Despite coaching changes, Capitals, Hurricanes lose again…Former Capitals coach denies rift with Ovechkin…Yzerman returns to Detroit for first time since becoming Lightning GM…Devils trying to find right role for Kovalchuk…Seguin emerging as a star…Rangers’ Staal returns to the ice…Sharks could shake up lines…Lecavalier, St. Louis share rarity…Predators lose again.
WASHINGTON POST/RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER: The NHL head coaching debuts of Washington’s Dale Hunter and Carolina’s Kirk Muller failed to result in immediate improvements, as the Capitals fell 2-1 to the St. Louis Blues, while the Hurricanes were defeated 3-1 by the Florida Panthers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hunter and Muller need a few games to fully evaluate their rosters in order to address their issues. Don’t expect changes overnight.
ESPN.COM: Former Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau denied rumors of a rift with captain Alexander Ovechkin led to his firing, claiming he got along well with Ovechkin.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Steve Yzerman makes his first return to Detroit since taking over as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Yzerman was the long-time, beloved captain of the Red Wings, leading them to three Stanley Cups, and spent several years with Wings management following his retirement before joining the Lightning in 2010.
NEW YORK POST: The Devils are still struggling to find the right role for Ilya Kovalchuk.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kovalchuk hasn’t come anywhere close to the offensive numbers he used to pile up with the former Atlanta Thrashers, as he continues to adjust to the Devils defensive systems.
BOSTON HERALD: Bruins sophomore Tyler Seguin is maturing into a full-fledged star, leading the Bruins in scoring this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At this time a year ago, Seguin was struggling through his rookie season, leading some Bruins fans to doubt if he’d be a good fit. No one’s doubting him now, as he’s presently on pace for an 85-point performance. He gave glimpses last season and during the Bruins Cup run of what he’s capable of, but this season he’s not just playing up to expectations, he’s exceeding them.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal has returned to the ice for the first time since October 1st, but there remains no timetable for his return to action.
MERCURY NEWS: Lineup changes could be in store for the San Jose Sharks, who’ve managed only three goals over the past three games.
TBO.COM: Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis are among the few current NHL’ers who’ve played ten or more seasons with the same club.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Predators dropped their fifth game in the last six, losing to the Calgary Flames 1-0