SAN JOSE, Calif. — So the question to Alain Vigneault off Saturday’s 3-0 victory in Los Angeles where the reunited Michael Grabner-Kevin Hayes-J.T. Miller unit generated a consistent ground game below the hash marks with a quick, effective forecheck that created several glorious opportunities was whether he believes Miller and Hayes are better when together. And the response provided by the coach was as indirectly direct an explanation as to why from time to time he feels the need to break up the young Americans, even when it doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense to much of the outside world. “It depends on what your definition of playing better is,” Vigneault said before Sunday’s loss in
There probably hasn’t been enough made about the Dallas Stars’ unmitigated disaster of a season, going from 109 points and a division title to 73 points in 75 games thus far. Lambert took a hard look at what the Stars could and should do on the ice this offseason, but what about behind the bench? When the local media treat the firing of a head coach as a formality, one trends to treat it as such.
Logan Couture took a puck to the face Saturday in Nashville, forcing him to leave an eventual 7-2 loss to the Predators — and leave it without all his teeth. Today, the San Jose forward is seeing the dentist. The hope, according to head coach Pete DeBoer, is that Couture’s injury isn’t as serious as initially feared. “You see him the next day, the swelling wasn’t as bad as we thought,” DeBoer said Monday, per CSN Bay Area. “He’s seeing the dentist today, and going to have some dental work done. But, I think the initial prognosis is that we feel pretty fortunate that with the amount of damage compared to what it could have been.” The slumping Sharks, losers of six straight, have seven games left