Flyers and Penguins will play an outdoor game in 2017, the struggling Wild seeking solutions and much more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

The Lightning beat the Penguins who were without Evgeni Malkin. John Scott’s wife gave birth to twin daughters. The Flyers will be without Sean Couturier for approximately four weeks. Details in your NHL hat trick.

Notable NHL Headlines

The struggling Minnesota Wild are seeking answers for their midseason decline.

The struggling Minnesota Wild are seeking answers for their midseason decline.

ESPN.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins will play an outdoor game in 2017 as either the Winter Classic or part of the Stadium Series, likely at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: The struggling Minnesota Wild are seeking in-house solutions to reverse their current slide in the standings.

THE VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks placed defenseman Yannick Weber on waivers to make room for Dan Hamhuis, who’s returning from injury.

USA TODAY: Auston Matthews and Matthew Tkachuk top Kevin Allen’s list of 10 American draft prospects destined for NHL success. Allen also suggests this year’s trade deadline could be uneventful, citing parity and a number of teams lacking sufficient cap space.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s possible this year’s trade deadline might not be as hectic as previous years, but I believe there will be enough wheeling and dealing to keep fans entertained. 

THE GLOBE AND MAIL For 105 players who part of a concussion lawsuit against the NHL, it’s a long waiting game as they also face the effects of dementia.

TORONTO SUN: The weak Canadian dollar threaten’s Quebec City’s bid for an NHL franchise.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  I believe the league wants to put a franchise back in Quebec City, but that low value of a the loonie is a significant concern. That’s probably among the reasons why the league hasn’t yet reached a decision over putting a franchise there. 

TORONTO STAR: Forty year ago tomorrow (Feb. 7), Toronto Maple Leafs star Darryl Sittler set an NHL record for most points (10) in one game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Given the emphasis on defense in today’s game, Sittler’s record won’t be broken anytime soon.

NBC SPORTS: Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery has signed with Adler Mannheim in Germany.