Happy Thursday hockey fans! As we approach yet another weekend of NHL action, the hot-seats get just a little hotter. We’ve already seen two coaches get fired this week, with LA dumping John Stevens on Sunday and Chicago following suit on Tuesday with Joel Quenneville.
Today, our spin around the hockey world takes a look at the next coach on the hot-seat, the latest supplemental discipline from the NHL and more.
- Milan Lucic took the spotlight on Tuesday night for his actions against Mathieu Joseph of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Yesterday, Lucic received his discipline, being fined the max allowed – $10,000.
- Just three games in the NHL last night, but all of them were key match ups with a lot riding on the line for each team. Caps Vs. Pens speaks for itself, while Nashville visited Colorado for the first time since their playoff battle last spring. Anaheim, meanwhile, hosted Calgary in a key game that may have saved Randy Carlyle. Last night’s recap via the Boston Herald.
- Speaking of the Ducks, Randy Carlyle could be in trouble. Anaheim’s bench boss is likely the next one up after a tough start to the season for a veteran team with hopes of winning its second Cup together. I looked at that and more in the Pacific Division notebook yesterday.
- While we are on the topic, Sportsnet’s Luke Fox takes the temperature of each coach’s seat around the NHL.
- Cool story from NHL.com about Bruins’ forward David Backes and the deeper meaning he took from yesterday’s practice, where a number of veterans were invited by the team to take in the event.
- Lou Lamoriello has two key prospects right now in the AHL. Both Josh Ho-Sang and Michael Dal Colle are playing great hockey, and look to be ready to take the step from AHL Bridgeport to the bright lights of the NHL. The Isles’ GM talked with Mike Johnston of Sportsnet about the talented duo and more.