Dec 21, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT
Dustin Penner had a nice run outside of Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau’s doghouse, but it looks like he’s back in there.
Penner and Hampus Lindholm were surprise scratches (along with Teemu Selanne, who presumably is just getting his agreed-upon rest) on Saturday against the New York Islanders, the OC Register’s Eric Stephens points out.
Penner, 31, saw some time on the Ducks’ fourth line on Friday, only logging 11:44 of ice time last night. His production has definitely suffered lately after putting together the kind of work that was making him seem like one of the best steals in free agency; Penner only has one goal and zero assists in his past six games. For that reason, Stephens might be right in assuming that this is a motivational ploy from Boudreau.
(Stephens points out that Lindholm, 19, may merely be getting rest like Selanne.)
- Comeback fit for a King: Lundqvist, Rangers even series in Game 4 12
- WATCH LIVE: Rangers at Lightning, Game 4 of Eastern Conference Final 6
- Fetisov wants to restrict young Russians from playing in the NHL 38
- All eyes on Lundqvist 10
- Quenneville opted for ‘fresh legs’ by inserting Nordstrom, Versteeg into lineup 12
- Video: Ducks hold off Blackhawks in Game 3 to take series lead 30
- (Video) PHT Extra: On Babcock, sticking to the process and housebuilding analogies 3
- Babcock predicts ‘pain’ for Leafs, who are a ‘massive, massive challenge’ 39
- Babcock wants to ‘put Canada’s team back on the map’ 48
- Flyers won’t trade Del Zotto, but ‘something will have to give’ on crowded blue line 26
- Reports: Sabres thought they had a deal with Babcock, aren’t happy (172)
- Leafs land Babcock with reported 8-year deal, estimated at $50 million (130)
- Russia to be punished for ‘completely out of order’ actions after Worlds final loss to Canada (91)
- Report: Sabres negotiating with Babcock (82)
- What’s wrong with Lundqvist? (70)