In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: The Oilers stomp a mudhole into the Chicago Blackhawks…Carey Price gets second straight shutout…Jets are in a winning groove of late…Cody Franson could see a bigger role with the injury-ravaged Leafs
defense roster…Curtis Glencross’ long road to the NHL…Senators to face a good test in Vancouver…Canucks not impressed with Mark Recchi’s recent comments.
EDMONTON SUN: In a game reminiscent of their 1980s glory days, the Oilers whipped the Chicago Blackhawk 9-2, snapping a four-game losing streak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Big night for the Oilers “young guns” as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had five assists, Jordan Eberle had four points, and Taylor Hall potted a hat trick.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Carey Price got his second straight shutout as the Canadiens blanked the NY Rangers 4-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Habs have recovered from their early season slump, winning 8 of their last twelve games.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien chalks up his team’s three-game winning streak to improved team chemistry. The Jets thumped the Philadelphia Flyer 6-4 yesterday afternoon.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could be a sign the Jets are getting used to their new coaching staff and their new location.
TORONTO SUN: Little-used defenseman Cody Franson could be taking on a bigger role on the injury-ravaged Leafs
blueline roster. Franson had a goal and an assist and was plus-2 in the Leafs 7-1 thumping of the Washington Capitals on Saturday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Mike Komisarek now expected out for at least 8 weeks, this is now Franson’s chance to shine.
CALGARY SUN: Steve MacFarlane on the long, ultimately rewarding, road to the NHL for Flames forward Curtis Glencross.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators will face a good test to prove they’re for real when they face the Vancouver Canucks today.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks weren’t impressed with recently retired Mark Recchi calling them the most arrogant team he ever played against in his 22 NHL seasons.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At least they’ve pretty much shrugged off his remarks. A lot of Canucks fans want Recchi tarred and feathered, or at the very least, no longer considered a native of British Columbia.