NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 4, 2017
Game recaps plus latest on Steven Stamkos, Carey Price and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Connor McDavid collected three assists and Cam Talbot picked up his 100th career victory as the Edmonton Oilers downed the New Jersey Devils 6-3, snapping the latter’s three-game winning streak. The Devils were playing without forward Marcus Johanssen, who is sidelined indefinitely with a concussion.
Pekka Rinne made 35 saves and Roman Josi had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Earlier in the day, the Ducks placed goaltender Reto Berra on waivers.
TSN: Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn and New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes were each fined $5,000.00 for unsportsmanlike conduct during their game on Thursday. Hayes sprayed Killorn with water from the Rangers’ bench before a faceoff, prompting Killorn to jab Hayes with his stick. Stamkos sprayed water in the direction of the Rangers bench after Killorn received a slashing minor.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Childish behavior in the NHL can be costly, though considering how much these players make, those fines are more of a minor irritant. Kinda like if the average fan got a $50.00 fine.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is suffering from a “minor lower-body injury” and won’t play in tonight’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. Price has a history of knee problems, which could explain his poor start to this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Price hasn’t looked good since backstopping the Habs to their season-opening win over the Buffalo Sabres a month ago. That’s prompted speculation over why he’s struggling this season. A nagging injury would explain why his side-to-side movement has slowed.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: After 11 seasons as the Carolina Hurricanes’ starting goaltender, Cam Ward is adjusting well to being Scott Darling’s backup.
NBC SPORTS: Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser was diagnosed with “an incurable form of cancer call essential thrombocythemia, a rare chronic blood disorder.” Fraser is treating his condition with blood thinners to prevent a blood clot causing a heart attack or stroke.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My best wishes to Fraser. Here’s hoping he can successfully deal with this condition.