In today’s medley of notable posts from the NHL blogosphere: Will the Red Wings responded to their coach’s challenge?…Analysis of the three-headed hydra that is the Islanders goaltending this season…How will the Panthers retain their defense?…The NHL week that was…The Five Players who’ve shot the most without scoring, which isn’t as kinky as it sounds.
WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock wants to know if his players want to be a good team or not. Could the problem be Babcock?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Could the problem be that, after all these years, the Red Wings aging core are finally running out of steam? We’ll find out as the season progresses, because if that’s the problem, then there’s nothing Babcock can do but try to work with what he’s got.
HOCKEY INDEPENDENT: BD Gallof interviews independent goaltending scout Justin Goldman for his take on the Islanders three goalie system and his take on Rick DiPietro, Evgeni Nabokov, and Al Montoya.
CANES COUNTRY: A look at the options for the Hurricanes if they fire Paul Maurice in the near future.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With seemingly so little available talent in this season’s trade market, firing Maurice could be the only option left for Hurricanes management.
LITTER BOX CATS: With already $14.5 million invested in their defense, how much will the Panthers spend to re-sign Dmitry Kulikov and Jason Garrison.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Overspending is what got Panthers GM Dale Tallon in trouble during his last management gig in Chicago. Panthers ownership probably won’t greenlight spending to the cap ceiling next season, regardless of what it is, so Tallon will have to tread carefully here, perhaps shed some salary elsewhere to free up sufficient room for these two.
GRANTLAND: Katie Baker with her weekly look at the latest NHL happenings, highlights and lowlights, including how the New York Rangers have surged of late to the top of the standings.
BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne with the top five players who’ve taken the most shots this season without scoring. Hint: Two Jets and two Bruins are on this list. Bonus hint: the leader is a current Jet and former Bruin.