NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – January 8, 2019
The game recaps feature three shutouts, plus the three stars of the week, Carey Price drops out of the 2019 All-Star Game, and more in today’s NHL morning headlines.
NHL.COM: Calgary Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau scored twice as his club edged the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3. Gaudreau has collected 13 points in his last five games.
Speaking of Gaudreau, he led the NHL’s three stars for the week ending January 6, 2019. San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns and New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner were the second and third stars.
The Minnesota Wild shut out the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 as a brutal turnover by Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry set the stage for Wild center Mikael Granlund’s winning goal. Canadiens captain Shea Weber left the game after taking a puck to the face but is expected to return to the lineup for tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.
Speaking of the Canadiens, goaltender Carey Price will skip the 2019 All-Star Game as he deals with a nagging lower-body injury. As a result, he’ll receive an automatic one-game suspension by the league. The Habs also placed defenseman David Schlemko on waivers.
The Nashville Predators blanked the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0, handing the latter their third defeat in their last four games. Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made 18 saves for the shutout while teammates Mattias Ekholm, Kevin Fiala, and Colton Sissons each had a goal and an assist.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs are one of the NHL’s highest-scoring clubs but the Predators schooled them in the art of shutdown hockey.
St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington’s NHL debut was a memorable one as he kicked out 25 shots for a 3-0 shutout of the Philadelphia Flyers, who’ve lost seven straight games. Blues center Ryan O’Reilly collected two assists.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The only good thing about the Flyers this season is Gritty.
San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson extended his personal points streak to 13 games with three assists in a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After a slow start to this season Karlsson has now adjusted to his new club, becoming an invaluable addition to their blueline.
SPORTSNET: Former NHL forward Dominic Moore signed with Switzerland’s ZSC Lions.
TSN: NHL defenseman Jason Garrison signed with Djurgardens IF in Sweden. Garrison’s NHL contract was terminated last week for declining to report to the Chicago Blackhawks AHL affiliate.