NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 23, 2016
Game recaps, injury updates, Las Vegas franchise named & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
LAS VEGAS JOURNAL-REVIEW: Following a brief technical glitch, Las Vegas’ new NHL franchise was officially revealed last night as the Vegas Golden Knights. An estimated 5,000 fans attended the unveiling outside the T-Mobile arena. In addition to the team name, the club logo and colors were also revealed.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was speculated for month the Vegas franchise would be named Golden Knights. The only surprise was they dropped the “Las” from the city name. I like the club logo, though some on Twitter compared it to Magento’s or Boba Fetts‘ helmet. I did chuckle over some folks mocking the new franchise’s name. I wonder how many of them were fans of NHL teams named for waterfowl, red wings, maple leaves and something wild.
NHL.com: The New York Islanders needed 14 shootout rounds to defeat the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on a goal by Nick Leddy.
Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone each had a goal and two assists as the Ottawa Senators rallied to down the Montreal Canadiens 4-3. The Sens snapped a two-game losing streak, while the Habs have dropped four of their last five games. Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure after being struck in the throat by a puck.
Steve Mason made 38 saves and Wayne Simmonds had two points to carry the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. It was a costly win for the Flyers, as center Sean Couturier injured his left knee and could require surgery.
Jake Allen kicked out 39 shots to carry the St. Louis Blues to a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins, marking the Blues fourth straight win. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was forced from the game in the second period. No word yet on his condition.
Viktor Stalberg’s shorthanded goal stood as the winner as the Carolina Hurricanes nipped the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: After making defenseman John Klingberg a healthy scratch on Monday for missing a team meeting, Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff is playing coy over whether Klingberg will return to the lineup for tonight’s game against Nashville.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Hoping to rejuvenate their offense, the Red Wings will have Dylan Larkin centering a line with Thomas Vanek and Gustav Nyquist tonight against the Buffalo Sabres.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning forward J.T. Brown reportedly smashed the cell phone of a heckling Nashville Predators fan after he was ejected from Monday’s game between the two clubs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The fan apparently hopes the Lightning will replace his damaged phone. It’ll be interesting to see what the team and the league has to say about this incident.