Habs, Galchenyuk and Gallagher continue to develop and improve over the course of this shortened season.
OTTAWA SUN: Mika Zibanejad could finally make his season debut tonight against the
Florida Panthers Washington Capitals.