NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 8, 2016
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.