NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 18, 2019

Game recaps, Alex Ovechkin and Ryan Miller each reach notable milestones and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Alex Ovechkin reached the 40-goal plateau for the 10th time in his career but his Washington Capitals were beaten by the Anaheim Ducks 5-2. Ovechkin ties Marcel Dionne and Mario Lemieux for second on the all-time list (Wayne Gretzky leads with 12 seasons) and also tied Lemieux for the most 40-goal seasons with one team. Anaheim’s Ryan Miller picked up his 374th career victory, setting the record for American-born NHL goalies. 

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin reached another scoring milestone (Photo via NHL Images)

Vladimir Tarasenko extended his points streak to 12 games with a goal and two assists while Jordan Binnington turned in a 31-save shutout as the St. Louis Blues downed the Minnesota Wild 4-0. For the surging Blues, it was their 10th straight win.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wild (60 points) remain one point up on the Vancouver Canucks for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. However, they’ve won just three of their last 10 games and seem on the verge of tumbling out of postseason contention.

General manager Paul Fenton has reportedly been given permission by ownership to shake things up for long-term gains even at the risk of hurting their playoff hopes this season. Fenton could become a seller leading up to next Monday’s trade deadline.

Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang each scored two goals and Sidney Crosby collected three assists as the Pittsburgh Penguins held on for a 6-5 win over the New York Rangers. Mats Zuccarello also scored twice for the Rangers while defenseman Neal Pionk was kept out of the third period as a precautionary measure after taking a stick to the eye. With the win, the Penguins (69 points) hold the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Aleksander Barkov’s hat trick powered the Florida Panthers to a 6-3 thrashing of the Montreal Canadiens. Antti Niemi gave up three goals on nine shots before being pulled in favor of Carey Price. The Canadiens (69 points) are winless in their last four contests (0-3-1) and cling to the final wild-card spot in the East, one point up on the Carolina Hurricanes.

The Buffalo Sabres failed to gain ground in the Eastern Conference playoff race, falling 4-1 to the New Jersey Devils. Kyle Palmieri had a goal and two assists while goaltender Cory Schneider picked up his second straight win. The Sabres (63 points) are six points out of a wild-card spot in the East. Earlier in the day, the Sabres revealed defenseman Marco Scandella would miss the game with an undisclosed injury but he is expected to rejoin the roster later in the week.

Oscar Lindblom tallied twice and Carter Hart made 37 saves for the Philadelphia Flyers to complete a home-and-home sweep of the Detroit Red Wings with a 3-1 victory. Wings goalie Jonathan Bernier left the game after the first period with an upper-body injury and didn’t return. Like the Sabres, the Flyers are six points out of a playoff spot.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers have recalled defenseman Andrej Sekera from their AHL affiliate in Bakersfield. Sekera has missed the entire NHL season thus far with an injured Achilles tendon.

ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes have assigned center Christian Dvorak to their AHL affiliate for a two-week conditioning stint. He’s recovering from a torn pectoral muscle.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: After Don Cherry called the Carolina Hurricanes a “bunch of jerks” for their elaborate post-game victory celebrations, the club had “Bunch of Jerks” t-shirts made up and ready for sale.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hurricanes FTW

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 17, 2019

Game recaps, Canucks trade Sam Gagner back to the Oilers, injury updates and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers blew a four-goal lead but Travis Konecny’s overtime goal (his second goal of the games) gave them a 6-5 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Nolan Patrick had a three-point effort for the Flyers while Wings forward Anthony Mantha scored twice, including the game-tying goal. With 61 points, the Flyers are seven points out of a wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. 

The Calgary Flames held off the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 to snap a four-game losing skid. Derek Ryan collected three assists for the Flames while Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby each had three-point performances for the Penguins. With the loss, the Pens (67 points) fall one point out of the final wild-card spot in the East. 

Vladimir Tarasenko scored the game-winner as the St. Louis Blues won their ninth straight by blanking the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 (Photo via NHL Images)

Jake Allen’s 32-save shutout carried the St. Louis Blues to their ninth straight victory as they defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-0. Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko tallied a goal and set up another to extend his points streak to 11 games. The Blues (65 points) sit third in the Central Division. 

