NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 20, 2016

by | Oct 20, 2016 | News, NHL | 10 comments

Winnipeg Jets rookie Patrik Laine (29) celebrates his overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Winnipeg Jets rookie Patrik Laine (29) celebrates his overtime goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Game recaps plus updates on Jonathan Quick, Mike Smith & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Winnipeg Jets rookie Patrik Laine scored twice in the third period and netted the winner in overtime to give his club a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, who at one point led the Jets 4-0.  Nazem Kadri scored twice and William Nylander had a goal and an assists for the Leafs, while their rookie star Auston Matthews collected an assist. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  That was an impressive performance by Laine, who is considered a future star for the Jets. The media is already playing up a so-called rivalry between Matthews, the first-overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, and Laine, the second-overall selection, trying to make it this generation’s “Crosby-Ovechkin”. However, it’s far too early to start making that comparison. 

Goaltender Jimmy Howard made 32 saves to backstop the Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers, who dominated the play through the first 40 minutes. Thomas Vanek and Drew Miller scored as the Wings overcame a 1-0 deficit. Mika Zibanejad tallied the Rangers’ only goal. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES:  Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick underwent a non-surgical procedure to strength a groin tendon and could be sidelined for up to three months. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That leaves the Kings goaltending duties to backup Jeff Zatkoff and call-up Peter Budaj. Could be worth keeping an eye on their performances. If they struggle, Kings management could be forced into the trade market for help.

ARIZONA SPORTS: Coyotes goalie Mike Smith is listed as day-to-day with an injured left leg. 

TRIBLIVE.COM:  Kris Letang (upper-body injury) and Conor Sheary (facial injury) are listed as day-to-day, but aren’t expected to be sidelined for long.

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues placed center Jori Lehtera (upper-body injury) on injured reserve. The earliest he could return is Oct. 25 against the Calgary Flames.

PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers winger Michael Raffl (upper-body injury) is out for 10-14 days. 

NEWSDAY:  The New York Islanders called up defenseman Ryan Pulock on an emergency basis. 

TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs and defenseman Jared Cowen are awaiting an arbiter’s decision on the club’s attempt to buy out the remainder of his contract. Cowen claims he was still suffering the effects of injury when the Leafs tried to buy him out in June. Under the CBA, players still hampered by injuries suffered from game action during the season cannot be bought out.

USA TODAY: Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby’s Tragically Hip-themed mask raised $27K, which will be donated to lead singer Gord Downie’s charities. Downie suffers from inoperable brain cancer.

TODAY’S SLAPSHOT: NHL veteran forward Dave Moss yesterday announced his retirement. He spent nine seasons with the Calgary Flames and Arizona Coyotes, netting 178 points in 501 career NHL games. 


  1. Andersen teaching the NHL that top cheese is every bit a Danish cheese as Havarti.
    Gotta make a save, interesting story from Marty Biron that Bernier and Reimer both told him the Leafs and Babcock want the goalies playing super aggressive out from the blue paint and this could be affecting Andersen who in the past has played a little deeper in the net.

    • Team issue for me. I didn’t watch that game I watched NYR & Det. Which was a great game. 2nd game where the opposing goalie stood on his head & robbed NYR of a win. The other being Hutton & StL. I will go back & catch the low lights later today.

      • .876 sv% over 3 games is beyond team issue, particularly with a big goalie who should be able to be better than that by just standing there. don’t get me wrong the D was not very good last night but…gotta make a save.

      • A point we’ll never fully agree on which is all good. Take a great goalie & put them on a young bad team & they will be below average. Take a good goalie & put him on the same team they will be bad.

        No position better reflects a teams abilities than goal. Watch Elliott in Calgary this season. He has been a great goalie & I can assure you he will be below average this year. I bet the under. The opposite, Dubnyk. Go from a bad team to essentially a strong defensive team & he looks great.

        Again I didn’t watch the game & won’t get to watch the low lights until after lunch. I can’t speak to the quality of those shots that lead to goals, defensive break downs or missed assignments that may have lead to those goals. Giving up a 3 goal lead going into the 3rd is pretty embarrassing but that’s the nature of being a bad team. It can happen to anyone on any given night but it happens to young inexperienced teams more.

        3 games for Toronto, 2 giving up 5 goals both lost in OT giving Toronto 2 loser points.

      • Great game. Even as a fan I am truly shocked at the team speed these guys are playing!

        I’ve argued for a few months that this team could actually be better this year than the last two. It’s early, but if they can play at that speed, they are going to give a lot of D-men and goalies nightmares.

        Full credit to Howard, he was brilliant under heavy fire!

      • Anderson = bad signing

  2. Was that Randy C behind the Leaf bench? Blame Andersen all you want but that was the old-style Leafs in their own end. I’d like to see the young guns work as hard at getting the puck back as they do at trying to score. Most of the blame belongs with the Jets though – the real Winnipeg team showed up in the third. They have a really good group.

    • http://www.tsn.ca/talent/leafs-need-andersen-to-bounce-back-in-a-hurry-1.588953

      Again the D wasn’t very good last night but that is brutal goaltending. It seems like the stand by excuse, “leafs lost because they have no D…” but truth is it hasn’t been horrible like it has in the past for these 3 games. Was a little sketchy at times and wasn’t great last night but when your goalie has a sv % that would put him near 90 th of all goalies who played a game last year…it’s bad goaltending. lol

      • That defense is brutal too shticky you don’t like saying it but it is bad

  3. Howard played great. Did it help his trade value ? No because of his term left he’s too expensive to deal for. Even if Detroit takes salary back.
    Now if he continues to play well the question will be do the Red Wings deal Mrazek ? Can a deal be done with LA ? The Kings cupboard is practically bare so prospects are out but what about McNabb ?
    LAs window won’t be open long they have to go for it this year and by not replacing Quick with quality what does that tell the fans ? Leave Mrazek for expansion or deal him right at the end of the season…..it’s a move LA should look at.
    Like my suggestion of dealing Kreider I know teams don’t sign players with the idea to turn around and trade them but circumstances change.