Monday Morning NHL Papers (Western Conference)

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Anaheim Ducks v Chicago Blackhawks

Central Division:

Northwest Division:

  • John Down with the Calgary Herald further analyzes the Vancouver laser pointer scandal.  “It was going on all night,” said Calgary coach Brent Sutter.  In other news, the fight between Rick Rypien and Brandon Prust could be the fight of the year.
  • The Denver Post’s Terry Frei takes a deeper look at coach Joe Sacco’s success with his former players Chris Durno, T.J. Galiardi, Cody McLeod, Chris Stewart, Kyle Cumiskey, Matt Hendricks, David Jones and Derek Peltier fit this mold.
  • The Oilers seem poised to sink deeper and deeper in the standings, but John MacKinnon of The Edmonton Journal thinks youth is overrated.  He notes the Oilers success during their cup run, in which the team carried mostly free agent signings.  The writer also speculates Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson and Jordan Eberle could bust and at this point in their development are no sure thing.
  • Pierre-Marc Bouchard broke the first and oldest rule in journalism, no cheering in the press box.  The often injured forward simply could not contain himself following Saturday’s dramatic comeback victory.

Pacific Division:

Alexander Monaghan
NHLHS Editor
Twitter: @NHLHotStove

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