But Florida coach Gerard Gallant — who’s paired Gudbranson with veteran Willie Mitchell in a shutdown role — definitely likes what he’s been seeing this season.
“I think Gudbranson has been outstanding this year, really has played well,” Gallant told the Miami Herald. “I think he has been great, is happy with his role playing against the best players. He’s a fifth-year player. You look at him as a veteran player who is playing very well.”
Dave Cameron doesn’t like the forecast for his Ottawa Senators.
“Right now I feel like the weatherman,” the coach told reporters today, per TSN’s Brent Wallace. “When you got something planned and you turn on the TV and the weatherman is all talking about how sunny it is, everybody is happy, they listen, they turn it up. When the weatherman forecasts there’s a storm on the horizon, they change the channel.
“Well, if we don’t fix our game, a storm is coming.”
That storm may actually have already arrived, based on the Sens’ four-game winless streak. On Saturday, they lost 4-1 at home to Arizona. They’ve allowed 11 goals in their last three games combined, all at home.
“It wears on you. Fans come and they pay their money and they want to see wins and not 4-1 losses,” forward Bobby Ryantold the Associated Press. “You can’t stay in the hunt losing points at home, especially when you’re on a homestand and you haven’t found a way to get anything out of it.”
The Sens (3-3-2) host Calgary Wednesday then travel to Detroit for a game Friday.
— Mike Smith for the Coyotes versus James Reimer for the Leafs, whose goaltending has really let them down this season. Reimer has an .890 save percentage, while Jonathan Bernier‘s is only marginally better at .902.
Bruce Boudreau was channeling Annie today as his struggling Anaheim Ducks prepared to face the Blackhawks tonight at United Center.
“Every day’s a new day,” Boudreau said, per the Sun-Times. “The sun’s still coming up even if it is in Chicago in October/early November. You look for the positives in everything, and you’re not sitting around being gloomy. Today, I talked to them about how great it is to be a hockey player. We’re so lucky, so blessed to do this job that we love, rather than doing things that are forced upon you. And we have to play with that. We have to play with that enthusiasm.”
No word if Boudreau has ever “seen a bunch of guys look so [expletive] down when something bad happens,” but the Ducks sure didn’t look too cheerful Saturday in Minnesota, where they were shut out for the fourth time season.
— Mike Green is out 2-3 weeks with an upper-body injury. That means he’s likely to miss the Nov. 10 game against his former team, the Washington Capitals.
— Kyle Quincey (concussion) is out through the weekend. Detroit hosts Carolina tomorrow, Ottawa Friday, then plays in Ottawa Saturday.
— Brad Richards is spending today seeing a specialist in New York about his lower-back issue. The injury is not believed to be serious, according to GM Ken Holland, but the club will err on the side of caution.
— Pavel Datsyuk practiced a bit with the team today, but left halfway through the skate. Don’t expect him back until next month.