NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 31, 2016
Game recaps, injury updates, the Predators slow start & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: In his first game since learning his wife has cancer, Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson made 37 saves to shut out the Edmonton Oilers 2-0.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An emotional victory for Anderson and his teammates. He was named the game’s first star and received a nice ovation from the Edmonton fans.
Michael Grabner tallied a hat trick to power the New York Rangers to a 6-1 beatdown of the Tampa Bay Lightning, spoiling the return of Ryan Callahan and Nikita Kucherov to the Bolts lineup.
Corey Crawford kicked out 32 shots and Jonathan Toews tallied his first goal of the season as the Chicago Blackhawks blanked the Los Angeles Kings 3-0. Earlier in the day, the Kings placed blueliner Brayden McNabb on injured reserve.
Kyle Okposo scored twice as the Buffalo Sabres downed the Winnipeg Jets 3-1. The Jets played without defenseman Tyler Myers, who was sidelined by a lower-body injury.
Marcus Johansson’s two goals, including the game winner, lifted the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.
Brock Nelson and Shane Prince each had a goal and an assists as the New York Islanders thumped the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek (lower-body injury) is now listed as week-to-week.
NBC SPORTS: Wings forward Steve Ott was fined over $2,200.00 for spearing Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara in a recent game.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators are off to a surprisingly poor start, sporting a 2-5-1 record in October.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Big things were expected of the Preds after they shipped long-time captain Shea Weber to the Montreal Canadiens for puck-moving blueline star P.K. Subban. While Subban’s played well for the Preds, they haven’t performed well as a team. Meanwhile, Weber’s been a major factor in the Canadiens 8-0-1 start.
STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues strong penalty killing (93.9 percent) is a critical factor in their 5-2-2 start.
TSN.CA: Bauer’s bankruptcy could end up cancelling their endorsement contracts with top NHL stars such as Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.