Senators fall to the Hurricanes, Canadiens see improvement after lineup changes, and the latest on James Reimer, Ryan Kesler, Sean Monahan, Ryan Smyth and Jacob Trouba.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators fell 4-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes, with Jason Spezza scoring the Sens only goal. Cam Ward made 36 saves and Eric Staal had a three-point game for the Hurricanes.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Recent lineup changes have sparked the Canadiens to a three-game winning streak, including back-to-back victories over Washington and Pittsburgh.
TORONTO STAR: James Reimer has a league-leading save percentage of .947.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not only is Reimer bolstering his worth with the Leafs, he’s also improving his trade value. If the Leafs decide to shop him later this season he could fetch a nice return. For now, it appears the Leafs are content to keep their tandem of Reimer and Jonathan Bernier intact. Considering the Leafs are among the league leaders in shots-against this season, that’s a wise decision.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: With the Canucks getting only one win in their last seven games, Ryan Kesler isn’t pleased with his club’s performance.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After a promising start to this season the Canucks have really tailed off of late. In several of those losses they’ve outplayed their opponents but they lack the scoring punch to put them away. Unless management can find some help soon, they’ll have to hope Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen can regain their scoring form.
CALGARY HERALD: 19-year-old Flames rookie Sean Monahan continues to impress his older teammates.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Ryan Smyth has become a positive factor for the Oilers in recent games.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba is expected to return to the lineup soon. He’s been sidelined since October 18 with a neck injury.