NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 23, 2016
Jets defeat Oilers in Heritage Classic alumni game, latest injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Teemu Selanne scored twice and set up three others to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 6-5 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in Saturday’s Heritage Classic alumni game before over 31, 000 fans at Winnipeg’s Investors Group Field. Oilers great Mark Messier scored twice, while Wayne Gretzky admitted this was probably the last alumni game he’ll be skating in. “I stink. I’m really bad,” he laughingly said in the post-game press conference.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I usually enjoy these outdoor NHL alumni games. While the skills of the now-retired players have obviously declined, some of them still show flashes of the brilliance that made them NHL legends. Selanne and Messier were prime examples in this game, and it was great seeing those two playing for the teams where they began their illustrious NHL careers. As for Gretzky, it’s obvious the 55-year-old has had little time to play any sort of competitive hockey at this stage in his life. In a recent interview, The Great One said he’d only been on skates twice in the last two years.
In notable NHL action last night:
David Perron’s four-point night (three goals, one assist) carried the St. Louis Blues to a 6-4 victory over the Calgary Flames.
Taylor Hall’s overtime goal lifted the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. Before the game, the Devils unveiled a statue honoring long-time goaltending star Martin Brodeur.
New York Rangers rookie Jimmy Vesey scored twice to help his team down the Washington Capitals 4-2. Capitals forward Daniel Winnik clarified that he didn’t lose a piece of his ear as originally reported while blocking a shot in a recent game, though it admitted it was “pretty chewed up.”
Jakub Voracek scored twice to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Despite icing a lineup depleted by a bout of food poisoning, the Nashville Predators defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1.
Gustav Nyquist scored twice and Jimmy Howard made 30 saves to give the Detroit Red Wings a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks. The Wings were playing without forward Justin Abdelkader (lower-body injury).
Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves backstopping the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-0 shutout over the Dallas Stars.
The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to have difficulties playing with a lead, as the Chicago Blackhawks rallied for a 6-5 shootout victory. Earlier in the day, the Blackhawks announced defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk will likely miss up to a month to an upper-body injury, believed to be his right arm.
The Los Angeles Kings handed the Vancouver Canucks their first loss of the season with a 4-3 shootout win.
Shane Harper tallied his first two career NHL goals to help the Florida Panthers down the Colorado Avalanche 5-2.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The LA Kings lost another goaltender to injury, as Jeff Zatkoff was sidelined in practice with a lower-body injury. The Kings called up Jack Campbell as his replacement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on the Kings goaltending later this morning in the Rumor Roundup.
TSN: The first quarter escrow clawback rate for NHL players this season has been set at 15.5 percent.
NEWSDAY: New York Islanders players are openly questioning the quality of the ice at Barclays Center this season. Isles forward Cal Clutterbuck called the ice surface “unplayable”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s also generating more speculation the Isles ownership are looking for a site in New York to construct a new arena.
CBC NEWS: Former Montreal Canadiens head coach Jacques Demers was hospitalized last night after suffering his second stroke this year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Demers makes a swift and full recovery.