Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ defensive struggles, Bryan Little regaining his form, Andrei Markov’s ongoing struggles to return to action, David Booth and Chris Higgins lead Canucks over the Flames, Jared Cowen gaining more playing time on the Senators blueline, and the Leafs face the red-hot Rangers tonight.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins may be a star offensively, but his defensive play needs improvement.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’ll improve over time as he matures and grows more comfortable with the NHL game.

Little going a long way for Jets.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Bryan Little has overcome a slow start to this season, with 7 goals and 13 points in his last 12 games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets have improved over the same period Little regained his scoring touch.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: A look at the ongoing struggles of Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov to return from off-season knee surgery.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: David Booth and Chris Higgins each had three points as the Canucks downed the Calgary Flames 5-1.

CALGARY HERALD: Henrik Karlsson suffered his fifth losses in as many starts.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators rookie defenseman Jared Cowen has been moving up the depth chart of the Senators blueline. He played 31 shifts and over 28 minutes of ice time in the Senators 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals, the most of all Senat0rs in that game.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs hope to get back on track following back-to-back losses to the red hot Boston Bruins, facing the streaking NY Rangers tonight, who are winners of their last five and 12 of their last 14.