Online oddsmaker: Laviolette favored to be fired first


You may think it’s a little early to start betting on the first fired head coach of the NHL season (what with zero games being played so far), but at least one online bookmaker disagrees. Following are Bovada’s odds:

—- Peter Laviolette, Philadelphia Flyers (2/1)
—- Bob Hartley, Calgary Flames (5/2)
—- Kirk Muller, Carolina Hurricanes (3/1)
—- Mike Yeo, Minnesota Wild (4/1)
—- Claude Noel, Winnipeg Jets (9/2)

For what it’s worth, four of the six PHT writers picked Noel as the first canned coach of the season. The other two picked Yeo and Muller.

Regarding Laviolette, obviously there’s a lot of pressure on the coach after the Flyers missed the playoffs last year. But if you believe owner Ed Snider, neither coach nor general manager are “on the hot seat.” (You don’t believe him, do you.)

As for Hartley, he seems like a relative long shot to us, what with expectations being so low in Calgary.

Blues’ Shattenkirk suffers lower-body injury

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This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.

Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.

While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.

There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.

Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.

Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:

It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning


In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.