NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 3, 2016

by | Nov 3, 2016 | News, NHL | 9 comments

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price makes one of his 42 saves against the Vancouver Canucks.

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price makes one of his 42 saves against the Vancouver Canucks.

Game recaps, Senators acquire Condon from Penguins, injury updates & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.  

NHL.COM: Carey Price put in a 42-save shutout performance as the Montreal Canadiens blanked the Vancouver Canucks 2-0. The victory was the Habs eighth straight, lifting their record to 9-0-1 on the season. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Price is showing no ill effects from the knee injury that sidelined him for most of last season. He’s now second among goalies in wins (six) and save percentage (.964) and third in goals-against average (1.17). 

Defenseman Kris Letang and goaltender Matt Murray returned from injury to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-1 thumping of the Anaheim Ducks. Letang scored a goal and set up another, while Murray made 32 saves. The Ducks were playing without first-line forwards Ryan Getzlaf  (day-to-day, upper-body injury) and Nick Ritchie (concussion protocol). Earlier in the day, the Ducks placed winger Mason Raymond on unconditional waivers in preparation for a mutual termination of his contract. 

Mark Streit scored the game-tying goal late in the third and Jakub Voracek potted the winner in overtime to lift the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. 

TSN: The Ottawa Senators yesterday acquired goaltender Mike Condon from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2017. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Andrew Hammond injured and Matt O’Connor still not fully ready for prime time, the Senators needed a quality backup for starter Craig Anderson, whose wife was recently diagnosed with cancer. Condon is an affordable short-term option for Ottawa. 

THE TENNESSEAN’s Adam Vingan reports Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. 

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Tom Gilbert faces a disciplinary hearing today for boarding/charging Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Ritchie in a recent game. 

NHL.COM: St. Louis Blues placed defenseman Robert Bortuzzo (lower-body injury) on injured reserve. 

NBC SPORTS:  The league is investigating the poor ice conditions at Barclays Center, home of the New York Islanders.

THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis hints at a possible moves of those teams out of their downtown Washington arena.  He stresses he’s not actively seeking to move those franchises to Virginia or Maryland and hasn’t had any active discussions about leaving Verizon Center. Leonsis danced around the suggestion of moving to the current site of RFK Stadium.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds to me like Leonsis is eyeing a new stadium to house his teams sometime within the next 10 years. 


  1. As Lyle says “on a non hockey related note…”
    I’m all about balance and don’t think analytics are everything but find it interesting that Theo Epstein a big believer in analytics has now managed the Red Sox and Cubs to the World Series ending droughts that combine for 195 years, maybe there is something to these things. Yes there needs to be balance stats and numbers are not everything but…

    • The problem is, no other sport has the perfect suitability for analytics that baseball has. Every play is isolated; it’s not like other sports where multiple things are going on.

      • I don’t think anything is perfect including baseball, but with a large enough sample size and the more information you gather the higher the probability.

      • Hockey is so unpredictable with line matchups defensive pairings, baseball isn’t near as much of a team sport. Hockey analytics is very limited depending who that player is playing with or against at that much moment

  2. And how good would JVR look in a Ducks jersey right about now?

    • He hasn’t looked great this yr don’t think he would help that much right now?

  3. What the Cubs and Indians did was to bring renewed hope to Leafs fans (and Canucks, Jets, Sens fans, etc.) that it is possible to get to the big dance again and maybe, just maybe, win the ultimate prize. The Cubs’ annual payroll might not relate to the cap world of the NHL but Cleveland’s budget wasn’t huge by any means. What a Game 7 that was!

    • That was the best series and definitely the best game 7 I’ve seen in awhile!

  4. So Rutherford basically turned nothing into a 5th round pick.

    Hard to get excited about a fifth rounder, but that’s excellent asset management right there.