Updated injury report, Penguins Cup window may be closed, Hurricanes playoff hopes could be running out of time and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Check out the video highlights of last night’s notable NHL games, including the Capitals handing the Canadiens their sixth straight defeat and Sabres rookie Jack Eichel lighting up the Bruins.
Updated NHL injury report.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings center and leading scorer Jeff Carter left last night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes due to an upper-body injury. Carter returned to Los Angeles following the game.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets center Mark Scheifele suffered a head injury during practice on Saturday. His status for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins remains uncertain.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings rookie star Dylan Larkin missed last night’s game against the Nashville Predators with an upper-body injury. There’s no timetable for his return. Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (upper-body injury) also missed that game.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Defenseman Chris Tanev (suspected foot injury) and winger Alex Burrows (upper body) joined the Canucks growing list of sidelined players.
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TRIBLIVE.COM: Has the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup window closed?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, about two years ago.
THE NEW & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes are running out of time to get results that will boost their playoff chances this season. If they don’t improve soon, big roster changes could be coming.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The biggest, of course, will be dealing away declining center Eric Staal, who still has sufficient name value to attract interest in the trade market. Of course, he’ll have to waive his no-trade clause, but Staal stated late last month he wouldn’t stand in the way of a trade if management indicates they don’t wish to keep him.
PHILLY.COM: It appears the Flyers won’t be sending promising rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to the minors when Mark Streit comes off LTIR on Wednesday. The club will have to free up cap room when Streit returns, and it’s expected they’ll demote someone to the minors.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers are 8-2-2 since Gostisbehere since Nov. 27, and he has a point in 14 of 18 games since he was called up. No wonder they don’t want to send him back to the minors.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Thanks to the Coyotes, youth hockey is soaring in Arizona. Among the notables to emerge is promising prospect Auston Matthews.