NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 17, 2016

by | Dec 17, 2016 | News, NHL | 15 comments

Goaltender Carey Price shoots a glare down the Montreal Canadiens' bench after being pulled from their game against the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

Goaltender Carey Price shoots a glare down the Montreal Canadiens’ bench after being pulled from their game against the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

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

NHL.com:  The San Jose Sharks doubled up the Montreal Canadiens 4-2, chasing goaltender Carey Price in the second period after he gave up four goals on 18 shots. Price wasn’t pleased, shooting an angry look down his team’s bench as he left the ice. Sharks rookie Timo Meier scored his first NHL goal. The Canadiens were without Andrew Shaw, who is sidelined for two games with concussion-like symptoms

SPECTOR’S NOTE: None of the goals allowed by Price were his fault, as he was left hung out to dry by his teammates. However, his dirty look down the Habs bench as he left the game had talking heads in Montreal comparing it to Patrick Roy’s actions in his infamous final game with the Canadiens. There’s no comparison. Price didn’t make a scene or publicly proclaim he’s played his last game as a Hab. However, when the usually unflappable Price shows any sign of anger or frustration, it’s cause for chatter among some in the Montreal media. 

Rookie blueliner Zach Werenski collected two assists as the Columbus Blue Jackets picked up their eighth consecutive victory by defeating the Calgary Flames 4-1. Werenski now has 20 points this season. 

Tyler Toffoli scored in overtime and Peter Budaj made 39 saves to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 1-0 blanking of the Pittsburgh Penguins, snapping the latter’s seven-game winning streak. 

Shootout goals by T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov gave the Washington Capitals a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Alex Ovechkin tallied his team-leading 14th goal of the season for the Capitals, while Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho each had two points for the Hurricanes. 

Alex Burrows scored and set up another and Ryan Miller made 25 saves as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2. The Canucks also inducted former defenseman Mattias Ohlund into their Ring of Honour. Ohlund played 11 of his 13 NHL seasons with the Canucks, followed by two with the Lightning. The Bolts were without forwards Nikita Kucherov (lower-body injury) and Ondrej Palat (undisclosed). 

Jason Demers had a goal and an assists and James Reimer made 30 saves to give the Florida Panthers a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. 

Rasmus Ristolainen’s overtime goal lifted the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: After leading the NHL last season with 46 goals, Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane is currently on pace for only 20. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kane is tied for the Blackhawks’ point lead with 29. However, he’s currently on track for only 75 points, a considerable decline from his career-high of 106 last season. 

THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars forward Cody Eakin received a four-game suspension for a “high, hard hit” on New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. 

THE MERCURY NEWS:  Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman received a two-game suspension for cross-checking San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture, while Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was fined $5000.00 for dangerous use of his stick against Senators’ defenseman Erik Karlsson. The incidents occurred during the Sharks-Senators game two days ago. 

TORONTO SUN:  Maple Leafs defenseman Martin Marincin is on injured reserve four-to-six weeks with a lower-back injury. 

SPORTSNET:  A documentary on the California Golden Seals is expected to be released in January on ITunes. 


  1. I know it’s only December however it would appear that Columbus Blue Jackets is looking to be the Cinderella team this year and may win the President’s trophy for best record.

    They are definitely a well coached team! Good on them.

    • I’m not kicking them, and would love to see them do well. But I think the next 8 game will be a little more of a test than the last 8 games / streak. Wins over Arizona twice, Calgary, NYI’s Detroit, Edmonton and Colorado. Calgary being the only team in that list over .500 (1 game over .500) doesn’t exactly have me polishing up the presidents trophy for them just yet.

      • You got it. Gotta keep things in proper perspective. While it’s nice to see Columbus doing well, given all their recent problems, in this case I’m from Missouri.

      • None of them are over 500 including Calgary. Calgary was 500 going into the game last night. Now they are 1 game under at 16-15-2. I believe OTL stands for over time loss. It’s not a tie just a way to get fans to think their teams are better than they are & help make the NHL’s stupid scoring system make sense in the standings but it’s still a loss.

        I agree with you. The schedule for them over this run has been favorable. There are just a ton of oddities in this years schedule for a whole range of teams. Never seen anything like it.

      • First guy to yip that this about how it’s normal to lose even to bad clubs with a compressed schedule the Bluejackets win 4 games in a week to top off 8 in a row (including back to back fri sat) and it’s a ya but from Striker lol why not tell us again that pairity is alive and well! lol

      • Really Striker? Thanks for the education on otl.

        However you can save your smug pompous comments. An otl also awards 1 point so technically speaking out of a possible 66 points Columbus could have accumulated through the season, they’ve accumulated 34…… Which equates to….. Say it with me professor….. Roughly. 500 hockey.

        Seriously as if your posts weren’t brutal enough with your never ending travel, fantasy pools, and patting yourself on the back endlessly!!!!

        Save your smug bs for yahoo!!!

  2. The Jackets didn’t pick the teams they played over this stretch and I sure if any one of our teams pulled off 8 in a row (especially mine cause well the Leafs still are kinda blah as far as winning goes) we would be feeling pretty good about our team. Good for the Jackets.

    • And it’s not like they squeezing wins out Juan do they ever score a lot of goals, 10 on Montreal 8 on the blues 6 on the Islanders a combined 10-4over the lightning in 2 games… I’d say it’s more than they are just winning but how they are winning some of these games. Decent D pretty good goaltending and they can blow you out if your not on you’re game.

      • Right now, Tampa is a shell of the cup winner most were handing them in August.

      • I agree it seemed like a lot of people were expecting a lot from Tampa. I’m starting to kinda wonder if this isn’t a case of one of those really good teams that could never quite make it over the hump and win a championship. Not that they are old or the window closing really but I wonder if their upcoming cap trouble doesn’t kind of hold them back in coming years unable to add pieces they may need to compensate for injuries or fill some depth positions. Seems like Stevie might just maybe be starting to paint himself in a corner.

    • I’m not downplaying 8 in a row. I thinks it’s impressive in any sport regardless of the quality of competition. But it is something to look at. If that stretch included seeing Pittsburgh, Chicago, Montreal, NYR’s, or Philly who happen to be on a tear of their own, I don’t think we’d be talking about an 8 game win streak today. And certainly not talking about a presidents trophy. The next 8 will be interesting.

      • Not to start trouble but undefeated facing Habs Hawks Rangers 3-0 still haven’t played Pens Flyers…not to say they are winning a Presidents trophy (who cares if they do frankly lol) but maybe this team is actually good (something I didn’t think I’d ever be saying about Davidson Jarmo and Torts run team) lol

  3. So the Leafs snap the Pens streak can’t wait for tomorrow’s Striker post to explain why this is perfectly normal and expected with parity and the schedule for a team like Pittsburgh to lose to the Leafs after todays explanation of how 8 game winning steaks for Columbus are really no big deal when you’re just playing .500 hockey teams. lol

    • OTL stands for what again?

    • My thing would be that if the ref didn’t get in the way of the puck being cleared up the boards, would the game winner have happened?