Canucks to start Schneider over Luongo against Bruins…Flames at the crossroads…Jets captain Andrew Ladd unhappy with his play…Oilers Jordan Eberle having strong sophomore season…Leafs get some grit back…Chris Phillips returns to Senators lineup…Canadiens hope for a modest win streak.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks coach Alain Vigneault has decided backup goalie Cory Schneider will face the Boston Bruins today, instead of starter Roberto Luongo, who had a shaky performance against the Bruins in last year’s Stanley Cup Final.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Way to keep the goaltender controversy fires damped down, Alain! Expect this to generate lots more stories over the Canucks real or imagined lack of confidence in Roberto Luongo.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak believes the Flames have reached a crossroads this season, as management should start thinking of a long-term rebuild now, beginning with small trades for this season and allowing younger players more ice time to evaluate their worth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s lots of “Should the Flames trade Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff?” chatter in the wake of the club’s 9-0 loss to Boston, but that would be an over-reaction by GM Jay Feaster. A rebuild is coming for this team, and perhaps it might involve moving one or both of those guys, but if it comes to that, I doubt it occurs this season.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets captain Andrew Ladd isn’t happy with his performance this season, but his teammates are happy with his leadership.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers forward Jordan Eberle isn’t suffering a sophomore slump, as he’s on pace for an 85-point season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eberle has been overshadowed by teammates Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, but he may be the best of the Oilers trio of young star forwards.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs will be getting more grit as Mike Komisarek and Mike Brown return to the lineup.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Chris Phillips returns to the lineup tonight as his club takes on the Philadelphia Flyers.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens haven’t won consecutive game since early December, and hope to break that streak tonight against Tampa Bay. The Canadiens won their last game, downing the Winnipeg Jets 7-3.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m so old, I can remember when the only streak anyone in Montreal cared about was the Canadiens streak of Cup championships.