NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 26, 2016

by | Nov 26, 2016 | News, NHL | 26 comments

Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexander Wennberg celebrates a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexander Wennberg celebrates a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Game recaps, injury updates  a league milestone and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.com: Alexander Wennberg, Cam Atkinson and Brandon Saad each had a goal and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets downed the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nearly two months into this season, the Jackets are showing no sign of fading. They’re not last season’s sad sack bunch and must be taken seriously. 

Colin Wilson and Ryan Johansen netted two goals each and Mike Fisher collected three assists to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets, handing the latter their fifth straight defeat. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a game involving two teams heading in different directions. After a poor start, the Predators are rapidly climbing up the Western Conference standings. The Jets, after showing some promise riding the offense of Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine, have fallen out of a playoff berth. 

Charlie Coyote and Nino Niederreiter each scored twice to power the Minnesota Wild to a 6-2 thrashing of the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Frans Nielsen scored twice and set up Mike Green’s overtime goal as the Detroit Red Wings beat the New Jersey Devils 5-4. Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard left the game with a groin injury and is expected to be sidelined for at least a week. 

Patrick Kane scored a goal and set up another to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks. 

Shootout goals by Radim Vrbata and Oliver Ekman-Larsson lifted the Arizona Coyotes to a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. 

Mark Puempel scored his first goal as a New York Ranger while Henrik Lundqvist turned in a 40-save performance to give the Blueshirts a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. 

Patrick Marleau’s goal with 22 seconds remaining in the third period lifted the San Jose Sharks to a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders. 

Philipp Grubauer made 32 saves to backstop the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Chad Johnson kicked out 35 shots and Alex Chiasson scored the game winner as the Calgary Flames edged the Boston Bruins 2-1. 

Esa Lindell scored his first NHL goal and Antti Niemi made 30 saves as the Dallas Stars nipped the Vancouver Canucks 2-1. 

The National Hockey League is 99 years old. The league was officially formed on November 26, 1917. Play began on Dec. 19, 1917. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The league will be celebrating its centennial with several events throughout 2017

MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers first-line forwards Jaromir Jagr and Aleksander Barkov are struggling to score. Both have only two goals this season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The decline in their scoring is one of the reasons for the Panthers’ struggles thus far this season. 

THE DENVER POST: Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov (upper-body injury) will miss tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks. 

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Winger Marian Gaborik could make his season debut tonight for the Kings against the Chicago Blackhawks. Gaborik suffered a broken foot during the World Cup of Hockey. 

TSN:  Veteran defenseman Matt Carle has announced his retirement. In 730 career games over 12 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers and Nashville Predators, the 32-year-old scored 45 goals and 283 points. He exceeded 30 points five times, including a career-best 42 points in 2006-07 with the Sharks. 


  1. George, Would love to hear a Sens fans take on Puempel. Is this guy a bust?

    • Too young and with a good Major Junior pedigree to say “bust.” He had his chances in Ottawa and, at one stretch last season, looked to have turned the corner with some impressive play at both ends – but then he made a rookie mistake and Cameron, already feeling the heat, sent him back to the press box and, eventually, the AHL. His starts this season really showed nothing and when Lazar came back up he was the odd man out. I really think Dorion hoped to sneak him through waivers and give him more seasoning in Binghamton, this time under Kurt Kleinendorst who’s back as coach there (they won the Calder Cup under him in 2011). Actually, I don’t know how many teams passed on him before NY got their chance, but it did surprise me a bit that teams like Arizona and Vancouver didn’t take a chance – or even Buffalo. I really hope the kid does well with the Rangers.

    • Goes missing for weeks at a time then 2 stellar games then back to a week of being MIA..if he is ever consistent he could be something. IMO

    • Thanks. He looked pretty good yesterday, but I haven’t really seen him before. Not sure if NY keeps him once they are fully healthy. Maybe he ends up right back in Ottawa if NY waives him?

      • He could wind up with the nick-name yo-yo. Not sure how that works, although I suspect NYR will have to waive him if they try and send him to their AHL team (Hartford?)

