Life can be stressful for NHL coaches. You can draw up the X's and O's, prepare your team, match up your lines and it still may not matter.
Coaches don't miss assignments or let weak goals squeak through their five-hole. Yet, they get the blame and usually end up paying for it with their jobs.
Each year there are coaches who are feeling the pressure. Their coaching seat is heating up.
Some may survive the season while others may get the plug pulled half way through it.
Any coach feeling safe should realize that there are seven new coaches taking over teams this season. That's seven coaches that are taking over jobs that someone else lost, for whatever reason.
There are many reasons, and it isn't always fair. But it is a fact of NHL life.
Here are the 10 coaches most likely to be on the hot seat. A lot of these guys may survive, but chances are, some of them will be looking for new work after the 2011-2012 NHL season.
How do you feel about your team's coach?