Latest on John Klingberg, Aleskander Barkov, Carl Hagelin, Alex Burrows, Andrew Hammond, Nikolai Khabibulin & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Check out the highlight’s from Sunday’s NHL action, including the New York Rangers winning their ninth straight game on a weird goal by Derek Stepan, while Patrick Kane’s point streak extends to 13 games.
Notable NHL Headlines.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The strong performance of defenseman John Klingberg has helped the Dallas Stars to a 14-4-0 start. It could also spark Norris Trophy talk about the sophomore blueliner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In his NHL debut last season, Klingberg tallied 40 points in 65 games. He’s currently the leading scorer among NHL defensemen and third among the Stars in scoring. With 20 points in 18 games, he’s on pace for 90 points. That’s difficult to maintain, but barring injury, the 23-year-old could finish with 70 points this season. That will certainly put him among the Norris Trophy contenders.
MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov, who broke a bone in his hand on Oct. 22, will return to the lineup for tonight’s match against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Anaheim Ducks are still awaiting offensive contributions from forwards Jakob Silfverberg and Carl Hagelin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So am I. Both are on my fantasy team and my patience is wearing thin!
NBC SPORTS: Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows will miss tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens for personal reasons.
THE SCORE: The Colorado Avalanche claimed forward Chris Wagner off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks.
RAW CHARGE: Former Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin has retired.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: “The ‘Bulin Wall” played 18 NHL seasons with Winnipeg, Phoenix, Tampa Bay, Chicago and Edmonton, winning 333 games, 46 via shutout. He has a career GAA of 2.72 and a .907 SP. Khabibulin’s best season came in 1998-99 with the Coyotes, winning a career high 32 games (eight via shutout) with a 2.13 GAA and .923 SP. In 2004, he backstopped the Lightning to their first Stanley Cup title.
NHL Injury Update.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators will be without goalie Andrew Hammond (undisclosed injury) and center Kyle Turris (also undisclose) is uncertain for tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy is listed as day-to-day with a concussion.
PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers forward Ryan White will miss two-to-four weeks with an upper-body injury.