NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 7, 2019
Game recaps, waiver updates, latest NHL CBA speculation, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot kicked out 39 shots and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins collected two assists in a 4-0 blanking of the Anaheim Ducks, handing the latter their eighth straight defeat.
Oilers captain Connor McDavid avoided serious injury after being hit from behind by Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm and crashing into the boards in full view of the referee, who made no call on the play. McDavid was able to continue the game. The Oilers also welcomed back defenseman Kris Russell, returning from a groin injury that sidelined him since Dec. 11.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lindholm isn’t a dirty player and I doubt he intended to drill McDavid into the boards like that, but why the hit didn’t get whistled for at least a minor penalty is beyond me. And no, I’m not saying that because it’s McDavid. The NHL is supposed to be cracking down on dangerous hits like that.
Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane collected three assists to lead his club to a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, snapping the latter’s eight-game win streak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t look now but the Blackhawks are showing signs of life, winning six of their last 10 games. With 39 points, they’re six points out of a playoff berth in the Western Conference.
The Ottawa Senators suffered their eighth straight loss, falling 5-4 to the Carolina Hurricanes. Justin Williams broke a 4-4 tie in the third period while teammates Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen, and Justin Faulk each had two-point performances. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Senators in his first game since injuring his Achilles tendon in training camp.
Max Pacioretty tallied the game-winning goal as the Vegas Golden Knights edged the New Jersey Devils 3-2 to pick up their sixth straight win. Golden Knights goalie Malcolm Subban made 36 saves. Speaking of the Golden Knights, they’re being well-represented by their fans in road games, in part because of high ticket prices at their home games.
Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper had a 23-save shutout effort in a 5-0 victory over the New York Rangers. Teammate Conor Garland scored twice. The Rangers played without center Kevin Hayes, who’s day-to-day suffering the nagging effects of an undisclosed injury suffered in practice on Dec. 14.
The Winnipeg Jets scored five unanswered goals to down the Dallas Stars 5-1. Bryan Little and Josh Morrissey each had a goal and an assist for the Jets.
Third-period goals by Travis Boyd and Michal Kempny lifted the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
IN OTHER NEWS…
SPORTSNET: Nick Kypreos reported on Saturday the NHL and NHLPA could discuss the collective bargaining agreement when they meet this week in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show. He said the PA is likely to make an offer to the league within the next couple of weeks to extend the current agreement. Getting some relief from escrow claw-backs from their salaries is a priority for the players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This month could prove crucial in determining if the league or the PA opt out of the current agreement in September. That would bring the current CBA to an end in September 2020, which is also when the league apparently intends to stage the next World Cup of Hockey.
The NHL reportedly needs to know by the end of this month if the PA is willing to agree to participate in the tournament. If they do, it could signal that a new CBA could be implemented before then or that both sides won’t take the early exit from the current deal.
Los Angeles Kings forward Nikita Scherbak, Florida Panthers defenseman Chris Wideman, and St. Louis Blues defenseman Jordan Schmaltz were placed on waivers yesterday.