Canucks down the Sabres, Leafs lose fifth straight, updates on Jason Spezza, Carey Price, Mark Giordano and the latest on the Jets and Oilers.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Zack Kassian collected assists on every Canucks goal as Vancouver downed the Buffalo Sabres 4-2. The Canucks also welcomed Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler back into the lineup but Henrik Sedin was sidelined with a leg injury.
TORONTO SUN: The New Jersey Devils chased James Reimer from the Maple Leafs net on route to a 3-2 victory, handing the Leafs their fifth straight loss and leaving them barely clinging to the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Some disgruntled Leafs fans took it upon themselves to attack Reimer’s wife via Twitter over his poor play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s one thing to publicly criticize a player when they’re performing poorly. That comes with the territory of being a pro athlete. Dragging their family members into it crosses the line. Those gutless curs who attacked Reimer’s wife should be ashamed of themselves. They’re not, of course, because they get their jollies through their keyboard courage. They’re also not representative of all Leafs fans, so don’t tar the whole group for the actions of a pathetic few. In other words, spare me the “stay classy, Leafs fans” comments. Every fan base has its small share of jerks.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators captain Jason Spezza confronts what’s been the most disappointing season of his career.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on Spezza in the Rumors section.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price admits he’s not yet in top form after returning from a lower body injury but says his conditioning is improving.
CALGARY SUN: Flames captain Mark Giordano has achieved a career-best in goals (12), matched his career-best in points (43) and leads the team in plus-minus (+11).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Giordano’s been terrific this season for the rebuilding Flames and a great leader for their young players.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets cannot use the excuse of being a young team to explain away their struggles.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers 8-1 loss over the weekend to the Calgary Flames might not be rock bottom yet this season.