Capitals can no longer stay the course…Frustration mounting for Ducks…A goalie controversy in Philadelphia?…Del Zotto part of improved Rangers defense…Backes goal helps Blues sink  Blue Jackets…Sabres Stafford struggling…Stars GM trusts goaltending depth…Red Wings Eaves out 6-8 weeks…Wild say goodbye to Derek Boogaard.

WASHINGTON POST: Tarik El-Bashir reports the struggling Capitals cannot simply stay the course, calling on GM George McPhee to make whatever change is necessary to get the club back on track.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It could come down to either replacing Bruce Boudreau as head coach, or shaking up the roster with a trade. McPhee will likely stay patient a little longer, but if the Capitals haven’t made any significant improvement soon, changes – one or the other – will take place.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Frustration is mounting among the Ducks as they dropped their seventh straight with a 5-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: GM Bob Murray supposedly isn’t firing Randy Carlyle as head coach or trading any of his star players to shake things up, so it appears it’s up to the current coach and roster to get their act together to get out of their current funk before their season is irretrievably lost.

Bobrovsky better than Bryzgalov?

PHILLY.COM: Sergei Bobrovsky did something on Saturday high-paid starter Ilya Bryzgalov has yet to do this season: play as the starter in back-to-back games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A goalie controversy in Philly? Wasn’t the Bryzgalov signing supposed to put an end to this sort of thing? Bryzgalov’s a better goalie than his performance this season indicates. Perhaps this will be the “slap-upside” he needs to return to form.

NEW YORK POST: Michael Del Zotto has been the standout among the Rangers improved defense corps in recent weeks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Del Zotto is finally playing up to the expectations the Rangers had for him when he made his debut a couple of seasons ago. His contributions to the Rangers improved defense is why there’s no longer any chatter in the rumor mill of them shopping for a defenseman.

STLTODAY.COM: David Backes potted the power-play game-winner on a behind-the-back pass from T.J. Oshie as the Blues downed the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres winger Drew Stafford is not having a strong foll0w-up performance from his 31-goal effort of last season, with only four thus far this season.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk expressed faith in the goaltenders within his system when asked what his plans might be should starter Kari Lehtonen be sidelined for a lengthy period to a groin injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, Nieuwendyk isn’t going to leap into the trade market for help, at least for the time being, depending on how well backup Andrew Raycroft and whoever is called up as his backup perform during Lehtonen’s absence.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves will miss the next 6-8 weeks to a broken jaw suffered when he was struck on the side of the face by a slapshot during a recent Red Wings-Nashville Predators game.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild officially bade farewell to popular former Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard, who died earlier this year to a mix of alcohol and painkillers, prior to the start of yesterday’s game against the Calgary Flames.