Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov suffers another setback…Five reasons the Senators can make the playoffs…Leafs lose to Bruins again…Flames rally to defeat the Oilers…Jets are getting healthy…Canucks hope defense can stay healthy.


Another setback for Andrei Markov.

LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov suffered another setback in his ongoing recovery from a knee injury, as he’ll be undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his surgically repaired right knee to clear up some lingering debris.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another tough break for Markov, who’s been working hard on his comeback. Canadiens fans are getting frustrated, wondering if he’ll ever return to action this season, or at all. Rest assured, Habs fans, Markov is far more frustrated than you. 

OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan lists five reasons the Senators can make the playoffs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If they continue to play over the course of the season as they have in recent weeks, I certainly wouldn’t rule out the possibility of the Senators as playoff contenders. They’ve been among the pleasant surprises of the season so far.

TORONTO SUN: The return of James Reimer couldn’t end the Maple Leafs losing streak against the Boston Bruins this season, as the defending Cup champs once again downed the Leafs, this time by a score of 4-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hockey Night in Canada analyst Mike Milbury said it best following that game: The Bruins have the Leafs number.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3.

EDMONTON SUN: Terry Jones believes as long as the Oilers keep giving 10-12 points a season to the Flames, they will continue to struggle to make the playoffs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As always, a very entertaining tilt between these two rivals, and as Jones noted, the Flames have owned the Oilers of late, winning 16 of the last 18 meeting between the two, including the last six in a row.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are hoping to have all their currently injured players back in the lineup by the end of December, including top defenseman Tobias Enstrom, who’s been out since October 31.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Tony Gallagher on how the Canucks will be praying their defense can stay healthy this season.