NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 15, 2019

David Pastrnak has a four-goal game, the Avalanche are the only unbeaten team, the Panthers rally to beat the Devils, and more in today’s NHL morning headlines.

NHL.COM: David Pastrnak scored all of the Boston Bruins goals to lead his club to a 4-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. Brad Marchand and Torey Krug each collected two assists. It was a costly win for the Bruins as David Krejci left the game with a suspected lower-body injury.

David Pastrnak tallied all four goals in the Boston Bruins’ 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks (Photo via NHL Images)

The Colorado Avalanche (5-0-0) are the only undefeated team following a 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals. Mikko Rantanen and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and two assists as the Avs chased Capitals goalie Braden Holtby after giving up three goals in as many shots in the first period. Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist for the Capitals.

The Chicago Blackhawks picked up their first win of the season by downing the Edmonton Oilers 3-1, snapping the latter’s five-game win streak. Corey Crawford made 27 saves for the Hawks in their first victory of the season. Oilers winger James Neal tallied his league-leading eighth goal of the season.

Brett Connolly scored twice as the Florida Panthers rallied to overcome a 4-1 deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils 6-4. Pavel Zacha had a goal and two assists for the Devils, who remain winless (0-4-2) in their opening six games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the second time the Devils blew a big lead this season. Disenchanted Devils fans are starting to call for the firing of head coach John Hynes. There’s no indication general manager Ray Shero is considering that option but he could be forced to if the Devils don’t arrest this skid.

Buffalo Sabres rookie Victor Olofsson set an NHL record by scoring five consecutive career-opening power-play goals in a 4-0 victory over the struggling Dallas Stars. Jack Eichel had two assists while Carter Hutton made 25 saves for the shutout.

The Minnesota Wild picked up their first win of the season by blanking the Ottawa Senators 2-0. Alex Stalock made 26 saves for the shutout while Victor Rask and Zach Parise were the goal scorers. The Wild played without winger Mats Zuccarello, who’s sidelined for the next three games with a lower-body injury.

The New York Islanders overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on an overtime goal by Devon Toews. Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal each had a goal and an assist for the Isles, as did Brayden Schenn for the Blues.

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine, and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby are the three stars for the week ending Oct. 13.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson will be sidelined for three months after suffering a cracked fibula during Saturday’s game against the Avalanche.

SPORTNET: Vancouver Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom was granted a leave of absence until the weekend to deal with a family matter. The club called up Zane McIntyre.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs have sent defenseman Rasmus Sandin to the Marlies and recalled blueliner Kevin Gravel. Sandin made the roster out of training camp but the Leafs felt he’d benefit from a bigger workload with their farm club.

NBC SPORTS: The Philadelphia Flyers placed defenseman Andy Welinski on waivers.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Long-time Red Wings executive Jimmy Devellano underwent successful surgery yesterday to remove a non-cancerous brain tumor.

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 14, 2019

The Penguins crush the Jets, Sharks fans welcome back Patrick Marleau, the Golden Knights down the Kings, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins extended their winning streak to three games by crushing the Winnipeg Jets 7-2. Jake Guentzel, Zach Aston-Reese, and Sam Lafferty each scored twice, Sidney Crosby collected two assists, and Kris Letang picked up his 500th career point. Penguins defenseman Jack Johnson was a healthy scratch as Erik Gudbranson (himself a recent scratch) returned to the lineup.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins were supposed to struggle with centers Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bjugstad on the sidelines. This contest, however, was their third seven-goal game and the second in a row, coming off a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild the night before.

Paul Stastny’s four-point performance powered the Vegas Golden Knights to a 5-2 win over the LA Kings (Photo via NHL Images).

Paul Stastny scored twice and set up two others to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings. Max Pacioretty also had a three-point performance for the Golden Knights, who went three-for-three with the man advantage.

The San Jose Sharks defeated the Calgary Flames 3-1 on a goal and an assist by Tomas Hertl. Patrick Marleau received a standing ovation by Sharks fans in his first home game since rejoining the club last week. He also picked up an assist. The Sharks revealed defenseman Jacob Middleton will be sidelined four-to-six weeks with an undisclosed injury.


NEW YORK POST: Rangers winger Chris Kreider is listed as day-to-day with a left injury suffered during Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. He’ll be re-evaluated today.



TWINCITIES.COM: The Minnesota Wild have called up forward Gerry Mayhew from their Iowa AHL affiliate. 

SPORTSNET: The Ottawa Senators postponed their search for a new president of hockey operations until the end of the season. 

Middling Wild’s Awful Start to NHL Season Could Be a Turning Point


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 13, 2019

The Oilers set a season-opening record, the Hurricanes winning streak ends, the Wild keep struggling, the Senators upset the Lightning, and much more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: The Edmonton Oilers set an NHL record with their fifth straight come-from-behind season-opening victory by beating the New York Rangers 4-1. Leon Draisaitl scored twice and set up another while Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist. Rangers rookie Kaapo Kakko tallied his first NHL goal. The Oilers sit atop the league’s overall standings. Earlier in the day, the Oilers placed center Colby Cave on waivers.

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl scored twice in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A surprising strong start by the Oilers. I’m interested to see how they do against tougher opposition.

Vladislav Namestnikov tallied twice and added an assist as the Ottawa Senators doubled up the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2. Senators center Artem Anisimov left the game with a lower-body injury and didn’t return.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bolts are blowing hot and cold. They crushed the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 the game before, split a season-opening home-and-home against the Florida Panthers, and dropped an overtime decision to the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Los Angeles Kings recovered from blowing a 4-1 lead to down the Nashville Predators 7-4. Alex Iafallo scored the winner with 59 seconds remaining in the game while empty-netters by Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty sealed the deal. In other news, the Kings intend to cover up singer Taylor Swift’s “most soldout performances” banner at the Staples Center during their home games. The banner has been an eyesore for Kings fans, as their club hasn’t won playoff series since it was raised in 2015.

