Canucks coach lashes out at Bruins Brad Marchand…Oilers Taylor Hall picking up the pace…Maple Leafs face high stakes in second half…Senators rally past Flyers…This week’s Flames sub-plots…Jets mid-season awards…Canadiens season may not be lost after all.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault remains angered at Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand for his low hit on Canucks defenseman Sami Salo, warning someday Marchand could himself be injured by a player taking matters into his own hands.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Marchand faces a disciplinary hearing with the league today over that hit. In the meantime, perhaps the Canucks might consider taking a page from Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban’s method of dealing with Marchand.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Forward Taylor Hall has been among the few bright spots for the Oilers on their current tough road trip.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While it appears this will be another season of frustration for the Oilers, players like Hall mean there won’t be many more seasons like this in the club’s near future.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs face higher stakes in the second half of this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s because, for the first time in years, the Leafs have a good chance at making the playoffs.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators overcame a 4-2 deficit, scoring four unanswered goals to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-4.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators’ defensive game still needs work, but their offensive game remains strong.
CALGARY SUN: A look at five subplots for the Flames this week, including their first game against the LA Kings since they hired former Flames GM Darryl Sutter as their head coach.
WINNIPEG SUN: Hands out it’s mid-season awards to the Jets, ranking goalie Ondrej Pavelec as the team’s MVP of the first half.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens recent two-game win streak suggests their season might not be lost after all.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s gonna take more than that, in my opinion. to save their season. Talk to me when you’ve climbed into a playoff spot.