Would the Canucks have beaten the Blue Jackets with Luongo in goal?…Bruins will face a different Maple Leafs team…Andy Sutton returns to Oilers blueline…Senators down the Jets…Flames shut out Predators…Louis Leblanc thrilled to be called up by Canadiens.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Tony Gallagher believes an “amusing” question asking if the Canucks would’ve beaten the Columbus Blue Jackets if Roberto Luongo were in net was “unfair as it is unanswerable”, then proceeds to answer it anyway, suggesting the outcome indeed might’ve been different.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Meanwhile, Cory Schneider had a stellar performance, facing 48 shots in the Canucks 4-1 victory.
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby believes the Boston Bruins will face a bigger, faster Maple Leafs team than the one they humbled 7-0 in their previous meeting nearly a month ago.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s as may be, but will the Leafs be able to beat the Bruins? And will the B’s continue to have Phil Kessel’s number?
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Defenseman Andy Sutton is ready to return to action after missing time to injuries and the flu.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dumb defensive mistakes cost the Jets in that loss. It’s an ongoing problem the coaching staff continue to address.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff kicked out 26 shots en route to a 1-0 shutout victory over the Nashville Predators.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens prospect Louis Leblanc is thrilled to be called up as a short-term replacement for the suspended Max Pacioretty. LeBlanc was expected to spend the entire season with the Habs AHL affiliate in Hamilton.