Oilers collect their third straight win, the Leafs fall to the Predators, the Jets lose again to the Blackhawks, plus the latest on the Canadiens, Canucks, Flames and Senators.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers won their third straight game (the first time they’ve done it this season) downing the visiting Florida Panthers 4-1. Jordan Eberle scored twice with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall collecting assists on those goals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers were certainly overdue to start stringing some wins together. Unfortunately, they are still in a very deep hole in the standings (currently 16 points out of the final playoff berth in the very tough Western Conference) which I doubt they can overcome.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs were out-worked and out-shot (again) as the Nashville Predators downed them 4-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs continue living dangerously in their own zone, ranked among the league leaders for most shots-against per game.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Chicago Blackhawks scored three goals in the third period to snap a 3-3 tie in defeating the Winnipeg Jets 6-3.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Is it too late to move the Jets back to the weaker Eastern Conference?
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Spark plug forward Brendan Gallagher provides a boost to any line he plays on this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gallagher is one of the Habs most consistent forwards this season. Even if he doesn’t score, he’s always a threat plus provides he a degree of agitation which frustrates opposing players.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks coach John Tortorella will once again shake up his forward lines desperately trying to find more offense.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The reason the Canucks have lost five in a row is they’ve only scored six times during that stretch. If things don’t improve offensively soon, management will have little option but to go shopping for help.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames dealt little-used
defenseman right wing Tim Jackman to the Anaheim Ducks to free up roster room for call-ups from their AHL affiliate.
OTTAWA SUN: Hey, Senators fans! Take part in a Sun poll to give your thoughts on your club’s performance so far this season.