Arizona Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper kicked out 22 shots to blank the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0. Alex Galchenyuk and Josh Archibald were the goal scorers. The win moved the Coyotes (57 points) three points out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference. 

Ryan Dzingel’s overtime goal gave the Ottawa Senators a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Tyler Myers scored twice for the Jets while defenseman Dustin Byfuglien missed the game with an unspecified injury. 

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy had a 20-save shutout and Nikita Kucherov scored the winner in a 3-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Kucherov (94 points) extended his lead in the scoring race to seven over Chicago’s Patrick Kane. 

The New York Islanders (76 points) widened their lead in the Metropolitan Division to five points by beating the Edmonton Oilers 5-2. Robin Lehner made 34 saves for the Islanders, who’ve now matched last season’s wins total (35). The Oilers also reacquired center Sam Gagner by shipping Ryan Spooner to the Vancouver Canucks and placed defenseman Matt Benning (upper body) on injured reserve

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Both teams are swapping players they had little use for. Gagner returns to the team where he began his NHL career and had his best seasons. He’s spent the bulk of 2018-19 buried in the minors and is signed through next season with a $3.25 million annual average value. Spooner ($3.1 million) was skating in the minors for the Oilers, who hope Gagner can step into a regular roster spot on the right wing and provide a boost to their power play. 

Petr Mrazek’s 33-save shutout carried the Carolina Hurricanes (68 points) to a 3-0 victory over the Dallas Stars and over the Penguins into the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. The Stars (63 points) have now dropped four of their last five games and hold the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. 

Columbus Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin reached his 300th career point by scoring twice and setting up another in a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Ryan Murray collected three assists for the Jackets while Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane (2 points) extended his points streak to 17 games. The loss keeps the Blackhawks three points out of a wild-card spot. 

Max Pacioretty scored twice as the Vegas Golden Knights downed the Nashville Predators 5-1, handing the latter their fourth loss in their last five contests. 

Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, and Timo Meier each had a goal and an assist as the San Jose Sharks edged the Vancouver Canucks 3-2. Erik Karlsson returned to action for the Sharks and picked up an assist. The Canucks (59 points) remain one back of the Minnesota Wild for the last wild-card berth in the West. With Jake Virtanen going on injured reserve, the Canucks will give Ryan Spooner an opportunity. 

Charlie McAvoy netted the game-winner as the Boston Bruins doubled up the Los Angeles Kings 4-2. The Bruins (76 points) move one point up on the Maple Leafs for second in the Atlantic Division. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 16, 2019

Game recaps, Oilers trade Cam Talbot to Flyers, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Nino Niederreiter scored twice as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-1. The victory moves the surging Hurricanes (66 points) within one point of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the final Eastern Conference wild-card berth. 

The Edmonton Oilers traded goalie Cam Talbot to the Philadelphia Flyers (Photo via NHL Images).

Following the game, the Oilers traded goaltender Cam Talbot to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for goaltender Anthony Stolarz. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers and Flyers were discussing this deal since Thursday. The move clears Talbot’s $4.16-million annual average value from the Oilers’ salary-cap payroll to make room for defenseman Andrej Sekera, who’s returning to action after missing most of this season to injury.

The Flyers get an opportunity to see if Talbot, who’s friends with Carter Hart, can make a good backup and mentor for the young rookie netminder. If he works out, the Flyers will probably re-sign him to provide additional stability between the pipes. 

The Buffalo Sabres failed to gain ground in the Eastern Conference standings, falling 6-2 to the New York Rangers. Vladislav Namestnikov scored twice and set up another for the Rangers. The Sabres (63 points) remain four points out of a wild-card berth. 

New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider picked up his first win since Dec. 27, 2017, in a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Nico Hischier tallied the winner in overtime as the Devils overcame a three-goal deficit. The Wild (60 points) are clinging to the final Western Conference playoff spot, sitting one point up on the Vancouver Caucks. 

Jaroslav Halak turned in a 30-save shutout as the Boston Bruins blanked the Anaheim Ducks 3-0. Earlier in the day, the Ducks placed Brian Gibbons on waivers

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz has been activated off injured reserve and could play this afternoon against the Calgary Flames. 

