NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 21, 2016
Game recaps, injury updates, state of the Islanders & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Jeff Carter scored twice and collected his 600th career point to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Earlier in the day, the Ducks announced they called up defenseman Shea Theodore.
Vincent Trocheck and Aleksander Barkov scored in a shootout to lift the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers, who also lost center Mika Zibanejad to a broken fibula earlier in the game.
Alexander Wennberg’s late power-play goal lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals. Washington coach Barry Trotz hopes the league fines Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno for embellishment that led to a high-sticking penalty on Nicklas Backstrom, resulting in the Jackets’ game-winning goal.
Victor Rask scored his eighth goal of the season as the Carolina Hurricanes picked up their fourth straight victory with a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
MIkael Backlund scored the game winner and Dougie Hamilton collected three assists as the Calgary Flames edged the Detroit Red Wings 3-2. The Wings also lost defenseman Alexey Marchenko to an upper-body injury.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes a series of bad moves by the New York Islanders not only threatens the future of general manager Garth Snow and head coach Jack Capuano, but also that of captain John Tavares, who’s eligible in 2018 for unrestricted free agency. Brooks considers the departures of Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin last summer via free agency, the signing of Andrew Ladd and the club’s poor draft record in recent years among the reasons for their struggles this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once again, the Isles are a mess. Losing Okposo, Nielsen and Martin hurt team chemistry, Ladd’s been a huge bust thus far, Tavares has third liners as his wingers while Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome and Anthony Beauvillier are struggling to score. Factor in the ongoing problems of playing at Barclays Center, and this season is shaping up to be another disaster for the Isles.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Stars placed veteran defenseman Johnny Oduya on injured reserve and recalled Esa Lindell and Julius Honka.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond cleared waivers and was demoted to their AHL affiliate in Binghamton.
ARIZONA SPORTS: The Coyotes returned center Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL for the remainder of the season.