Avalanche edge the Penguins, Sharks down the Red Wings, plus the latest on Corey Crawford, Jarome Iginla, Matt Read, Michael Grabner and more.
DENVER POST: J.S. Giguere made 34 saves and Gabriel Landeskog scored the game’s only goal as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0, pushing their record to 8-1-0. The Avalanche were without forward Cody McLeod, who was suspended five games for boarding Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An impressive performance by Giguere and a big win for the Avs, though once again they were out-shot by a big margin (34-14). It’s not a big deal now while the Avs are winning, but could become a significant issue as the season progresses.
MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks remain the NHL’s only unbeaten (in regulation) team, downing the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 in a shootout. The Sharks also acquired rugged forward Mike Brown from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2014 draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg for the Brown trade link. The Sharks are red hot to start this season but they must guard against a lengthy letdown similar to what they faced after a strong start to last season. Some folks wondered why they dealt for Brown, but after losing Dan Boyle to injury from an illegal hit, I think Sharks management felt the need to add some muscle.
CHICAGO DAILY HERALD: Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford isn’t experiencing any Stanley Cup hangover, opening this season with a 4-1-2 record, a 2.07 GAA and .922 SP.
CSNNE.COM: Neither the Boston Bruins or Jarome Iginla are concerned over the 36-year-old winger’s slow start to this season. Iginla leads the Bruins in shots but is still searching for his first goal of the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla always starts slowly. If he’s still struggling to score by mid-season, that’s the time to get concerned.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Struggling Flyers forward Matt Read leads the Flyers in shots (24) but has yet to tally his first point.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One gets the sense when Read finally gets his first point the rest will start coming in bunches.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: The Islanders have lost defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky to injury (concussion) and forward Michael Grabner to a two-game suspension for a high hit on Carolina’s Nathan Gerbe.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim, sidelined for the past 18 months, is close to returning to action.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Panthers coach Kevin Dineen recently expressed frustration over Bergenheim’s slow recovery. Given the recent rumors about the Panthers possibly shedding some veteran’s salaries, perhaps Bergenheim gets shopped if he has a healthy return.
TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild have the dubious honor of possessing the second-worst penalty kill in the league.
NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL teams will be recapped in Canadian Corner.