NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – October 31, 2016

by | Oct 31, 2016 | News, NHL | 6 comments

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson shuts out the Edmonton Oilers 2-0.

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson shuts out the Edmonton Oilers 2-0.

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. 


  1. Subban has 2 goals & 5 points in 8 games both goals & 4 of the 5 points coming on the PP & he sits minus 7! Tied with Neal for worst on the team. That’s not playing very well to me.

    I don’t put a ton of weight on any 1 stat but wins & points but I do use +/- as a a comparison with in a team but not team to team. The stat has all kinds of flaws but anyway you slice it being minus 7 in 8 games is bad. Nor can you use it really to compare players from other teams. Quality of competition, was the player truly at fault or did he have anything to do with the goal being scored against. Goals are often scored as 1 player makes a mistake & his 4 linemates are saddled with a minus & why a player doesn’t get a minus if serving a penalty & the other team scores a PPG makes no sense to me. Or how about a line change. a player just steps off the ice, a player steps on & boom a goal is scored. A player can draw an assist but not get the minus. Or looking at it the other way a bad line change caused the goal? Players stepping on & off the ice in the same scenario. Or what do you do if 6 skaters are on the ice at the time of the goal but with in the line change rules. Certain # of feet away from the bench but the puck not with 10 feet of them.

    Considering so many NHL stats are subjective, hits, give aways, take aways; where these 2 happen is also significant, d zone or O zone & which side of the play your team is on when they happen, etc. & in analytical stats even more is subjective. Why the NHL doesn’t review goals & determine a more accurate +/- system seems idiotic to me. That’s an advanced stat that should be added to analytics. The discussion we had yesterday about Reilly on Gelchnyuk’s goal. 1 player was responsible for that goal against. Matthews. Andersen didn’t even have time to come across. Steve Smith’s dreaded give away against Calgary. Why should 4 other players take a minus on such plays.

    Even assists are flawed. Should the NHL even be awarding what I call soft assists? Dman takes a shot, goalie or Dman bats or directs the puck out of harms way next shooter scores. These soft assists especially the 2nd 1’s are rarely awarded in IIHF leagues Sweden, Finland or the KHL. Passes need to be tick tack toe in these leagues with few exceptions.

    • The pk Weber trade will be one sided for 4-5yrs Weber is the way better all around dman and more valuable to a team. Poile IMO made a mistake if he was thinking pk would improve the team for winning now.

      • Apparently Fisher held a meeting with the Preds front office staff to “return order in the locker room regarding new chemistry” specifically Subban related.

      • Ya I read an article on that too, they definitely don’t look the same solid defense do they?

  2. Striker I often look at +/- as well. I dont put too much stock into anymore as the other day Marner got a minus and the announcers said he had been on the ice for about 1 second. Josi has a bad plus minus as well. So many variables that are not considered in this stat. You could be doing a great job covering your man and another player lets his go, bang it hits your plus minus.

    As for the Subban Weber trade I have always thought Weber was the better all around player. As for the age thing, Weber is such a freak he’s got too much pride to let his age ( when he hits 35-40 )to be an issue. In the end it’s a deal that will help both sides and I bet after 10 yrs people will still be debating who won.

  3. I just got to say…Very Happy to see Anderson come out and deny my Calgary Flames a win. Very heart felt wrap up at the end of that game. Having been someone who’s wife had cancer I can’t even fathom how he couldn’t have had…one second…one moment of time where he wasn’t thinking about anything other than his wife let alone backstopping an NHL game. Brought tears to my eyes. Hoping for the best for that family.