NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 8, 2016

by | Nov 8, 2016 | News, NHL | 4 comments

Andrew Ladd celebrates his first goal with the New York Islanders in their 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Andrew Ladd celebrates his first goal with the New York Islanders in their 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

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

NHL.COM: Third-period goals by Cal Clutterbuck and Andrew Ladd lifted the New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the free-falling Vancouver Canucks, who dropped their ninth straight game. 

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask turned in a 32-save performance backstopping his club to a 4-0 blanking of the Buffalo Sabres. 

Reilly Smith scored the game winner as the Florida Panthers downed the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1. The Lightning were without center Valtteri Filppula, who’s day-to-day with a lower-body injury

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford and New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes are the NHL’s Three Stars for the week ending November 6. 

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones will miss the next three weeks with a hairline fracture in his foot. 

The Detroit Red Wings placed left wing Thomas Vanek on long-term injury reserve and called up forward Tyler Bertuzzi. 

THE SCORE: The Los Angeles Kings active goaltender Jeff Zatkoff off injured reserve.

CALGARY SUN: Flames president Brian Burke blames his club’s top players, including Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, for their 5-8-1 record. “I’m not one for calling players out or naming names but our top guys are not playing up to their level — it’s that simple.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burke’s not wrong, Gaudreau and Monahan have not played up to expectations early in this season. While Gaudreau missing training camp due to his contract negotiations could be considered a factor, he also played for Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey, so it’s not as though he didn’t see any quality playing time before the start of the season. 

SPORTSNET: Despite the Montreal Canadiens trending downward in shots-against and the penalty kill, coach Michel Therrien claims he’s unconcerned by those trends. While acknowledging those areas need improvement, he points to the club’s 10-1-1 record. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see if those issues persist in the coming weeks. Superstar goaltender Carey Price can offset those issues, but only for so long. At some point, they’ll start costing the Habs games. 

PHILLY.COM: Flyers goalies Steve Mason and MIchal Neuvirth are struggling between the pipes, allowing the second-worst combined goals-against average (3.69) in the league. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Why is goaltending a persistent problem for the Flyers? Perhaps they need to do a better job of drafting and developing quality netminders. They did have a good one years ago (Sergei Bobrovsky), but traded him to Columbus. Trying to find them from other teams isn’t a strategy that’s working well for them in the long term. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Shoddy goaltending and inconsistent defense are to blame for the Carolina Hurricanes’ poor start. 

LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: The NHL’s Las Vegas expansion franchise will reveal it’s name and logo on November 22. 


  1. & there we go again blaming the goalies. Both Mason & Neuvirth have posted above average SV% as Flyers until this season & their career averages are solid considering both played for brutal teams before getting to Philadelphia. Have you watched the Flyers play this season?

    Provorov has been a train wreck defensively, the Ghosts’s strength’s aren’t stopping goals nor is that Streit’s strong suit. This D is bad. Team defense isn’t great either.

    Yes Mason & Neuvirth haven’t played well but it has more to do than with just them. Playing from behind constantly is a terrible formula for success as well. You have to stretch the offense to try & score. No team other than the Canucks has scored fewer 1st period goals & had to open it up to get back in the game.

    Philadelphia is doing a great job of suppressing shots as they have the puck getting a ton of shots themselves, but the quality of the shots they do give up due to bad decisions & missed assignments is alarming.

    If not for a stellar PP & the 3rd most PP opportunities in the league Philadelphia would be 1 of the worst teams in the league. This formula for success isn’t a great way to have long term success or playoff success.

    • Not the first time Mason has put up some craptastic numbers before and won a Calder playing behind a team you acknowledge as being brutal I think the moral of this story is he can at times be pretty inconsistent which is the case so far this year. The stand by excuse of a team losing has become the D is bad but if you look at goaltending you can’t ignore that in today’s NHL which aside from so far this year is typically a low scoring league your goalie can not be letting in 14% (allowing goals double his avg rate at .911) of the shots he is facing D can only do so much and when you are not allowing many shots but you are still giving up nearly 4 goals a game you are not going to win much. Goaltending is an issue when sv% starts dipping under .890 for extended periods like it or not. Any goalie would tell you the same that it’s not all on the D.

      • The Flyers only give up 27 shots a night (it’s top 5 in the league) they are going to give up a lot fewer high danger scoring chances than a team that gives up nearly 35 shots a night, over the course of 11 games.

  2. The Canucks look awful and Desjardins will likely lose his job if the losses keep piling up.