NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 12, 2018
Game recaps, Hurricanes have a new majority owner plus latest on Victor Hedman, Aleksander Barkov and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Johnny Gaudreau score one goal and set up another to lead the Calgary Flames to 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Flames extended their win streak to five games.
It was a costly defeat for the Lightning as defenseman Victor Hedman left the game in the second period following a knee-to-knee collision with Flames forward Garnet Hathaway. An update on Hedman’s status is expected today.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could be a serious injury, as Hedman had to be helped from the ice and didn’t return. If it’s as bad as it looked he could be sidelined for weeks.
Third-period goals by Victor Rask and Sebastian Aho lifted the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals, snapping the latter’s 10-game home-winning streak.
Goaltender Linus Ullmark made 44 saves in his season debut with the Buffalo Sabres, backstopping them to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Sabres forwards Jack Eichel and Kyle Okposo each had a goal and an assist.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes have a new majority owner, as billionaire Thomas Dundon officially took over 61 percent ownership of the franchise on Thursday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see what changes Dundon brings to a franchise that’s been in serious need of improvement for nearly a decade. What he won’t be doing is relocating the club. He said he likes the direction of the club right now under general manager Ron Francis and head coach Bill Peters.
AZCENTRAL.COM: Despite yet another losing season, the Arizona Coyotes ticket sales are up five percent over last season. The club’s television ratings have also improved by 13 percent while merchandise sales rose by over eight percent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Imagine how much higher those numbers could rise if this club finally starts winning.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Being selected as the Florida Panthers representative to the 2018 NHL All-Star Game is a long-overdue honor for forward Aleksander Barkov.
TSN: Vancouver Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev lost six and a half teeth when he was struck in the face by a puck during Saturday’s loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
NBC SPORTS: The United States Army “has officially filed a notice of opposition against Black Knight Sports and Entertainment over the use of the name “Golden Knights”, which is also the name of the Army’s parachute team.
TSN: Former NHL enforcer Matt Johnson was jailed on Dec. 31 on a charge of felony vandalism. The NHL Players Association is attempting to help him with his defense. Johnson was recently the subject of a TSN documentary covering his post-career struggles with mental illness and substance abuse.