Ducks down Coyotes in a shootout, plus the latest on Brad Marchand, Dany Heatley, Niklas Kronwall, Dave Bolland, Martin Erat, Ben Bishop, Sean Bergenheim and more.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Jakob Silfverberg scored the winner in a shootout as the Anaheim Ducks nipped the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Silfverberg is among the Ducks leading scorers so far this season. As I expected, he’s become a terrific acquisition for the Ducks.
BOSTON HERALD: Struggling Bruins winger Brad Marchand is hoping a return to basics will kick-start his performance this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Marchand hasn’t been the same since his buddy Tyler Seguin was traded this summer.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild are trying to find a way to jump-start the declining play of second-line winger Dany Heatley.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The sad fact is Heatley has definitely slowed in recent years, and it’s very apparent this season. I doubt there’s much the Wild can do about that. Given Heatley’s expensive salary for this season, they won’t find any takers in the trade market for him.
DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall is “day-to-day” with a mild concussion after he was slammed into the endboards by Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod, who faces an in-person hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kronwall’s lucky it was only a mild concussion as it could’ve been much worse.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: The Blackhawks are gearing up for the return of former teammate Dave Bolland when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Chicago today.
WASHINGTON POST: As the struggling Capitals shake up their lines, Martin Erat will get his chance to prove himself with his elevation to the second line .
TBO.COM: Lightning netminder Ben Bishop’s calm, cool performance has been key to his club’s strong start to this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bishop’s name was mentioned by some rumormongers tying him to the Edmonton Oilers. Forget about it, Bishop’s not going anywhere.
SUNSENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers coach Kevin Dineen is growing frustrated over Sean Bergenheim’s prolonged injury-related absence, suggesting it may be more mental on the forward’s part than physical.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres rookies stage a “dance-off” during practice to lighten the mood.
SPECTOR’S NOTE; The struggling Sabres should heed the advice of Mr. Mambo.
STLTODAY.COM: The NHL has suspended Blues forward Maxim Lapierre five games for boarding San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle.