NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 11, 2016

by | Dec 11, 2016 | News, NHL | 5 comments

Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty celebrates one of his four goals against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty celebrates one of his four goals against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

Game recaps, player safety hearings update & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHLcom:  Max Pacioretty scored four goals as the Montreal Canadiens buried the Colorado Avalanche 10-1, spoiling the return of Avs captain Gabe Landeskog from injury and Jarome Iginla’s 1,500th career NHL game. The game was over in the first period when the Habs jumped to a 6-0 lead. 

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each scored twice to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Jonathan Drouin also scored two goals in a losing cause. Crosby had left the game with an apparent head injury but returned in the second and showed no ill effects. 

Brayden Schenn tallied a hat trick as the Philadelphia Flyers doubled up the Dallas Stars 4-2, giving the Flyers their eighth straight win. Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak faces a disciplinary hearing for an illegal hit to the head of the Flyers’ Chris VandeVelde.  

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers hold the top wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference, but they’re only two points out of first place in the tight Metropolitan Division. 

Dougie Hamilton scored twice and set up another as the Calgary Flames scorched the Winnipeg Jets 6-2. Mikael Backlund and Matt Tkachuk also had three-point performances and Johnny Gaudreau collected two assists. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After stumbling through the opening month of the season, the Flames are now red hot. They’ve won six in a row and eight of their last 10, climbing into first place in the Pacific Division. 

Cam Atkinson, Seth Jones and Jack Johnson each collected a goal and an assist as the Columbus Blue Jackets thumped the New York Islanders 6-2. It was the Jackets’ sixth consecutive victory. 

Trevor Lewis had a goal and an assist as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-1. Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki faces a disciplinary hearing for boarding Kings forward Tyler Toffoli. 

Aleksander Barkov tallied a goal and an assist as the Florida Panthers held on to a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks. 

Patrick Marleau scored 12 seconds into the game and Paul Martin netted his first of the season as the San Jose Sharks edged the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3. 

Frederik Andersen made 32 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Boston Bruins 4-1. 

Rookies Brendan Perlini and Lauren Dauphin scored to give the Arizona Coyotes a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators. Earlier in the day, the Coyotes placed winger Max Domi (upper-body injury, week-to-week) on injured reserve

SPORTSNET’s Chris Johnston reports the New York Rangers placed center Josh Jooris on waivers. 

NHL.COM: Bill Dineen, former NHL player and coach, member of the AHL Hall of Fame and father of former NHL players Gord, Peter and Kevin Dineen, passed away Saturday at age 84. Dineen won two Stanley Cups as a player with the Detroit Red Wings in 1954 and 1955. He also won two Avco Cup titles coaching the WHA’s Houston Aeros and guided the AHL’s Adirondack Red Wings to two Calder Cup championships. He was coach of the Philadelphia Flyers from 1991 to 1993. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to the Dineen family. 


  1. One player under the radar is Mark Streit. He is having an excellent bounce back year at age 39. I can see the flyers resigning Streit to a short term deal.
    At the same time they may let MDZ walk without a contract offer. He has been a disappointment

    • I agree, MDZ will be let go, or take a hit on pay. They have several D-men waiting in the wings to step up. Hopefully their transition will be as successful as Ghosts’ and Provorovs…

    • I would be very surprised if Streit returns. He’s still capable of manning a teams #1 PP but defensively he leaves much to be desired & his transitional skills are still solid.

      Even if Philadelphia wanted to bring him back no money to do so really. Philadelphia needs to fill 10 roster spots next season with just over 22 mil to do so + the nominal cap increase. No goalies signed, I assume Mason will be retained in or around 5 mil per, the Ghost will be getting Lindholm, Krug, Ristolainen type monies. That eats up almost 10 of that 22 leaving a little over 10 mil to sign, promote or re up 8 players.

      I don’t see Streit or MDZ coming back. The Ghost, Gudas, Manning & MacDonald will all be back. MacDonald will be exposed in expansion but Vegas isn’t selecting him. 1 of Sanheim, Hagg or Morin possibly even 2 will be promoted & a veteran #5/6 guy will be signed on the cheap.

      Neither Streit nor MDZ will come cheap enough & be signed elsewhere for more than Philly can afford to pay them. Or at least that’s how I see it. I’ve been wrong before. ha-ha!

  2. Hurricanes biggest surprise this season has been the inconsistent play from the Hainsey Faulk defensive combination. Neither were ready to play last night and it started with the opening face off.
    Pesce and Slavin have become the Hurricanes number one pairing and its not even close.

  3. Nice to see Montreal not miss a beat with all their injuries and hammer Colorado.

    How great was it to see Toronto take out Boston. 3 games in hand on Boston for the playoff spot would love to see Toronto snake that spot away from Boston..love it.

    The Calgary Flames…Gaudreau, Monahan, Bennett, Tkachuk, Backlund and Frolic all getting points every game. The defensive corp firing on all cylinders. Must be due to the disturbance that Hamilton is in the dressing room…right Boston fan? He’s playing like a superstar. Must be time to trade him. Johnson very quickly becoming the best goaltender in the league.

    was a little disappointed with the Jets last night. They have a great young team. Very exciting players to watch normally. Went to the game and was looking very forward to seeing them play but their goaltending is so horrible. That’s definitely their weakness. fix that and they’ll be hard to beat with their fire power.