Peter Chiarelli did not feel that he could wait another day.

After another defeat, do not sleep well, set the wheels in motion to replace coach Todd McLellan with Ken Hitchcock, and make the move on Tuesday – a game day. With no changes to the season for the NHL last season, there were four in less than three weeks.

The table is still so tight and volatile that it's almost never too early to fire an NHL coach. [19659008] "Unfortunately, that's the way it is," Chiarelli said. "The margins are thin and you're looking for edges, and that's one of them."

Los Angeles fired John Stevens on November 4, Chicago fired three-time Stanley Cup winner Joel Quenneville two days later, St. Louis dismissed Mike Yeo. Late Monday, Edmonton followed with McLellan on Tuesday morning. The Kings had played 13 games, the Blackhawks 15, the Blues 19 and the Oilers 20, but it's no surprise to see such a drastic move ahead of the quarter total of the season.

Hall of Fame's Scott of Stevens defender An NHL Network analyst, won the Stanley Cup after a late-season change and took on the position of co-head coach for New Jersey in the 2014-15 season. He said he was only surprised by Quenneville's shot and understood why so many GMs are withdrawing so early.

"I think the GM often has the pulse of everything that happens and knows when it's time to take that step," Stevens said. "I think every team thinks they have a chance to win the Stanley Cup … Everyone thinks they have a chance to win, and sometimes you just need a little luck."

Or at least a big change. [19659008] "They can not swap every player, so they shoot the coach to get everyone's attention," said NBC sports analyst Pierre McGuire.

The calendar caught the attention of Chiarelli, because Thanksgiving usually serves as a barometer for the teams playing the playoffs. For Hitchcock, the Kings & # 39; Willie Desjardins, the Blackhawks & # 39; Jeremy Colliton and the Blues & Craig Berube it's a steep climb to try to get their teams out of rough starts and make it.

Sometimes interim or reserve coaches are extremely successful on their arrival during the season The Penguins 2009 with Dan Bylsma and 2016 with Mike Sullivan and the Kings 2014 with Darryl Sutter won the trophy. The Flyers in 2010 with Peter Laviolette reached the final.

McGuire, himself a successor to the Hartford Whalers in the 1990s, said he believes this latest series of kills has something to do with reaching the last past Vegas season as an expansion team, causing frustration in the league over quick results , Nevertheless, the ignitions of coaches at the beginning of the season are a proven part of the NHL.

"People are looking at this throughout history and say this can happen, and Pittsburgh and LA are good examples."

UPPER HAND SHORTHANDED

The Arizona Coyotes have killed 91.7 percent of the power games, and their ten short-handed goals are six more than the nearest team. Michael Grabner has four, Brad Richardson three and Arizona has allowed only five power play goals in his first 19 games.

Coach Rick Tocchet said Grabner, Richardson and his other penalties had put pressure on three players and the fourth was making smart reading to take it the other way.

"Especially for PK guys, they really have a good hockey IQ when they know when to attack pressure," Tocchet said. "The guys, like Richardson and Grabner in particular, have done a good job of doing really good readings when it's time to put pressure and where that reading is going to take place, sometimes you guess wrong, but I think we've got one this year Good work, good guessing. "

GAME OF THE WEEK

Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, who defends on Saturday night, visits the New York Rangers, who were among the league's biggest league fans under coach David Quinn's first year ,

LEADERS (until Monday)

Objectives: David Pastrnak (Boston), 17; Supported: Mikko Rantanen (Colorado), 24; Points: Rantanen, 32; Ice Age: Drew Doughty (Los Angeles), 26:53; Save percentage: Pekka Rinne (Nashville), 942; Goals on average: gutter, 1.69.

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