The latest on Brad Marchand, J.S. Giguere, James Neal, Ryan Miller, Patrick Sharp, Daniel Briere, Jose Theodore and Ben Bishop, plus the Detroit Red Wings playoff streak is in jeopardy.
BOSTON GLOBE: Brad Marchand scored twice and Gregory Campbell has two assists as the Boston Bruins downed the struggling Carolina Hurricanes 6-2. Campbell centered Marchand and Jaromir Jagr, while Tyler Seguin was demoted to the Bruins third line.
DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche goaltender J.S. Giguere ripped into his team following its 3-1 loss to the Calgary Flames last night, accusing them of playing badly in their own zone, possessing a poor work ethic, and accusing some of his teammates of caring more about their season-ending trip to Las Vegas than playing the remaining games in this season. “It’s embarrassing. I’m embarrassed to be here right now”, said Giguere. “It’s not even funny.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pretty strong stuff there from Giguere, but the long-time NHL veteran – who won the Conn Smythe trophy in 2003 and backstopped the Anaheim Ducks to a Stanley Cup in 2007 – knows what it takes to be a winner, and he’s obviously not seeing anything close to a winning attitude in the moribund Avalanche. It’ll be interesting to see the reaction by his teammates, head coach Joe Sacco and GM Greg Sherman to Giguere’s comments, or if he walks back his statements. Giguere didn’t single out Sacco for criticism, but his remarks could provide fodder for his dismissal as head coach.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: Penguins forward James Neal suffered a concussion after being inadvertently elbowed in the head by NY Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto on Friday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No timetable was given for Neal’s return. At this point, they’re likely hoping he’ll return in time for the upcoming playoffs.
BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres goalie Ryan Miller has stepped up his performance in recent games, keeping his club’s playoff hopes alive. The combination of rest and strong play by backup Jhonas Enroth appears responsible for Miller’s improvement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE:Under former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, Miller rarely had time to rest down the stretch, sometimes resulting in his performance falling off around that period. To be fair, at times Ruff didn’t have the luxury of a decent backup to spell off Miller.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Patrick Sharp traveled with the Blackhawks to Minnesota and could be in the lineup for their game tonight against the Wild.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Daniel Briere practiced with the club on Monday for the first time since suffering a concussion on March 23, and could return to the lineup on Saturday.
MIAMI HERALD: Goaltender Jose Theodore has returned to practice with the Florida Panthers after tearing two groin muscles on March 2, and hopes to get in some playing time before season’s end.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Nearly a week after being traded by the Ottawa Senators to the Tampa Bay Lightning, goalie Ben Bishop could be between the pipes against his former team tonight.
DETROIT NEWS: With the Red Wings clinging to eighth overall in the Western Conference, their hopes of making the playoffs for a 22nd straight season may be in jeopardy.