Raptors must set sights on title defence in final third of season
Arden Zwelling
While the first two-thirds of the season have been about simply getting through all the injuries, all the jumbled lineups and all the not-so-fun nights like Friday, the final third will be about putting Toronto’s many disparate pieces in place for a championship defence. Crunch time is coming.
Flames get lesson from elite Bruins on how to control games
Eric Francis
Oilers need to tighten defensive game if going to find playoff success
Mark Spector
Good teams keep the puck out of their net with consistency. In a loss to the Minnesota Wild where their third line gave up three goals, the Edmonton Oilers need to tighten up their defensive game.
Raptors able to handle Suns despite missing injured Marc Gasol at centre
Michael Grange
A visit from the Phoenix Suns and Marc Gasol’s extended absence raised a relevant question on Friday: How will a centre rotation that starts at Serge Ibaka and ends at six-foot-nine, 200-pound Chris Boucher manage? The Toronto Raptors somehow found a way.
Nate Pearson impresses Blue Jays again ahead of start vs. Yankees
Shi Davidi
Oilers finally reaping rewards of homegrown players
Mark Spector
The type of depth on display with the Oilers right now is something not been seen in Edmonton in seemingly forever, and a true sign of an organization that is both drafting and developing properly.
Nicholson's availability for Canada could be more than lucky coincidence
Michael Grange
Having Andrew Nicholson back in a Canadian uniform for the AmeriCup qualifiers could end up being more than simply a lucky coincidence for the national team program as they look ahead to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Victoria, B.C.
Blue Jays' Shapiro talks Asian market and Astros' cheating scandal
Shi Davidi
Canucks' Troy Stecher sticks to superstitious routine as rumours swirl
Iain MacIntyre
Troy Stetcher has been given a diminished role on the Vancouver Canucks blue line this season and is a restricted free agent at season's end. His name has popped up in trade rumours because of this, but don't expect the superstitious soul to go changing any routines any time soon.