NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 16, 2016

by | Dec 16, 2016 | News, NHL | 10 comments

Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin collides with NY Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin collides with NY Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

Game recaps, Kris Letang sidelined, suspension hearing for Mike Hoffman and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.com: New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash scored a shorthanded goal in his first game back from injury and Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist shook off being charged by Dallas Stars center Cody Eakin in the first period as the Blueshirts blanked the Stars 2-0. Eakin received a five minute major penalty and a game misconduct. Lundqvist briefly left the game but returned to finish it. 

Vladimir Tarasenko scored and set up two others to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils, who’ve now dropped four games in a row. 

Eric Staal scored twice and Devan Dubnyk made 34 saves as the Minnesota Wild picked up their sixth straight victory by downing the Nashville Predators 5-2. 

Artemi Panarin scored twice, Scott Darling made 28 saves and Richard Panik netted the game winner as the Chicago Blackhawks overcome a 2-0 deficit to beat the New York Islanders 5-4. 

Tyler Toffoli scored twice in the third period to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 victory over the struggling Detroit Red Wings, who’ve now dropped four straight games. 

Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews scored against the Arizona Coyotes (his hometown team), but it was former Leaf Peter Holland who tallied the winning goal in a shootout as the Coyotes edged the Leafs 3-2. 

Second period goals by Rickard Rakell and Josh Manson helped the Anaheim Ducks overcome a 2-0 deficit to edge the Boston Bruins 4-3, marking the fifth loss in six games for the Bruins. 

Mathieu Perreault scored in the sixth round of a shootout to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers to snap a four-game losing streak. Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves for the victory. 

TRIBLIVE.COM:  Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said defenseman Kris Letang will miss “a couple of weeks” to a lower-body injury. 

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators forward Mike Hofffman has a telephone hearing with the NHL’s department of player safety today regarding his cross check to the head of San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture. He faces a possible suspension. 

THE DETROIT NEWS:  Red Wings forward Darren Helm (dislocated left shoulder) hopes to return to action near Jan. 1. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: The Sharks have called up top prospect Timo Meier for their upcoming game against the Montreal Canadiens. 

TVA SPORTS:  In a new book from Philadelphia sports writer Jay Greenberg, during the 2013 NHL draft, Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin offered up left wing Max Pacioretty and a first-round pick (25th overall) to the Philadelphia Flyers for winger Wayne Simmonds and the 11th overall pick. Ultimately, the deal didn’t take place. The Habs selected Michael McCarron and the Flyers took Sam Morin with their respective picks. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s bound to fuel some interesting “what if?” chatter among Habs and Flyers fans. I don’t think either club suffered from this deal falling through. 


  1. “Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews scored against the Arizona Coyotes (his hometown team), but it was former Leaf Peter Holland who tallied the winning goal in a shootout as the Coyotes edged the Leafs 3-2.”

    I guess you could file that under “Poetic Justice”

    • Yes George.. good for Holly! I still don’t understand the Ben Smith signing and ousting of Holland and now Corrado benching then Leivo. Babcock is certainly looking at fault in these current debacles. Makes me realize that the Leafs are really cursed and that we are a long way from icing a winning team. Leafs just have no luck whatsoever.

      • LOL only a leafs fan can claim trading away a 3rd/4th line center on a bottom feeding team who struggled to fit in to bab’s system a “debacle”. Keeping it real.

        Good on Holland I’m sure he’ll fit in somewhere and hopefully become more than just a replaceable level player.

  2. You gotta love Espns headline today.

    “Hit by Cody Eakin on Henrik Lundqvist underlines the fact that goalies should be fair game”


    • Goalies should be fair game when they leave thier crease – there is no reason to not have that in the game – but there was no reason for Eakin to throw an elbow into his hit. No reason for that regardless of who is being hit. That’s what the refs felt with how the penalized him, that’s I hope the NHL addresses and what ESPN seems to miss.

      • When a goalie goes way out of his crease to become, in effect, a 3rd D and pass the puck around he SHOULD be subject to the same legal bodychecks as any skater. Hell, they are the most “protected” player on the ice in terms of equipment. That’s the way it was way back when John Ferguson’s eyes would light up like a pinball machine at the sight of a puck-playing goalie in the corner.

      • Maybe they should, maybe they shouldn’t. Either way I find it bizarre that ESPN chose this hit in particular. If it was a forward or d-man the hit was not clean.

        And it’s funny how ESPN viewed Marty challenging Avery on a breakaway several years ago and getting run over in the process ( literally meeting Avery head on charging for the blue line ) as filthy.

  3. Still a bit shocked a Ranger did not go after Eakin…

    • Welcome to Gary Bettman’s world of no hit, no fighting. Somewhere down the road someone will spear Eakins and all will be good in Gary’s world

  4. The proposed deal for Montreal and Philly is an interesting “what if” mainly because of the draft picks. the 11th pick has a lot of guys still on the board (particularly at center) who could really have changed the look of the Habs. That said, I totaloly get why Philly would pass on the deal.