NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 17, 2016

by | Oct 17, 2016 | News, NHL | 7 comments

Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly scores one of his two goals against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.

Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly scores one of his two goals against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.

Updates on Ryan O’Reilly, Roberto Luongo, Zach Parise & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

NHL.COM: Ryan O’Reilly scored twice and set up two others to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 6-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Following the loss, the Oilers canceled a mandated day off for its players on Monday. It will be moved to a later date. 

Brandon Sutter scored in overtime as the Vancouver Canucks overcame a three-goal deficit to down the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3. 

Josh Bailey’s overtime goal lifted the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.

NBC SPORTS:  In backstopping the Florida Panthers to a 4-1 victory Saturday over the Detroit Red Wings, goaltender Roberto Luongo collected his 438th career NHL win to move ahead of Jacques Plante into sixth on the all-time leader board. He’s now only nine wins behind Terry Sawchuk (447) and 16 behind Curtis Joseph (454). 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luongo is also within range of Ed Belfour, who sits third all time with 484 wins. It’s doubtful, however, he’ll catch Patrick Roy (551). He has no chance of surpassing Martin Brodeur (691) for top spot.

TWINCITIES.COM:  Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise donated $11,000.00 to the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center

NBC SPORTS: New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (hip flexor) is listed as day-to-day. The Rangers also announced the signing of forward Justin Fontaine to a one-year, two-way contract and assigned him to their AHL affiliate. 

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: David Shoalts profiles Ron MacLean on his return as host of Hockey Night in Canada. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES:  With the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers as possible Stanley Cup contenders this season, a rivalry between the two clubs might finally flicker to life. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite both clubs existing in Florida for over 20 years, the Lightning and Panthers haven’t had a rivalry comparable to, say, Edmonton and Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa or the New York Rangers and New York Islanders. But with both clubs could challenge for top spot in the Atlantic Division and perhaps meet in this year’s postseason, perhaps we’ll see an increase of intensity in their games this season. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Seat selection process for the season-ticket holders of Las Vegas’ NHL expansion team stars today. 


  1. Bit of a wake-up, we4lcome-to-the-NHL call for the “star-studded” Oilers.

    • 3 games in 4 nights early in the season but beating Calgary twice who will be 1 of the worst teams in the west isn’t exactly an accomplishment.

      Buffalo is a significantly better team. They added some key pieces last season & the additions of Okposo & Kulikov this season with the growth of their young players should put Buffalo in the mix for a playoff spot in the east. I have Buffalo making it this season at #7.

      I really like this team. Murray has built a solid squad.

    • I’m not sure that Buffalo minus Kane and Eichle are significantly better than Calgary at any rate I agree with you it’s 1 loss and I’m not sure what people’s expectations of the Oilers are but they were not going to go 82-0

  2. As for the Toronto-Ottawa rivalry, that’s been dead for over a decade. There’s a much greater Montreal-Ottawa rivalry in place.

    • You mention interstate rivalries and forget Pittsburgh/ Filthadelphia? That’s the most intense one in the league right now.

      • Interstate? What do I care about interstate rivalries and where did I ever mention that? We don’t have “states” here – we have provinces.

  3. I would think with 5 years left on his contract after this season playing for a great young team in Florida that Luongo has a better than average chance of catching Roy. If Luongo can play 4 more years counting this 1 he should make it.

    Vancouver better hope he doesn’t retire before his contract expires their on the hook for his cap recapture penalties.

    He doesn’t appear to be slowing down in the slightest but father time caught up to Brodeur at 38. He went from stud to below average in the blink of an eye. NJ’s personnel being a factor in those declining #’s.