This marks the second time Lucky Lou has fired the coach just prior to the playoffs. Did it back in 2000 when he fired Robbie Ftorek with 8 games left and replaced him with Larry Robinson. That team ended up winning the Stanley Cup that year. Whether lightning can strike twice......
With the Pens and Devils locked in a tight race for the Atlantic Division, Lou probably did this to light a fire under the collective asses of the team (even though they've been playing well as of late). At one point, NJ
was 10 points ahead of the Pens in the standings and looked to have the division sown up and looked to be giving Buffalo a run for the Eastern Conference lead as well. With the deals the Pens did at the deadline (something NJ
couldn't do because they are hugging the salary cap) that set them in motion to either take the division or do some damage in the first round.