Canadiens fall to the Kings, Maple Leafs lose to the Blue Jackets, Flames snuffed out by Wild, plus updates on the Senators, Canucks, Oilers and Jets.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens were held to only 18 shots as they fell to the Los Angeles Kings 2-1. P.K. Subban scored the Habs only goal. Canadiens goalie Carey Price (lower-body injury) was placed on injured reserve but could return to the lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Ducks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fortunately for the Habs backup Peter Budaj has played very well filling in for the sidelined Price. He’s not the reason the Canadiens lost to the Kings.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs losing streak extended to three games with a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Mason Raymond tallied for the Leafs while goalie James Reimer made 31 saves.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t blame James Reimer for that loss. The Leafs best scorers failed to cash in.
CALGARY HERALD: Zach Parise scored the game winner as the Minnesota Wild held off the Calgary Flames 3-2.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Sabres GM Bryan Murray dismissed rumors he was shopping Jason Spezza, provided no updates on Chris Phillips’ contract talks and still believes struggling blueliner Jared Cowen has a bright future.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on Spezza in the “Rumors” section.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: With the Jets playing well under coach Paul Maurice, the players hope management won’t break them up on deadline day.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff could be a buyer or stand pat, but I don’t see him being a seller. Not with his team very close to playoff contention.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples considers GM Craig MacTavish an improvement over former GM Steve Tambellini.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks recalled Darren Archibald for his third stint with the club this season.