Rangers blank the Sharks, questions about the Ducks’ coaching and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Marc Staal tallied a goal and an assist while backup goalie Antti Raanta made 22 saves for the shutout as the New York Rangers blanked the San Jose Sharks 4-0.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Anaheim Ducks upcoming road trip to Nashville, Minnesota, Chicago, Dallas and St. Louis could affect head coach Bruce Boudreau’s job security. The club is off to a poor start (1-3-1 after five games), prompting speculation over Boudreau’s future.
TSN: Gary Lawless reports former Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle could be tapped as Boudreau’s replacement if Ducks management opts for a coaching change.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe the Ducks will need a coaching change if things don’t improve after their upcoming road trip, but I don’t think bringing back Carlyle is the right move. He really struggled with the Leafs. Then again, it worked for the Canadiens in bringing back Michel Therrien. Of course, if the Ducks right the ship over the next five games, talk of replacing Boudreau will fade. I’d love to hear from Ducks fans about this, so feel free to weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section below.
TRIBLIVE.COM: A lack of shots by Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby could explain why he’s gone pointless in his first five games.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: The Lightning’s Triplet Line (Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov) are off to a sluggish start, sparking speculation the line could be broken up if they fail to improve soon.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk is more concerned about wins (he’s won three of four) than his stats (.887 save percentage, 3.01 GAA).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as he continues racking up wins, his stats will improve. If the losses mount, his stats become cause for concern.
BOSTON HERALD: David Krejci’s strong play has been a bright spot in the Bruins’ slow start.
PHILLY.COM: Veteran winger R.J. Umberger is a likely scratch from the Flyers lineup tonight against the Dallas Stars.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: Former NHL player Patrick O’Sullivan details years of abuse by his father in his book Breaking Away.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: O’Sullivan was a highly-touted OHL player who struggled at the NHL level. The abuse he suffered growing up may have played a part in that.