There's a few tidbits going around today in NHL news, so it would be worthwhile to share them.
Dancing With The Devil
The Canucks host the Devils Tuesday night, who are on a road trip through Western Canada at the moment. Faced with the back-to-back game situation, head coach Pete DeBoer has revealed that Cory Schneider will be starting in net against his former Vancouver team. Martin Brodeur will take on the Oilers tonight.
Another One Bites The Dust
After starting the season with 3 straight losses, the Flyers have fired head coach Peter Laviolette. Lavy's assistant coach Craig Berube is taking over the head role. Despite giving Laviolette the vote of confidence back in the beginning of September, team chairman Ed Snider said the following today:
"Training camp was a disaster," he said. "I've been at 47 training camps and I've never seen one that I thought was worse. Now that's not talking about Peter, that's talking about our players. And it carried right on over to the first three games of the season."
Yikes. Who would've thought the first coach firing would happen in the first week of the season? If things don't improve quickly with Derube, expect GM Paul Holmgren to find his own head on the chopping block.
A Few Timbits To Round It Out
- Ryan Callahan is expected to return from injury tonight, suiting up for the Rangers as they take on the Kings. Also on the return from injury front, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be returning to the Oilers lineup tonight against New Jersey.
- Alex Ovechkin, Lars Eller and Marc-Andre Fleury were selected as the NHL's 3 Stars of the past week.
- Over at Pension Plan Puppets, SkinnyFish takes a statistical look at whether or not fights during hockey games deter other nasty penalties.
- John Tortorella doesn't care what the CBC has to say about him, and Elliotte Friedman says that Glenn Healy (among others) is acting like a 14-year-old girl.
- The Ducks played the Jets last night, and the Winnipeg crowds showed their appreciation for Teemu Selanne one more time.
- Finally, a quick postgame celebration clip from the Canucks game last night, as Mike Santorelli is pulled away from the group for an interview: