NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 26, 2016

by | Oct 26, 2016 | News, NHL | 14 comments

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos scores one of his two goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos scores one of his two goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Game recaps, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Steven Stamkos scored twice and set up two others to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 7-3 drubbing of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop had his top two front teeth knocked out when struck in the mask by a shot, but he remained in the game. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leafs starter Frederik Andersen is off to the worst start in his career, giving rise to questions over the caliber of the club’s goaltending for the remainder of the season. During a press conference yesterday afternoon, Leafs head coach Mike Babcock got testy with reporters about Andersen’s play. His latest outing won’t do anything to silence that criticism. 

Sidney Crosby scored in his first game back from a concussion as his Pittsburgh Penguins edged the Florida Panthers 3-2. 

Taylor Hall and Travis Zajac each scored twice to power the New Jersey Devils to a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes, who are 0-5-0 for the worst start in franchise history. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With starter Mike Smith sidelined and backup Louis Domingue struggling, we could start hearing trade speculation suggesting the Coyotes are shopping for help between the pipes. 

Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett each tallied a goal and an assist as the Calgary Flames downed the St. Louis Blues 4-1. Flames goalie Brian Elliiott made 23 saves for the win against his former team. 

Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s overtime goal lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 2-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks. It was a costly loss for the Ducks, as goalie Jonathan Bernier was forced from the game with an upper-body injury. Captain Ryan Getzlaf missed a couple of shifts to start the third period with a sore left forearm but did return to finish the game. 

Shootout goals by Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek capped the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 comeback win over the Buffalo Sabres, who had led 3-1 at one point. 

Dylan Larkin’s two goals helped the Detroit Red Wings double up the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. 

Alec Martinez scored in overtime to give the LA Kings a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Earlier in the day, it was reported the Kings signed unrestricted free agent goalie Anders Lindback to a professional tryout contract and sent him to their AHL affiliate. 

Ryan Dzingel netted two goals and Craig Anderson made 22 saves in a 3-0 shutout over the Vancouver Canucks.

Antti Niemi made 28 saves backstopping the Dallas Stars to a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets. 

Boston Bruins goalie Malcolm Subban was pulled after giving up three goals on 16 shots as his club fell 5-0 to the Minnesota Wild. The Bruins called up Subban after it was announced backup Anton Khudobin was sidelined three weeks with an upper-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Subban’s poor play in his limited NHL starts has some in Boston hanging the “bust” label on him. 

ESPN.COM:  NHL officials are in South Korea inspecting the 2018 Winter Olympic facilities as the league considers participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Games. 

YAHOO SPORTS:  News that a new arena in downtown Seattle could be privately funded could resurrect speculation of an NHL franchise one day moving into that city. 


  1. Well Babcock says he going to keep playing Anderson no matter what. Well if he struggles against Florida and has a bad first period against the Habs on Saturday, I’m curious to hear the Cherry rant about it on Coach’s Corner on Saturday

    • Do you mean the guy on Saturday night that the reporter was talking about. Because Babcock was wondering where he was get his fax from.

    • Put a good goalie on a bad team & presto, bad goalie. Ha-ha!

      • Reimer and Bernier both played behind a D which was significantly worse than this one and put up better numbers than Freddy and were ran out of town on a rail. Now I’m not sure or saying this is all on Andersen the D is not fantastic but if you watch these games listen to guys like Millen McLellan who have played the position and who have spoken to other
        goalies who say the same thing there is something wrong with the coaching and/or the positioning of Andersen, he doesn’t even resemble an NHL level goaltender right now crawling around on the ice constantly beat high. Babcock gave Bernier about 10 games at the start of last year before he totally lost confidence in him be interesting to see how this plays out does the goaltending style coach Chang or does Babs sit the long term guy in favour of Enroth?

      • I would say this yrs d is just as bad as previous yrs, on Offense they are ok but a train wreck in the defensive end. Just giving high quality shots like they are candy

      • @Shticky if you watched the intermission on Sat. Hrudy showed some of Andersens flaws. He had them in Anaheim, so these aren’t new. In Anaheim he had a lot more experienced team in front of him to help hide them. Apparently Freddie refuses to change the way he plays, one of the reasons he’s no longer in Anaheim. He catches the puck with a cross body motion. This can really cause problems because if he drops the puck, it’s in the crease. This puts a lot of pressure on the D to cover. Unless Andersen makes a change, gonna be a long season for him

    • Babs and management are tied to him so no surprise that they will stick to him.
      The biggest takeaway from Don on Saturday is that he felt it wasn’t right that Leaf management dumped Reimer who was more than adequate of a goalie (albeit playing in front of a bad D), followed by bringing in Anderson with some expectation that he is going to be the be all/end all. Don felt that Anderson was over hyped and likely doomed to fail (Don did point out that he hopes that he gets things turned around).

  2. Arz is actually 1-5. Bad anyway you slice it.

    • Now it might be partly playing 5 games in 8 days all on the east coast lossing your goalie & getting terrible starts from your alternates options. 3 off those games were very close & even last nights loss was tied right up until OEL took a high sticking penalty with just over 2 minutes remaining. Domi & Duclair are both off to sophomore slumps as well but way to early to write anyone off. Certainly cause for concern though.

      Does this years schedule seem odd to anyone? Why are games so condensed? Numerous teams are playing 5 games in 1 week this year. Philadelphia the 1st this week.

      Bigbear. I have Arz as a bubble team in the west to make the playoffs. I may well be wrong, time will tell but I say when I’m wrong. See Rutherford comments. I wrote him a letter of apology on this very site. Ha-ha!

      • You will be writing a few letters lol

      • The schedule seems heavy because of the World Cup. They lost about a week.

  3. Getzlaf returned briefly then left permanently.

  4. To paraphrase the great Harry Neale, The Leafs “can’t win at home and they’re lousy on the road. They’re running out of places to play.”

    • Good old harry!