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.)
- ‘Almost like a game seven tonight’ for Bruins, Panthers 13
- Report: Warrant issued for Deveaux’s arrest following Swedish league attack 47
- How bad are things for the Kings after Monday? 19
- Lightning clinch playoff berth, but did they lose Hedman? 9
- Blackhawks tease good injury news for Kane 8
- Tough times in Tampa: Garrison out 3-4 weeks after ‘pretty dirty’ Abdelkader hit 22
- Playoff watch — what the bubble teams need to do 29
- NHL on NBCSN: Stakes high for Kings, ‘Hawks tonight 21
- Blackhawks’ Sharp: ‘We knew we had to get two points’ 12
- Video: Brian Engblom takes a puck to the head 13