CBS SPORTS: Columbus Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner has suffered a minor injury and won’t travel with the club for today’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks. 

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks have called up defenseman Luke Schenn from their AHL affiliate in Utica. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Joe Morrow is sidelined two-to-three weeks with a lower-body injury. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 15, 2019

Game recaps, injury updates, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Shootout goals by Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck gave the Florida Panthers a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames, handing the latter their fourth straight defeat. Panthers goalie James Reimer made 41 saves for the win. Earlier in the day, the Panthers activated forward Jayce Hawryluk and placed MacKenzie Weegar on injured reserve. 

Goaltender Tomas Greiss made 31 saves and Casey Cizikas scored twice as the New York Islanders blanked the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0. The Isles (74 points) hold a three-point lead over the Washington Capitals for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard commemorated his 500th career NHL game by kicking out 40 shots in a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou scored twice and Frans Nielsen potted the game-winner. Earlier in the day, Wings forward Martin Frk cleared waivers and was demoted to their AHL affiliate. 

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov collected four points in a 6-0 win over the Dallas Stars (Photo via NHL Images)

Tampa Bay Lightning netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy tied a franchise record with his 17th shutout in a 6-0 drubbing of the Dallas Stars. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos scored twice and added an assist while NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov (92) points widened his lead with a four-point effort. The Bolts are also the first team to reach 90 points this season. Stars defenseman John Klingberg left the game in the third period after blocking a shot with his left leg. He underwent x-rays and coach Jim Montgomery thinks he’s okay but couldn’t say for certain. 

Brian Boyle’s first goal with the Nashville Predators proved to be the winning goal in a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made 34 stops as his club ended a three-game losing skid. 

The Colorado Avalanche snapped an eight-game losing streak by defeating the Winnipeg Jets 4-1. With the win, the Avalanche (57 points) sit two points behind the Minnesota Wild for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference

Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane extended his points streak to 16 games and set a franchise record by collecting an assist in 15 consecutive contests in a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils. Kane had three points in the game as the Blackhawks (57 points) also sit two points behind the Wild. In a pregame ceremony, the Blackhawks honored winger Chris Kunitz for playing in his 1,000th career game. 

The streaking St. Louis Blues picked up their eighth consecutive victory by shutting out the Arizona Coyotes 4-0. Jordan Binnington stopped 21 shots and Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice for the Blues (69 points), who rose to third place in the Central Division. Earlier in the day, the Coyotes placed Michael Bunting on waivers. 

Auston Matthews scored twice, including his 100th career goal, as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Vegas Golden Knights 6-3. 

Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser scored in the shootout as the Vancouver Canucks nipped the Los Angeles Kings 4-3. Earlier in the day, the Canucks placed defenseman Chris Tanev (ankle) on injured reserve. The Canucks (59 points) are tied with the Wild but the latter, with one extra win and two games in hand, holds the final Western wild-card spot.

T.J. Oshie scored twice and Alex Ovechkin netted his league-leading 39th goal to give the Washington Capitals a 5-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks, snapping the latter’s five-game win streak. 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 14, 2019

Game recaps plus updates on Erik Karlsson, Nikolaj Ehlers, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Unanswered goals by Bryan Rust, Teddy Blueger, and Jared McCann gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Leon Draisaitl tallied the lone goal for the Oilers (53 points), who dropped six points out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference. The Penguins (67 points) opened a three-point lead over the Carolina Hurricanes for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. 

Jakob Silfverberg scored the only goal as the Anaheim Ducks edged the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 (Photo via NHL Images).

Rookie goaltender Kevin Boyle made 35 saves to pick up both his first NHL shutout and victory as the Anaheim Ducks blanked the Vancouver Canucks 1-0. Jakob Silfverberg scored the lone goal as the Ducks snapped a seven-game losing skid. It was also the first coaching win for Ducks general manager Bob Murray, who’s filling the role of bench boss on an interim basis for the remainder of the season. Boyle was pressed into service with Ducks regulars John Gibson and Chad Johnson on injured reserve

NBC SPORTS: San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson has finally returned to practice after being sidelined for over two weeks with an unspecified ailment unrelated to anything he’s had to deal with in the past. There’s still no timetable for his return to action. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers return from an unspecified upper-body injury (likely a wrist or shoulder injury) has been delayed by another one-to-three weeks. 