Mark Scheifele’s overtime goal completed a three-goal rally for the Winnipeg Jets as they edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2. Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and an assist.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets depleted defense remains a cause for concern but their offensive punch has powered them to four wins in their first six games.

Tuukka Rask’s 31-save shutout backstopped the Boston Bruins to a 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils, handing the latter their fifth-straight loss. Brad Marchand had the game-winner and set up another.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Devils are struggling despite the presence of a healthy Taylor Hall and the offseason additions of P.K. Subban, Wayne Simmonds, Nikita Gusev, and Jack Hughes. Their lousy special teams haven’t helped. They’ve yet to tally a power-play goal while their penalty-killing percentage (50.0) is the league’s worst.

The Montreal Canadiens overcame a 3-2 deficit to upset the St. Louis Blues 6-3. Brendan Gallagher had a goal and two assists while Jonathan Drouin collected two points.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Drouin is silencing his critics with his early-season play. He’s tied with Gallagher (six points) for the Habs scoring lead with a five-game points streak.

Ilya Mikheyev had a goal and an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped a three-game losing skid by beating the Detroit Red Wings 5-2. Frederik Andersen kicked out 25 shots for the victory. In other Red Wings news, senior vice-president and alternate governor Jimmy Devellano will undergo surgery on Monday to remove a non-cancerous brain tumor.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Devellano on a speedy recovery. As for the Leafs, they can thank their secondary scoring for this victory. John Tavares collected an assist while Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander were held scoreless.

New York Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov turned aside 35 shots and Brock Nelson tallied the shootout winner in a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers, handing the latter their third straight loss. Panthers forward Evgenii Dadonov had a goal and an assist. Islanders winger Jordan Eberle left the game with a leg injury.

The Carolina Hurricane’ five-game win streak came to end as they fell 3-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Pierre-Luc Dubois netted the game-winner in the third period. Earlier in the day, the Hurricanes activated defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from injured reserve.

Tom Wilson and John Carlson each had a goal and an assist as the Washington Capitals defeated the Dallas Stars 4-1. The Capitals successfully killed off six penalties to end a three-game losing streak. The Stars have dropped five of their last six games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: How long before Stars president Jim Lites publicly dumps on Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin again? Asking for a friend.

The Minnesota Wild are off to their worst start in franchise history, suffering their fourth straight loss in a 7-4 drubbing by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rookie Sam Lafferty had a goal and two assists for the Penguins while Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, Patric Hornqvist, and Adam Johnson each had a goal and an assist.

Andre Burakovsky scored in overtime as the Colorado Avalanche nipped the Arizona Coyotes 3-2. Michael Grabner and Nick Schmaltz scored for the Coyotes as they rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force the extra frame. Coyotes winger Phil Kessel played his 1,000th NHL game.

Shootout goals by Elias Pettersson and Tanner Pearson carried the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves for the win.

Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone, and William Carrier each had a goal and an assist as the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Calgary Flames 6-2. Golden Knights center Cody Eakin made his season debut after suffering a lower-body injury in preseason play. They also called up Oscar Dansk to replace sidelined backup Malcolm Subban.

TSN: Former NHL defenseman and coach Ted Green died on Tuesday at age 79. He spent nearly 11 seasons with the Boston Bruins from 1960-61 to 1971-72, winning the Stanley Cup in 1970 and 1972. He also overcame a gruesome head injury after becoming involved in a stick-swinging incident with Wayne Maki in 1969.

Green finished his playing career with seven seasons in the World Hockey Association. He went on to win five Stanley Cups as an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Green’s family, friends and former teammates.

NHL Teams Constantly Seek To Conjure Up Chemistry


NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 12, 2019

The Hurricanes extend their franchise-record season-opening win streak while Dustin Byfuglien is no closer to a decision on his future. Details and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.


NHL.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes are off to their best start in franchise history, extending their season-opening win streak to five games by downing the New York Islanders 5-2. Andrei Svechnikov and Dougie Hamilton each had a goal and an assist. Islanders center Brock Nelson also tallied a goal and an assist.

Carolina Hurricanes winger Andrei Svechnikov helped his club defeat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Friday (Photo via NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Svechnikov (eight points) and Hamilton (seven) are the Hurricanes’ leading scorers entering this weekend.

Linus Ullmark made 41 saves and Casey Mittelstadt scored the winner in a shootout as the Buffalo Sabres edged the Florida Panthers 3-2. Kyle Okposo and Zemgus Girgensons each collected two assists for the Sabres, who extended their unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1). The Panthers, meanwhile, drop to 1-2-1.

The Anaheim Ducks picked up their fourth win in five games by nipping the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1. Ryan Miller made 26 saves while Jakob Silfverberg and Cam Fowler were the goal scorers. Earlier in the day, the Jackets placed winger Josh Anderson (upper-body) on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 5 and recalled left wing Markus Hannikainen.


WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: There’s no update from the Jets or the agent for Dustin Byfuglien on when the defenseman will return to action. Byfuglien’s been on a leave of absence since early September mulling his future. The club suspended him solely for salary-cap purposes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets are giving Byfuglien all the time and space he needs. The longer he’s absent, however, the more speculation grows suggesting he’s leaning toward retirement.

CBS SPORTS: The New Jersey Devils placed defenseman Andy Greene (upper body) on injured reserve.