NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 11, 2017
Game recaps, notable injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Following an emotional pregame ceremony honoring the victims and first responders of the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, the Vegas Golden Knight got their first home-ice victory in franchise history by defeating the Arizona Coyotes 5-2. The Knights scored four times in the first period, with Tomas Nosek tallying the club’s first-ever home-ice goal. James Neal also scored twice for the Knights, who become the first expansion team in NHL history to open their inaugural season with three straight wins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Golden Knights aren’t expected to be a playoff contender this season, but they’re sending a message that they will be competitive.
After blowing a 3-0 lead to fall behind the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3, the Nashville Predators rallied for a 6-5 victory. Filip Forsberg scored twice, including the game winner with seconds remaining in regulation. Teammate Scott Hartnell also tallied twice, as did Flyers forward Valtteri Filppula.
The St. Louis Blues ran their record to 4-0 by downing the New York Rangers 3-1. Blues goalie Carter Hutton made 32 saves, half of those in the third period. Blues defenseman Robert Bortozzo was recently fined over $3,000.00 by the department of player safety for cross-checking New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson during a previous game. Before this game, the Rangers demoted center Filip Chytil to their AHL affiliate in Hartford and released forward Andrew Desjardins from his professional tryout offer.
Columbus Blue Jackets rookie Sonny Milano scored both of his club’s goals in their 2-1 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes were playing without defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who’s sidelined with a concussion.
Rookie Alex Debrincat scored his first NHL goal and set up another as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1. In their first four games, the punchless Canadiens have managed only five goals.
Mattias Janmark and John Klingberg each had a goal and an assist as the Dallas Stars doubled up the Detroit Red Wings 4-2.
Mark Stone’s shootout goal lifted the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
TWINCITIES.COM: Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Grandlund will be sidelined four games with a groin injury.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins had an uneventful visit to the White House yesterday to commemorate their 2017 Stanley Cup championship.
BOSTON HERALD: The Bruins signed forward Ryan White to a PTO.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The recent wildfires in the Anaheim Hills had several members of the Ducks forced to evacuate their homes. None of their dwellings were damaged and the evacuation orders has been lifted for their area.
NEWSDAY: New York Islanders co-owner Jonathan Ledecky said his club’s sole focus is on building a new arena in Belmont Park. The club is currently in negotiation with Barclays Center to modify their 25-year lease. Both sides can opt out of the agreement in January. The Isles will continue playing there through 2018-19.
HOUSTON BUSINESS JOURNAL: Tilman Fertitta, the new owner of the Houston Rockets, isn’t ruling out interest in bringing an NHL franchise to Houston’s Toyota Center.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the current arena impasse between the city of Calgary and the Flames persists, don’t be surprised if Houston starts getting mentioned as a possible destination.