Blackhawks win their 11th straight, Canadiens free fall continues, Oilers re-sign Cam Talbot and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
The Blackhawks matched a franchise record with their 11th straight victory. Justin Williams recorded his first hat trick in ten years. Marc-Andre Fleury notched his 41st career shutout.
Notable NHL Headlines
SPORTSNET: With the Montreal Canadiens free-falling in the standing, Eric Engels wonders if head coach Michel Therrien will be replaced.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens are barely clinging to a wild-card berth. With superstar goalie Carey Price not expected to return until sometime in February and the Habs offense sputtering since early-December, something must be done to shake things up. Unless GM Marc Bergevin can pull off a trade to bolster his club’s scoring, a coaching change might be his only other option.
NEWSDAY: New York Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski could face supplemental discipline for his boarding major penalty on Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin, who is currently listed as day-to-day with a suspected shoulder injury.
TSN: The Edmonton Oilers yesterday announced goaltender Cam Talbot signed a three-year, $12.5-million contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the lack of quality starting goalies available in the trade market and this summer’s UFA pool, the Oilers evidently felt it wise to retain Talbot. He’s been ok this season (8-13-3, 2.58 GAA, .914 SP), but has yet to establish himself as a reliable starting goalie. To be fair, Talbot and fellow Oilers netminder Anders Nilsson could benefit from a better defense in front of them. Talbot’s numbers don’t warrant his new salary starting in 2016-17, but it appears the Oilers will give him the opportunity to prove himself worthy of those dollars.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (concussion) could return to action today against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has done a fine job filling in for sidelined starting netminder Ondrej Pavelec.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Coyotes placed winger Steve Downie on waivers.
NEW YORK POST: Denna Laing’s family is not preparing to sue the National Hockey League over her serious spinal injury suffered during the NHL Winter Classic.