By Ally Harris
It has been a mixed week for the Canadian NHL teams, but for the most part things haven’t been as good as they would like. Here’s how each team got on over the past week.
Toronto – 1-3-0
It hasn’t been the best week for Toronto. A close battle with Pittsburgh last Friday saw them come away with a 2-1 loss, but the following night in Buffalo they fell 6-2 to the league’s worst team. Things weren’t any better when they returned home on Tuesday, with a 9-2 loss to Nashville causing frustrating fans to throw their jerseys on the ice. Things turned around last night, though, with a 5-2 win over Tampa Bay. They play again on Saturday at home to the Red Wings.
Ottawa – 1-1-0
There have been only a pair of games for Ottawa over the past week, beginning Saturday night in Calgary, where they fell 4-2. They had a few days off before returning home to play Nashville last night, coming away with a 3-2 win. They play again on Saturday afternoon against St. Louis before heading out on the road for a five-game trip.
Montreal – 3-1-0
It has been a pretty good week for the Habs, who currently sit atop the Eastern Conference. On Saturday they handed Philadelphia a 6-3 loss, and the following day in Detroit they came away with a 4-1 win. Their six-game win streak came to an end on Tuesday when they were blanked 4-0 by Pittsburgh, but they got back in the win column last night with a 4-1 win over St. Louis. They’re back in action tomorrow in Boston.
Winnipeg – 1-2-1
It has been another tough week for the Jets. It began Saturday with a 2-1 loss to Nashville, then the following night they fell 4-3 in overtime to Minnesota. They rebounded with a 3-1 win against New Jersey on Tuesday, but dropped a 4-3 battle against Detroit last night. They don’t play again until Sunday against St. Louis.
Edmonton – 0-2-0
The Oilers have only played a pair of games this week, but they haven’t gone well for the team. They narrowly missed out in both games – on Sunday they fell 2-1 to Arizona and on Wednesday they were beaten 5-4 by Vancouver. They play again tonight against New Jersey.
Calgary – 2-1-0
It hasn’t been a bad week for the Flames. On Saturday they were able to beat Ottawa 4-2 and on Tuesday they earned a 4-3 win over Anaheim. They just missed out on a perfect week when they fell 4-3 to Chicago last night, but they are back in action tomorrow against New Jersey.
Vancouver – 1-1-1
It was an average week for the Canucks. It didn’t start well, being shut out 5-0 by the Coyotes on Friday, but they were able to pick up a 5-4 win when they faced the Oilers on Wednesday. It took a shootout to decide last night’s contest against Anaheim, but the Ducks got the edge and won the game 4-3.