NHL Blog Beat – November 18, 2013.

The NHL week in review, the ongoing woes of the Oilers,why firing coaches in the middle of a rebuild is a bad idea,  the history of Latvian hockey and much more.

Martin Brodeur is among the reason for the Devils recent improvement.

Martin Brodeur is among the reason for the Devils recent improvement.

PUCK DRUNK LOVE: Adam Caldwell looks back at the notable news and notes of the past week in the NHL, while Steve Lepore considers Martin Brodeur the symbol of a confounding Devils team.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe also offered up his thoughts on last week’s notable NHL news, including Steven Stamkos’ broken leg.

BACKHAND SHELF: Dave Lozo, among other notes,  weighs in on Nail Yakupov’s difficulties with the Oilers, while Justin Bourne believes the Oilers roster lacks some heavy lifters to make them tough to play against.

THE COPPER & BLUE: Alan Hull on the Oilers paralyzing fear of opportunity cost.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert explains why it’s a bad idea to fire a coach in the middle of a rebuild.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: With Ted Nolan, the head coach of Latvia’s men’s hockey team, returning to Buffalo, Joseph Vito Deluca examines the history of Latvian hockey.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Arik Parnass explains how Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray could be the worst defenseman in the NHL this season.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier wonders where Team USA’s top end talent is for the upcoming Olympics.