NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 13, 2016
Game recaps, state of Blues coaching, Loui Eriksson’s struggles & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Carey Price picked up his second shutout of the season as the Montreal Canadiens blanked the Detroit Red Wings 5-0. It was the Habs 10th straight home victory, setting a franchise record for most home wins to start a season.
Nick Foligno scored a goal and added two assists and Sam Gagner scored twice as the Columbus Blue Jackets thumped the St. Louis Blues 8-4. Prior to this game, Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted the Blues struggles this season and wondered if it’s time for head coach Ken Hitchcock to hand over the reins to assistant Mike Yeo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is supposed to be Hitchcock’s final season behind the Blues’ bench, after which Yeo would supposedly take over. With 17 points in 16 games, they’re unlikely to change coaches now. However, if the Blues slide out of the playoff race as the season progresses, pressure could mount on Hitchcock to step aside.
Sidney Crosby tallied his 10th goal of the season and Matt Murray turned aside 35 shots to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Sebastien Aho netted the first two goals of his NHL career and Jordan Staal had a goal and three assists to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals.
James Neal scored twice while Pekka Rinne picked up his 41st career shutout to give the Nashville Predators a 5-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks.
Michael Grabner scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season as the New York Rangers downed the Calgary Flames 4-1, handing the latter their fourth straight defeat.
Martin Jones made 25 saves backstopping the San Jose Sharks to a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, giving the Sharks their third straight win in their six-game road trip.
David Pastrnak scored his 10th of the season and Tuukka Rask made 31 saves as the Boston Bruins edged the Arizona Coyotes 2-1.
Brayden Schenn’s third-period goal helped the Philadelphia Flyers nip the Minnesota Wild 3-2.
Jonathan Marchessault scored the game-tying goal and Denis Malgin tallied in overtime to lift the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.
Cory Schneider had a 21-save performance in the New Jersey Devils 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, giving the Devils their fourth consecutive victory. Earlier in the day, the Devils acquired forward Petr Straka from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2017 or 2018. They were also playing without winger Mike Cammalleri, who missed the game for personal reasons. It remains to be seen if he’ll accompany the team on their upcoming road trip.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks signing winger Loui Eriksson hasn’t panned out as hoped thus far. He’s managed only one goal in his first 15 games as a Canuck.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks invested $36 million over five years in Eriksson, who was supposed to help them remain a playoff contender as management attempts to rebuild on the fly. While there’s still time for him to regain his scoring groove, this deal is already starting to be cited as a significant failure by critics of Canucks GM Jim Benning.