Monday, October 14, 2013
NHL Morning Links - Oct. 14
By Doug Mittler
It's Columbus Day in the United States and Thanksgiving Day in Canada. The Boston Bruins, who seem to play more afternoon games than any team in the NHL, will celebrate with a matinee against the Red Wings. While we wait for the puck to drop, here are the links:
Now that the ax has fallen on Peter Laviolette in Philadelphia, who else is on the hot seat? It might be Florida Panthers coach Kevin Dineen given that new owner Vincent Viola wants to win in a hurry.
When Colorado coach Patrick Roy shoved that glass partition on opening night, it may have been a sign that the Avalanche will no longer be pushed around.
Winnipeg Jets rookie Jacob Trouba had another solid outing Sunday night against the Devils. The 19-year-old defenseman led the Jets in ice time with 26:36, was a plus 2 and dished out three hits.
One of things new Flyers coach Craig Berube promises to fix is his club taking too many penalties. Philadelphia was whistled seven times Saturday against the Red Wings and has 45 in in six games.
With his offense sagging, Canucks coach John Tortorella is still searching for the right line combinations. Tortorella even has tried putting Jannik Hansen with the Sedin twins, something that didn’t work under former coach Alain Vigneault.
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock says the new hybrid icing rule puts teams with fast forwards, such as the Blackhawks, at a disadvantage.
Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins was trying to send a message when he made Nail Yakupov a healthy scratch on Saturday. The 20-year-old may be sitting out Monday’s game in Washington as well.
The Nashville Predators are counting on an offensive spark from forward Viktor Stalberg, who came off injured reserve Saturday against the Islanders. Signed to a four-year, $12 million contract with Nashville in July after helping Chicago win the Stanley Cup last year, Stalberg was a quiet minus-one on Saturday.
Who will be the No. 1 goalie for Canada in the Winter Olympics? Saturday’s meeting of Carey Price and Roberto Luongo gave an early look at the competition that will unfold over the next few months.
Should we be celebrating last week’s sensational goal by Tomas Hertl or should the San Jose Sharks rookie be scolded for showboating? Hertl left Saturday’s game early, but is expected to be back Tuesday in St. Louis.
Luke Glendening made a favorable impression in his NHL debut for the Red Wings on Saturday, especially on the penalty kill. The 24-year-old grew up in Grand Rapids and had a four-year career at the University of Michigan.