The latest on Ryan Kesler, Ales Hemsky, Ondrej Pavelec, Tomas Kaberle and Blake Comeau, plus the Leafs hope to improve their home record, while the Senators try to overcome their recent slump.


Canucks recent improvement tied to Kesler.

VANCOUVER SUN: It’s no coincidence the Canucks have played better of late, as Ryan Kesler returns to form.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’s obviously their on-ice leader, and when he’s on top of his game, the Canucks are a much better team.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers winger Ales Hemsky struggles to find his game coming off recent shoulder surgeries.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s been recent speculation Hemsky might be traded later this season, but his recent performance combined with his injury history could keep him with Edmonton for the remainder of the season.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec is hoping to bounce back following a 7-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Red Fisher warns Canadiens fans not to rush to judgement either way on new defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who had two assists in his debut with the Habs on Saturday against the Devils.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wise words of wisdom from Fisher.

CALGARY SUN: Forward Blake Comeau is fitting comfortably into the Flames lineup since he was claimed off waivers from the NY Islanders on November 25, playing a regular shift of the Flames third line.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After going scoreless in 16 games with the Isles, Comeau has four points and is +1 in 9 games with the Flames.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs need to overcome their recent poor record on home ice, where they’ve won only once in their last seven games.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators look to break out of their current slump, which saw them lose three in a row and five of their last six games.