In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Joffrey Lupul leads the Maple Leafs to victory over the Devils…Flames top line struggling…Five notable Senators statistics…Chris Higgins regains his scoring touch…Ladislav Smid’s defensive contributions for the Oilers…Evander Kane silencing skeptics…Canadiens sign defense prospect.


Lupul leads Leafs with hat trick over Devils.

TORONTO SUN: Joffrey Lupul scored three goals in less than seven minutes in the second period, powering the Maple Leafs to a 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not to belittle Lupul’s achievement, but Devils goalie Martin Brodeur was very rusty in last night’s game. A couple of those wouldn’t have gone in if Brodeur had been in vintage form.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames top line (Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay and Brendan Morrison) have been struggling to score in recent games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Part of the reason is Iginla’s usual slow start to the season, and Morrison returning to action from knee surgery, but if the Flames are to get their season on track, they need this line to score with more consistency.

OTTAWA SUN: presents five startling Senators statistics thus far, including the fact they have the second-best power-play, while goalie Craig Anderson has the worst goals-against and save percentage in the league.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looking at those stats, it’s definitely been a season of extremes and contradictions so far.

VANCOUVER SUN: Christopher Higgins has regained the scoring touch that once made him a promising young forward with the Montreal Canadiens, currently leading the Canucks in goals with six.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Higgins NHL career floundered after he was dealt by the Canadiens, but he seems to have found his groove with the Canucks. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid has been making his mark off the scoresheet as a shutdown defenseman.

WINNIPEG SUN: Evander Kane continues to silence skeptics who claimed he was unhappy in Winnipeg, and is rounding into the power forward the club believes he can be.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens have signed defense prospect Jarred Tinordi to a three-year entry-level contract, effective 2012-13.