  2. So it seems like the Preds are back to blowing people out and are now 7-3 in their past 10 games and despite the slow start Subban is 6 points in his last 5 games (4 of them wins) and now only sits 3 points behind Weber…. Maybe Poile knew what he was doing after all?

    • The Preds are indeed shooting up the standings – but as a D-man, Subban is still a -7 while Weber is a +17. I’d still take Weber or Subban for the intangibles.

      • “over” – damned faded script 🙂

      • Jake Gardiner is a plus 5 George not sure Weber +15 has much to do with anything more than playing in front of Price at 5 on 5

      • Weber is a way better all around dman than subban it’s not close there is a reason he was on the World Cup team and subban wasn’t

      • Weber is a way better all around dman than subban it’s not close there is a reason he was on the World Cup team and subban wasn’t

      • Only a leaf fan would add gardiner into the mix when talking about Weber and subban!! Lol

      • Hell, Mark Methot is a +6 – does that come from playing in front of Anderson/Condon/Hammond?

      • That’s kinda my point George I don’t think +/- is any kind of metric on what is or isn’t good defensively…because player A is + whatever doesn’t necisarlly mean he is better defensively than another player it measures goal differential at 5 on 5 it doesn’t measure any defensive abilities. I don’t think that in very many cases +/- is any indication of much of anything accept maybe how often a player was on the ice with a struggling team. Mario Lemieux had minus years so did Ray Bourque Paul Coffee Nick Lidstrom Erik Karlsson Chris Pronger…. they not good defensively? A team like the Habs that have a 10 game winning streak on the back of a goalie like Price is going to have + players

      • A good defensive team like the habs keep shots to the perimeter, box out and grab rebounds shots on goal are pretty meaningless unless you watch the game and seee the chances. As far as Weber and subban go Weber has more points and well let’s just say pk can’t hold a stick to webers own zone play

      • I get your point Shticky, but +/- isn’t the reason why I would take Weber over Subban. Among the intangibles I mention are quiet leadership and less prone to taking dumb penalties (counting only full seasons, Weber has averaged 53 min a year in the sin-bin while Subban is closer to 100 at 95 min). Flamboyancy may be good for the gate but it draws extra on-ice attention which sometimes can be a distraction.

      • Good point George also the turnovers while puck carrying dmen have more turnovers pk seems to do a lot when he is last man which usually turns into quality chances or goals

      • To each their own George I can understand the view that Weber is the quieter player and agree with that and leadership quality and ya he takes less penalties, I like Weber too to a point, they are just different players at different point in their career, I just don’t buy the fanboy view of Weber is better defensively (he’s not really) and I like PK better in the long term.

      • There is not a person in the NHL that would say pk is better defensively than Weber!! Could be the dumbest comment ever OMG

  3. The Bluejackets definitely look for real! The Jets, on the other hand, look awful! They had a big win over Chicago and then look horrible in other games. They fall behind quickly it seems and have to play catch up hockey all the time. This team is much better than this. Perhaps Paul Maurice needs to be added to the vulnerable coach’s list?

    • Kinda starting to wonder about that room myself but you could be right about Maurice who seems to have a relatively short shelf life as far as coaches go

      • Me thinks the Jets need to take a long hard look at their goalies and maybe clean up the dressing room. It really doesn`t look like a blessing to have Trouba back. I realize it`s only 8 games, but the ? marks are starting to show.

      • Yep agree with both y’all…lots of questions in the Peg

      • Definitely not the goaltending, haven’t heard of any locker room stuff I think it’s more the style of team defense Maurice runs it hasn’t looked good.

  4. The media has made it clear the Jets are disappointed in their goaltending to the point where they are considering recalling Pavelec. Not sure what their issue is as the talent is definitely there.
    As for plus minus I have said before it’s a horrible stat. The best example of this is when Marner was on the ice for 2 secs, and ended up with a minus. He didn’t get near the play and was charged. Not a great stat IMO.

    • Their goalies definitely aren’t elite but I’ve watched the jets a bunch and a lot of those goals the goalies didn’t stand a chance. The media always puts the blame on someone it’s their job