NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 18, 2017
Game recaps plus latest on Wayne Simmonds, Loui Eriksson and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Sidney Crosby scored the game-tying goal and Evgeni Malkin potted the overtime winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the New York Rangers 5-4, pushing the latter’s record to 1-5-1 to open the season. Malkin also collected three assists and Phil Kessel three points, while J.T. Miller also had three points for the Rangers. The Penguins welcomed back defenseman Ian Cole (facial injury) to the lineup but blueliner Matt Hunwick is sidelined with a concussion.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This loss could put pressure upon Rangers management to either shake up the roster or make a coaching change. They cannot afford to slide much further.
Michal Neuvirth kicked out 40 shots while teammates Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere each collected a goal and an assist to give the Philadelphia Flyers a 5-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds left the game for precautionary reasons because of a lower-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An update on Simmonds’ status could be released today. He’s their leading goal scorer so they’ll be hoping his injury isn’t serious.
Frederik Andersen turned in a 30-save performance as the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the Washington Capitals 2-0. Connor Brown and Nazem Kadri scored for the Leafs, giving them a 5-1-0 record.
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov scored for the seventh straight game but it was the New Jersey Devils who emerged from their contest with a 5-4 victory. Kyle Palmieri scored the winner in a shootout and Drew Stafford scored twice for the Devils, who also have a 5-1-0 record. Steven Stamkos had three points for the Lightning.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Devils are among the pleasant early-season surprises. Part of the credit goes to rookies such as Will Butcher, Jesper Bratt and Nico Hischier, who are among the Devils’ leading scorers.
The Vancouver Canucks spoiled the return of Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson with a 3-0 shutout. Anders Nilson make 30 saves and Brock Boeser had a goal and an assist. Earlier in the day, the Canucks announced winger Loui Eriksson will miss four-to-six weeks with a knee sprain.
The Columbus Blue Jackets picked up their fourth straight win by defeating the Winnipeg Jets 5-2. The Jackets also have a 5-1-0 record, matching their best start in franchise history.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jackets have so far proven last season’s 108-point performance was no fluke.
Cam Ward turned aside 48 shots while Jordan Staal had a goal and three assists to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 5-3 win over the struggling Edmonton Oilers, whose record now stands at 1-5-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers entered this season projected as a possible Stanley Cup contender but they’re really struggling at both ends of the ice. Superstar Connor McDavid has six points on the season, but three of those (all goals) came in their season opener against Calgary.
Logan Couture scored twice and set up two others as the San Jose Sharks picked up their second win of the season with a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, extending the latter’s winless streak to five games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The punchless Canadiens (1-4-1) face the LA Kings tonight and Anaheim on Friday. Lose those games and they fall into a very deep early-season hole.
Roman Josi returned to action with the Nashville Predators, scoring a goal and setting up another to lead his club to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The Preds also recalled Frederick Gaudreau and placed Yannick Weber on injured reserve.
The Buffalo Sabres overcame a 4-1 deficit to force overtime before falling to the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 on a goal by David Perron.
Radek Faksa had a goal and an assists as the Dallas Star beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-1, leaving the Coyotes the only winless team (0-5-1) in the league this season.
Red Wings’ Danny DeKeyser out another week, maybe two. When he blocked shot Oct. 10 at Dallas, also rolled ankle, so slight sprain.
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) October 17, 2017
SPORTSNET: The reelection of Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi could ensure talks with the Flames regarding a replacement for the Scotiabank Saddledome remain dicey. The two sides are currently engaged at a standoff over funding for a new arena.
TSN: The NHL could consider adding high-definition security cameras and facial recognition software in league arenas.