Well, we’re just around 10 games into the NHL season and we’ve already got a few head coaches on the hot seat. One is on the hot seat because his team is underachieving, and the other because his team is worse than you could ever imagine.
Meanwhile, Brady Tkachuk decided to take his frustrations out on Saturday night on…the fans.
With the Avalanche, we took a look back at the horrific loss to the Golden Knights, although I don’t blame you if you want to look away.
All that and more in this Monday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
Was Saturday the worst game Valeri Nichushkin has played with the Avalanche? I’d say so.
Nichushkin had the turnover, but he was far from the only reason that ugly third goal happened for Vegas. A lot of things went wrong for the Avalanche leading up to the turnover.
On Monday, the Avalanche will be back at practice, and I’m going to go over some reasons for optimism, and some reasons for concern after 10 games.
Around The NHL
Well, when your team gives up 10 goals in back-to-back games, it’s easy to understand why your job security might not be great. Still, if I was the San Jose Sharks, would I even want to make a change? The team is really bad, and that’s probably what they expected this season. I don’t think David Quinn is a very good coach, but I’m not sure they should be looking to make a change.
In Edmonton, things have been so bad for the Oilers that they’re already talking about Jay Woodcroft‘s job being in jeopardy. Again, it’s easy to blame the coach, but their goaltending is horrid, and Connor McDavid has looked human this year. I’m not sure how much a coaching change will improve their goaltending.
It’s just a matter of time before the Ottawa Senators make a coaching change (Hello, Patrick Roy), but in the meantime, Brady Tkachuk took his frustration out on the fans Saturday after they were booed at home.
“It’s frustrating and whenever you don’t win it’s frustrating,” Tkachuk said. “It’s frustrating, the negativity from the outside, the constant booing and the bulls–t, kind of, from the crowd tonight.
Ottawa just perpetually disappoints. That team has a lot of talent, but can’t seem to get over the edge, and now they’re dealing with constant adversity. I would love to see Roy end up there.
National Hockey Now
Are the Pittsburgh Penguins too much for their own good?
Brad Marchand shouldn’t be afraid of Ryan Reaves. No one should be, really. Not when he spends 90% of the game on the bench.
One night after beating down the Avalanche, the Vegas Golden Knights lost in regulation to the Ducks. Now, there are no more unbeaten NHL teams in regulation.
Help is on the way for the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Chicago Blackhawks are supposed to be cellar dwellers again this year, but they’re still trying to hold everyone to a certain standard.