Â• There is no doubt Lou Lamoriello’s last-minute coaching switches have paid off over the years for the Devils.
But what would the fallout be if, starting tonight against Ottawa, New Jersey fails to win a single game and gets swept in the first round of the playoffs? Does anyone really believe Lamoriello would be shown the door by Devils ownership? And if someone does believe that, has he or she been tested for hallucinogens?
Â• The Canadiens could very well make the post-season, but there has to be concern over the treatment captain Saku Koivu received in Montreal’s 4-3 win over Buffalo Saturday.
Koivu, the team’s leading scorer who averages more than 18 minutes a game this season, played only 11 minutes against the Sabres and sat on the bench for the final four minutes of the night. Throwing him off his game could come back to haunt the Habs in the playoffs.
Â• The IIHF World Women’s Championship kicks off today in Winnipeg and runs through next Tuesday.
Starting Friday, The Hockey News.com will have exclusive diary entries from both the U.S. and Canadian teams, with Canada’s Jennifer Botterill and 2007 Patty Kazmaier Award-winner Julie Chu providing their thoughts as the tournament unfolds.
Â• The Flames and Avalanche haven’t played in three weeks and Colorado is on the brink of playoff elimination, but I’m looking forward to their game in Calgary tonight more than any of Tuesday’s Eastern Conference matchups.
There’s just something about a showdown between two teams whose sole focus Â– beside the teams they’ve both been running roughshod over Â– has been each other. Should be a barnburner.