After a good start, the young Avs have stumbled, particularly on home ice, where they have a League-worst 4-9-0 record. The club's current 10-13-1 record comes on the heels of last season's second-half free fall.
If Sacco had a Stanley Cup on his coaching resume or a long-term deal in his back pocket (Anaheim's Randy Carlyle has both), I think he'd have a better chance for survival. With neither, he's an easy target.
If the Avs can't put together some wins on the back-end of their current eight-game homestand (so far, they're 2-3-0), GM Greg Sherman will be pushed to pull the trigger.
Getting those wins won't be easy, as they face the Devils, Blues and Wings before heading out on a tour of Western Canada. I wouldn't be surprised if Sacco doesn't make that flight.
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"That's a play that happens every game," Crosby said. "As you mentioned, it's something that's probably analyzed a little more because it's me.
"Obviously, Nick wasn't happy about it after the game and he let that be known. I don't think that play is talked about if it's a different night, different teams and different players.
"I was surprised to be talking about it three days after the fact, but that happens sometimes. But, no, I wouldn't change anything. I knew what I was doing. I got my hands up. I got a penalty that I deserved, but I was willing to do that because he'd come in contact with the goalie a few times, so … no, I wouldn't change anything."
SOG: 55 | +/-: -8
In the end, there's no deal. After all, Iginla does have a no-trade clause, so he controls his fate.
That storyline is playing out again after the Flames' 9-12-1 start. While some reports indicate Iginla finally might entertain the idea of a move, other sources say he remains committed to staying in Calgary.
Either way, I have a feeling the no-trade result will be the same for one simple reason: There's no one in the Flames' organization (from ownership down) that wants to be linked to a deal that sends the franchise icon out of town. That would take bold and courageous leadership from the highest levels of the organization.
In recent games, Backes has been leading in a very important way -- scoring big goals.
On Sunday in Columbus, Backes snapped a 1-1 tie at the 7:49 mark of the third period with a power-play goal, lifting the Blues to another victory.
Two days earlier, against the Flames in St. Louis, Backes tallied the game-winner with an individual shorthanded effort. I think you need to see this kind of effort. Take a look: Blues vs. Flames 11/25/2011
Surprisingly, the Coyotes are allowing the most shots per game (32.9). That's just another testimony to the good work being done by new Phoenix goalie Mike Smith, who's making everyone in the desert forget about the departed Ilya Bryzgalov.
That's right -- he's been even or better in every game to date. Seguin has been a plus player in 11 games, while finishing even in the other 11.
Now, the plus/minus stat isn't the ultimate way to judge a skater's play. There are many reasons why a player could have a good or bad plus/minus number. Still, I'm pretty impressed when a second-year player can run through 22 games without having one minus night.
Sometime -- maybe real soon -- Seguin is going to have one of those games. In the big picture, though, this 19-year-old quickly is living up to all the hype that surrounded his draft year. If you weren't sure, Seguin is on the fast track to becoming a franchise player.
Shots: - | +/-: -
At this point, the Habs aren't saying when Markov could return to active duty, but by the looks of things, he's pretty close. When healthy, the under-appreciated Markov can be a difference maker on the blue line.
In his absence, the Habs have gotten big-time defensive contributions from budding star P.K. Subban, who is averaging a team-high 23:46 of ice time per game, and steady, competitive Josh Gorges, who has piled up a club-leading plus-10 rating.
The former Boston College star has backstopped the Canucks to four straight victories, surrendering just three goals in that span -- that's good for a 0.74 goals-against average and a silly-good .975 save percentage.
On the season, Schneider is 6-4-0 with a 2.01 GAA and a .931 save percentage.
With Luongo locked up on a long-term deal that doesn't expire until the end of the 2021-22 season, Schneider figures to be interesting trade bait at some point. Of course, Canucks GM Mike Gillis could try to find a taker for Luongo's long-term deal.
For now, however, Gillis and his team are reaping the benefits of having such a talented second goaltender for just such circumstances.
When the Isles score three or more goals, they're 5-0-2, tallying 23 goals in the club's six victories.
In their other 15 games, the Isles have managed a total of just 18 goals. That's barely more than a goal per game. Not surprisingly, they're 0-10-5 in those games.
Entering Tuesday's game against the Sabres in Buffalo, the Islanders are averaging a League-low 1.95 goals per game.
In its 14 victories, the Wild have allowed an average of 1.23 goals against.
After surrendering a combined 10 goals in back-to-back losses to the Oilers and Flames, the Wild got back on track with a 3-1 win against the visiting Lightning on Monday night.
For Minny, the numbers don't lie. When the Wild shut it down defensively, they have a better chance to win. So far, they've done a pretty good job following that game plan.
No doubt, Burke would like to have at least one playoff appearance under his belt in Toronto by now. After a tough start to his tenure, he seems to have the Leafs on the right track to snap a six-year Stanley Cup Playoff drought.
A 5-2 win Sunday against the Ducks in Anaheim moved the Leafs back into first place in the Northeast Division, a point ahead of the red-hot defending champion Bruins. Burke's team plays its next two games against Boston.