MLIVE.COM: The Detroit Red Wings have placed Martin Frk on waivers. He was their top selection (49th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft. 

 










NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 13, 2019

Game recaps, injury updates, Evgeni Malkin receives a one-game suspension, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: The Boston Bruins defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-3 to snap the latter’s seven-game winning streak. Bruins winger Brad Marchand scored a goal and set up three others and David Krejci scored twice. Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane (one assist) extended his points streak to 15 games. The Bruins played without high-scoring winger David Pastrnak, who’s sidelined at least two weeks with an injured left thumb. The Blackhawks (55 points) remain four points out of a wild-card spot in the Western Conference

Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand’s four-point effort sparked his club to a 6-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks (Photo via NHL Images)

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on how the Pastrnak injury could affect the Bruins plans leading up to the Feb. 25 trade deadline later this morning in the Rumors section.

The Carolina Hurricanes (64 points) are one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins in the chase for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference after defeating the Ottawa Senators 4-1. Teuvo Teravainen scored twice and Micheal Ferland had a three-point performance. Senators goalie Craig Anderson missed the game after suffering a minor scratch to his left eye after being struck with a tennis ball on Monday. He’ll join the Sens for their road trip to Detroit though it’s uncertain if he’ll play in Thursday game against the Red Wings. 

Jack Eichel collected two assists in the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 victory over the New York Islanders, ending the latter’s three-game win streak. The Sabres (63 points) move to within two points of the Penguins for the final Eastern wild-card berth. 

Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin had a 30-save shutout performance and teammate Tyler Seguin scored twice to down the Florida Panthers 3-0. The Stars now have six wins in their last eight games. 

Sergei Bobrovsky kicked out 20 shots as the Columbus Blue Jackets blanked the Washington Capitals 3-0. The Jackets (67 points) now sit two behind the Capitals for second place in the Metropolitan Division. 

Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and collected three assists in a 6-3 victory over the Calgary Flames, handing the latter their fourth straight loss. Sean Monahan scored twice for the Flames (74 points), who now sit two points behind the San Jose Sharks for second place in the Pacific Division. 

The St. Louis Blues picked up their seventh straight win by crushing the New Jersey Devils 8-3. Alex Pietrangelo and Ivan Barbashev each tallied two goals and added an assist for the Blues (61 points), who hold the first wild-card spot in the West. 

Andreas Athanasiou’s third-period goal held up as the game-winner as the Detroit Red Wings edged the Nashville Predators 3-2. Wings goalie Jimmy Howard made 32 saves. 

James van Riemsdyk scored twice, including the game-winner, as the Philadelphia Flyers rallied to edge the Minnesota Wild 5-4. Luke Kunin tallied twice for the Wild. With 59 points, the Flyers are six points out of an Eastern Conference wild-card spot. 

Mark Scheifele scored twice and added an assist and Connor Hellebuyck made 34 saves to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers. It was the Jets’ eighth win in their last nine home games. 

Three second-period power-play goals within 1:49 gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche, who suffered their eighth straight loss. With 55 points, the Avs are four points out of a wild-card berth. Auston Matthews had a goal and two assists while Kaspari Kapanen and Nazem Kadri each scored twice for the Leafs. Alex Kerfoot and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia native Ryan Graves tallied for the Avs. 

Arizona Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper made 41 saves in a 5-2 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights, handing the latter their fourth straight home loss. With the win, the Coyotes (55 points) move with four of a wild card spot. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom is dealing with back spasms. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That explains why the Canucks yesterday acquired goalie Marek Mazanec from the New York Rangers in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick in 2020. 

TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin received a one-game suspension for swinging his stick at the head of Philadelphia Flyers winger Michael Raffl. The Penguins also announced defenseman Olli Maatta is on injured reserve for an undetermined time due to an upper-body injury. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens placed Michael Chaput on waivers.