NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 16, 2016
Game recaps, injury updates, expansion draft rules & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: James van Riemsdyk’s hat trick power the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 6-2 thumping of the Nashville Predators. The Predators were without goalie Pekka Rinne, who’s day-to-day with a lower body injury.
J.T. Miller and Kevin Hayes each scored twice as the New York Rangers crushed the Vancouver Canucks 7-2.
Aaron Ekblad’s fluky overtime goal lifted the Florida Panthers to a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens, handing the latter consecutive losses for the first time this season.
Nikita Kucherov scored twice to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, but Lightning captain Steven Stamkos left the game with an apparent injury to his right leg. The Wings also lost forward Darren Helm indefinitely to an upper-body injury.
Erik Karlsson’s shootout goal lifted the Ottawa Senators to a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Adam Henrique’s overtime marker gave the New Jersey Devils their fifth straight win, beating the Dallas Stars 2-1. The Devils played without Taylor Hall, who returned to New Jersey to undergo an MRI for a lower-body injury.
Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves for his first shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
John Gibson made 33 saves backstopping the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-1 victory over the slumping Edmonton Oilers, handing the latter their fourth straight defeat.
Johnny Gaudreau scored the only goal and Brian Elliott made 27 saves as the Calgary Flames shut out the Minnesota Wild 1-0.
Cam Atkinson’s overtime market gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals.
Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward made 22 saves to shut out the San Jose Sharks 1-0.
The St. Louis Blues snapped a three-game losing skid with a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
Patrick Wiercioch had a goal and an assist and Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves as the Colorado Avalanche dumped the Los Angeles Kings 4-1.
ESPN.COM: Concerns about potential loopholes in next June’s expansion draft were among the topics in yesterday’s meeting of NHL general managers. They were concerned the Las Vegas franchise could take advantage of the 48-hour window to talk to other club’s pending UFAs, quietly agree to a contract with a free agent but not officially announce it until July 1, thus enabling them to select another player off that team’s roster via the expansion draft. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said any team that violates the draft rules will be forced to forego a first-round pick.
KUKLA’S KORNER: The Centennial Classic Alumni Game lineups were revealed yesterday. Notable participants include Darryl Sittler, Doug Gilmour, Niklas Lidstrom and Brendan Shanahan.