Canadiens lose again, Jets playoff hopes hang by a thread, Senators playoff hopes get a boost from the Capitals, and the latest on the Flames, Canucks, Leafs and Oilers.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens stretch woes continue, falling to the New Jersey Devils 3-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s the fifth loss in six games for the Habs since clinching a playoff berth on April 12. At this rate, it won’t matter who their first round opponent is, because they’ll be first round road kill.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals leaves their playoff hopes hanging by a thread.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That was a must-win game for the Jets. They now must win their final game of the season Thursday, and need the NY Rangers and/or Ottawa Senators to lose their remaining games. The Ranger hold a game in hand, and the Senators two games. If the Jets lose to the floundering Canadiens on Thursday, their season is over.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators got a playoff boost from the Capitals beating the Winnipeg Jets, who hold two games in hand over the latter in the race for one of the final playoff berths in the Eastern Conference.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames saw their three-game winning streak snapped with a 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators.
VANCOUVER SUN: Things are looking good for the Canucks heading into this post-season.
TORONTO STAR: Don’t expect the Maple Leafs to rest their best players before the post-season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: With the Maple Leafs and NY Islanders clinching playoff berths this season, the Oilers have the dubious honor of holding the NHL’s longest playoff drought.