Kyle Okposo reaches a milestone, Kings place Christian Ehrhoff on waivers and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

Dion Phaneuf’s first game with the Senators did not go as planned as the Detroit dropped Ottawa, 3-1. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots as the Rangers blanked the Penguins, 3-0. Details and more in your NHL hat trick.

Notable NHL Headlines

Islanders winger Kyle Okposo recently reached a meaningful NHL milestone.

Islanders winger Kyle Okposo recently reached a meaningful NHL milestone.

NEWSDAY: New York Islanders winger Kyle Okposo became “the second African-American who played U.S. amateur hockey (as opposed to Canadian junior hockey) to reach 500 games, with longtime Oilers and Sabres forward Mike Grier the only other to come up through the high school and college ranks”.

STLTODAY.COM:  The St. Louis Blues offense should get a boost with the return from a fractured ankle of left wing Jaden Schwartz.

TWINCITIES.COM: Pressure is mounting on Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo to pull his club out of its current slump. The Wild have lost 11 of their last 12 games.

MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers second line of Vincent Trocheck, Jussi Jokinen and Reilly Smith is heating up of late.

ESPN.COM: The Los Angeles Kings placed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff on waivers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could be in preparation of clearing cap space for an addition via trade. 

CBS SPORTS: Boxing great Evander Holyfield praised the fighting skills of Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane.

THE WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals are set to welcome back defenseman Brooks Orpik, who’s been sidelined since Nov. 10 with a lower-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Orpik’s return could spell the end of trade speculation linking the Capitals to Vancouver Canucks pending UFA Dan Hamhuis. The Caps won’t have much cap space after Orpik’s return.

THE VANCOUVER SUN: Injuries are mounting for the Canucks, losing defenseman Alex Edler to a fractured fibula and Brandon Sutter to a broken jaw.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser is listed as day-to-day after taking a Dion Phaneuf slapshot off his knee.

THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison will miss the next couple of games to a lower-body injury.

NBC SPORTS: Arizona Coyotes center Joe Vitale (concussion) is done for the season.

TSN:  The brain of the late Todd Ewen showed no signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).