Monday, October 7, 2013
NHL Morning Links - Oct. 7
By Doug Mittler
The NHL season is less than a week old, so it may be a little early to put a coach on the hot seat. But a slow start may have Peter Laviolette feeling a little heat.
Very little is going right for the Philadelphia Flyers, who had a rocky preseason and have dropped their first three games after Sunday’s setback to Carolina. Philadelphia has scored only three goals in its three losses and there is some buzz that Laviolette will be on thin ice if the Flyers fail to compete for a Stanley Cup.
The Los Angeles Kings are one of the bigger teams in the NHL, so Rangers coach Alain Vigneault will dress physical veteran RW Arron Asham on Monday night after scratching him from a season-opening losss in Phoenix. Asham will replace fleet rookie Jesper Fast, who made his NHL debut against the Coyotes.
The Colorado Avalanche feel they have a potential superstar in 18-year-old No. 1 draft pick Nathan MacKinnon. With Matt Duchene already signed to a five-year deal, the odd man out down the road could be Paul Stastny. If the Avs are out of playoff contention near the trade deadline, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post says Stastny would be the perfect rental sell-off to a contender.
It will be a long time before the Washington Capitals' Joel Ward lives down Saturday’s adventure in which he had to tweet his way out of a bathroom stall.
Senators head coach Paul MacLean was surprised to see a spin move by Mason Raymond allowed in Toronto’s shootout win over Ottawa. MacLean said he had been informed at the start of the year that such a call would be illegal.
The Montreal Canadiens' best line through the first two games of the season has been Lars Eller, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk. The 24-year-old Eller already has three goals and two assists.
The Minnesota Wild will be without second-line center Charlie Coyle for three to four weeks with a knee sprain. The Wild will likely move Mikael Granlund move to center after calling up winger Jason Zucker.
Kings left wing Matt Frattin is trying to find his way on a line with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.
With James Neal out of the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup with an unspecified upper-body injury, 21-year-old Beau Bennett is expected to fill in on Evgeni Malkin's right side.
Cam Atkinson was promoted to the Columbus Blue Jackets' No. 1 line with center Brandon Dubinsky and right wing Marian Gaborik just prior to Saturday’s win on Long Island.
There is no word on when Matt Stajan may return from a deep leg contusion, and Flames coach Bob Hartley implied the veteran center may not be in the best of shape. Something about too many burgers.