NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – December 19, 2016

by | Dec 19, 2016 | News, NHL

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones celebrates his overtime goal against the Vancouver Canucks.

Game recaps, injury updates & more on the eve of the holiday roster freeze in your NHL morning coffee headlines. 

Note: The NHL’s holiday roster freeze runs from Dec. 19 – 27. 

NHL.com: Seth Jones scored in overtime as the Columbus Blue Jackets edged the Vancouver Canucks 4-3, picking up their ninth straight victory and giving head coach John Tortorella his 500th career win as an NHL head coach. 

Kevin Hayes tallied the shootout winner as the New York Rangers nipped the New Jersey Devils 3-2. Rangers goaltender Henirk Lundqvist collected his 389th career victory, tying him with Dominik Hasek for most wins by a European-born NHL goalie

Mark Stone scored and collected two assists while Zack Smith scored twice as the Ottawa Senators thumped the struggling New York Islanders 6-2. Senators goalie Andrew Hammond twisted his ankle in the first period and was replaced the rest of the way by Mike Condon. 

Scott Darling made 33 saves backstopping the Chicago Blackhawks to their fifth consecutive victory, downing the San Jose Sharks 4-1. Since starter Corey Crawford was sidelined by an emergency appendectomy, the Hawks are 6-2-1. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No, that doesn’t mean the Blackhawks are better without Crawford and should trade him. 

Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice and Patrik Laine sniped his 18th goal to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-1 win over the floundering Colorado Avalanche. 

Jimmy Hayes scored the only goal and Tuukka Rask turned in an 18-save shutout performance as the Boston Bruins blanked the Los Angeles Kings 1-0. The Kings were playing without wingers Dustin Brown (upper-body injury) and Marian Gaborik (healthy scratch). 

MLIVE.COM:  Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green could be day-to-day with a lower-body injury suffered in the final minute of the Wings 6-4 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. 

NBC SPORTS: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA director Donald Fehr are expected to meet in person next week to discuss the league’s possible participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can read about my take on this in my latest Soapbox piece