Mikhail Grigorenko News: Grigorenko was a healthy scratch for Friday's game against Toronto.
Grigorenko was a healthy scratch for Friday's game against Toronto.
Analysis: This is noteworthy because it's the first game of the Ted Nolan Era, Part II, and the new coach has picked his initial lineup sans Grigorenko. Nolan is known for getting the most effort out of his players, but he's also pretty intolerant over guys who can't keep up. Based on some of Grigorenko's struggles winning over the previous regime, the talented Russian may need to go all out to make a good impression on his new coach. That said, if he learns to listen to Nolan, Grigorenko is just the type of skilled player that could become productive under Nolan's preferred style of up-tempo, exciting play.