NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 29, 2016
Game recaps, stars of the week, injury updates and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Vladimir Tarasenko’s overtime goal lifted the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars. Jamie Oleksiak scored twice for the Stars.
Thomas Hickey scored in overtime to give the New York Islanders a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames. The Islanders lost defenseman Adam Pelech to an upper-body injury.
Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns are the NHL’s three stars for the week ending November 27.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal is sidelined indefinitely with concussion symptoms.
TSN: Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler (finger surgery) will miss the next four-to-six weeks.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings Brendan Smith (sprained knee) and Tyler Bertuzzi (high ankle spain) are both sidelined for one month. Tomas Jurco will return to action from a back injury for the first time since April.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Florida Panthers general manager Tom Rowe cited the club’s inconsistent play this season and philosophical differences as the reasons behind the surprise firing on Sunday of now-former head coach Gerard Gallant. Rowe was named interim coach for the remainder of the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gallant’s firing received universal condemnation from hockey pundits yesterday, who saw the move as a respected old-school coach losing out to front-office disciples of analytics. You can bet whoever takes over for Rowe next summer as the Panthers bench boss must be a big believer in advanced stats.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Center Jack Eichel could make his season debut tonight against the Ottawa Senators. Eichel was sidelined by a high-ankle sprain on the eve of the season opener.
ARIZONA SPORTS: News of Radim Vrbata’s demise appears greatly exaggerated. He’s regained his scoring touch this season with the Coyotes, leading the club with 14 points in 20 games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That puts Vrbata close to a 60-point pace for this season. He netted only 27 points in 2015-16 with the Vancouver Canucks.
THE MERCURY NEWS: San Jose Sharks winger Mikkel Boedker is trying to work through one of the worst slumps of his NHL career. He’s managed only two points in 22 games and was benched in the third period during the Sharks’ recent game against Anaheim.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks signed Boedker last summer to a four-year, $16 million contract. So far, he’s been an expensive bust.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers placed defenseman Mark Fayne on waivers.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets last night traded defenseman Cody Goloubef to the Colorado Avalanche for defenseman Ryan Stanton. Both players are currently in the minors.