Capitals slide continues…Stars lose Kari Lehtonen…Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews improves all-round performance…Ilya Bryzgalov’s uneven start with Flyers…Red Wings lose Patrick Eaves to broken jaw…Chris Kelly starring for Bruins…Brett Hull could join group interested in purchasing Blues…The sad sack Islanders…Is NHL snubbing Western Conference teams with its TV coverage?
WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals unraveled again, this time falling 5-1 to the injury-decimated Buffalo Sabres.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres were ripe for the picking by the Capitals, but once again they failed to take advantage of the situation. This loss will only keep the speculation over the job security of head coach Bruce Boudreau, and the decline of captain Alexander Ovechkin, in the headlines.
DALLASNEWS.COM: Star goaltender Kari Lehtonen suffered a groin injury against the Phoenix Coyotes last night.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could be a serious blow if Lehtonen is sidelined for any significant period of time. He’s been their best player and one of the reasons they’re off to a good start this season. It could push management into the trade market for help if his backups are unable to adequately replace him.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The evolution of Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews as one of the league’s top two-way forwards.
PHILLY.COM: Ilya Bryzgalov’s off to a shaky start in his first season with the Flyers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As expected, Bryzgalov is needing a period of adjustment to his new team and city, among the most demanding markets in the NHL. He has the talent, however, to overcome his inconsistency and should improve as the season progresses and he grow more comfortable with the Flyers.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: The Red Wings lost forward Patrick Eaves to a broken jaw after his was struck in the head by the puck attempting to block a shot during the Wings 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was a scary moment, and hopefully he won’t be sidelined for long.
BOSTON GLOBE: Chris Kelly has been doing a first rate job on the Bruins third line.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kelly was one of the best acquisitions made by the Bruins last season, and continues to pay dividends for them.
STLTODAY.COM: Hall of Famer Brett Hull is reportedly interested in joining a group making a bid to purchase the St. Louis Blues.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks tears into the New York Islanders, saying they “finally have crossed the line that separates objects of pity from objects of scorn, once again the worst team in the NHL and this time without any excuse other than the franchise’s ineptitude that runs from the top down.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t say I disagree with this assessment.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater accuses the NHL of snubbing the Western Conference with its television coverage.