Vote: Which NHL team should be at 'red alert?'
Just 1 game into the season, but some teams have big questions to answer
It may only be a single game into the NHL season, but since it's a compressed schedule, some teams may have the urge to shake things up after a bumpy start to the season, whether through a trade, firing or benching.
While it's understandable that no one wants to be thought of as a hasty decision-maker, here's a look at some teams that may have a major cause for concern after Game 1 in a 48-game season:
The goaltending carousel that spun round and round in the playoffs over the last two seasons was supposed to have to come to a complete halt. Not so fast, kids, the ride ain't over. Cory Schneider was yanked from the game in the second period of a 7-3 loss to the Ducks, after surrendering five goals on 14 shots.
Ugly stat: Schneider surrendered two goals 11 seconds apart.
Detroit Red Wings
Can you pin a 6-0 loss on the absence of a single player? Well, not usually (unless your net is occupied by a goalie stick taped to the crossbar), but what if that player is Nicklas Lidstrom? The Red Wings were definitely out of sorts without their former captain in the lineup, taking a crushing loss to the St. Louis Blues.
Ugly stat: Combined shots on goal by Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg: 0
Los Angeles Kings
The Stanley Cup hangover wasn't supposed to be a problem this year because a) L.A. had an extra three months to sleep it off and b) they were the first No. 8 seed to win the Cup. No matter. Going down 4-0 early in the second period to Chicago is no way to make a statement that you're ready to defend the title.
Ugly stat: Jonathan Quick's save percentage: .773
The Staal brothers unite! Alex Semin joined the team looking for a fresh start! A 5-1 loss to the Florida Panthers! How do you spell the sound of air being let out of a balloon? Never mind, it's best to just say the 'Canes stumbled out of the gate with a 'thud.'
Ugly stat: It's a tie between Cam Ward giving up four goals on 12 shots and centres Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal held pointless and a combined minus-four.
So, now it's up to you, fans. Which team (and their general manager) should be jamming on this button:
Vote in our poll and have your say in the comment section about what you think should be done with that team — whether it's a trade, demotion, coaching change or promotion from the minors, it's your turn to play the GM.